The actor described his decision to become a vegetarian as one of the best choices of his life in a video for PETA. Whitaker also credited a meatless diet for helping him lose weight after his Academy Award-winning role in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland. “I gained a lot of weight to play Idi Amin and afterward I got a little more serious about diet and exercise. Also, I don't think being a vegetarian hurts,” he told Parade magazine.
This past winner of PETA’s sexiest celebrity vegetarian title and Tron star tries to be aware of where her food comes from. “Often we forget the power of each of our purchases. We are the consumer, the demand, and the fuel for every industry we choose to support. Therefore, I try to be mindful about where my dollar votes go, and this is a huge reason I have chosen to adopt a vegan diet,” she wrote on her Web site. “Beyond my desire to boycott the torture factories, I am way happier when I eat a plant-based diet, and I feel about a thousand times more energetic.”