Portman has been a vegetarian since the age of nine and a vegan for seven years. The Oscar-winning actress, 37, says that while she’s been a long-time believer in not killing animals, it was reading the book Eating Animals that led her to veganism. She became such a passionate advocate that she produced a documentary based on the book.
“We get to make decisions three times a day about what we do with our planet,” she says. “You can make a difference by, even once a day or once a week, choosing not to eat animals or animal products.”
Her veganism extends to not wearing leather or fur – habits that she admits make her “a parody of political correctness,” but she also says there’s no shame in “trying to be good in all aspects of our lives”.
Portman and her choreographer husband Benjamin Millepied also follow a vegan lifestyle with their two children, son Aleph and daughter Amalia.
“We eat a lot of Thai and Italian food,” she says. “I lean towards beans and lentils, but I love pasta and bread, too.”