NATALIE PORT­MAN

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - VEGAN SPECIAL -

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.”

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