In terms of pro­tein, how do you stay en­er­gized dur­ing long hours on set with a plant- based diet?

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Ev­ery­body asks me that, but some of our big­gest mam­mals, gorillas and ele­phants, are ve­gan. I’m con­stantly eat­ing quinoa, chickpeas— all those plant things that have pro­tein in them. I also love Vega pro­tein pow­der and thinkThin and Vega pro­tein bars. And there’s a ve­gan bar called No Cow that’s de­li­cious. I al­ways have some sort of snack on me, which is key.

That is some ER- wor­thy readi­ness!

One of my costars went ve­gan for about a month. For him, it just be­came a lit­tle dif­fi­cult hav­ing to prep his meals be­fore com­ing to set ev­ery day, but in the month he did it, he was like, ‘ I do def­i­nitely have so much more en­ergy.’ And I don’t drink caffeine or cof­fee, so maybe that’s a change in my diet that sus­tains me too.

How has elim­i­nat­ing caffeine been a game changer for you?

I love hav­ing a big ther­mos of hot wa­ter with lemon on me at all times now. It does some­thing for me in the morn­ing that cof­fee didn’t. I've run rather anx­ious in my whole sys­tem ever since I was a kid. Once I stopped drink­ing caffeine— and I was drink­ing about five cups of cof­fee a day— I felt like a whole new per­son. I couldn’t be­lieve it. I feel like I wasted years of my life, and I re­al­ize that caffeine was ex­ac­er­bat­ing that anx­i­ety so much. I drink a lot more wa­ter now. And my fa­vorite ( caffeine- free) tea is by Ron Tee­guarden, the Dragon Herbs guy. I drink his Spring Dragon Longevity Tea oc­ca­sion­ally with honey and al­mond milk in it. I love it.

Does your holis­tic ap­proach to health in­clude sup­ple­ments?

I take a lot of vi­ta­mins and sup­ple­ments. I re­cently be­gan do­ing acupunc­ture and started tak­ing a lot of Chi­nese herbs from my acupunc­tur­ist. I love be­ing able to reach out to that when I’m feel­ing low or feel­ing, like, oh, my stom­ach hurts. I be­lieve in med­i­ca­tion— I know a lot of peo­ple need med­i­ca­tion, and I’m not de­nounc­ing that at all. I have fam­ily mem­bers who are on an­tide­pres­sants, and I’m like, great, if it works for you, awe­some. So in no way am I negat­ing that or tak­ing away from that. But for me per­son­ally, I just know be­ing able to find that al­ter­na­tive that I know is holis­tic boosts my spirit even more and makes me feel re­ally great.

What spir­i­tual prac­tices nour­ish your mind and body?

Morn­ings I be­lieve are su­per, su­per sa­cred, and I do this book called A Course in Mir­a­cles that I dis­cov­ered when read­ing one of ( spir­i­tual teacher) Mar­i­anne Wil­liamson’s books. And I work with this fan­tas­tic en­ergy healer named Janet Raftis. She’s based in At­lanta, so we do a lot of re­mote heal­ing ses­sions over the phone. She sends you the au­dio af­ter­wards so you can sit and lis­ten to them as many times as you need. She has a lot of guided med­i­ta­tions that I’m al­ways lis­ten­ing to. She’s done a ton of re­treats that I go to. We do a lot of in­tu­itive coach­ing to­gether. So she coaches me on how to use the tools that she uses on my­self. I got cer­ti­fied with Reiki through her, so I do it my­self now, which has been a com­plete game changer as well.

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