Goodwin says that her turn toward veganism started with an epiphany one day while preparing her morning coffee: "We were filming the road trip episode of this season's Big Love and we were staying in a hotel. I was doing a lot--and I mean a lot—of yoga at the time, and I've heard it's not uncommon for something like this to happen when you are in a stage like that," she explains. "Anyway, I was having my morning coffee, and I was pouring milk into it, and all I can say is that I suddenly realized what it was that I was pouring into my coffee. I was so disgusted, because I had never actually stopped to think about what milk is. And dairy had always been my favorite food group! I thought, 'Surely this feeling will pass,' but at lunchtime I was still disgusted. Over the next few days, I started really thinking about what I was eating."
Still, despite her unwavering passion, Goodwin says she has no desire to become a vegan proselytizer. "So many people say to me, 'I tried, and it was too hard,' or 'I had to cheat,' and I always think, 'Then it's not right for you,'" she says. "You shouldn't have to try. For me there's no "try" involved. There's nothing I want less than a piece of cheese or a burger. I have nightmares I'm being force-fed these things. I have no interest in converting anyone," Goodwin concludes. "It's purely how I want to live my life. I don't judge anyone."
And read "Trials of a Fashion-loving Vegan" HERE.
Photos: Top, Steven Klein. Bottom, Steve Eichner.