She’s just not that into meat: Ginnifer Goodwin on going vegan

Spaghetti and wheatballs was cover star's Ginnifer Goodwin's entree of choice during our interview for the June issue. Never mind that it was only 11am. "I don't have to worry about the fact that I'm...


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.”

Read Danielle Stein’s complete interview with Ginnifer Goodwin HERE. See all the Steven Klein photographs HERE.

And read “Trials of a Fashion-loving Vegan” HERE.

Photos: Top, Steven Klein. Bottom, Steve Eichner.