Liam Hemsworth discusses his new vegan diet & why he’ll always love Miley

Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth covers the November issue of Men’s Fitness to promote Mockingjay: Part 2, where he will finish his portrayal of the wet blanket named Gale. Team Peeta all the way over here (I love bread). He’s also plugging his upcoming role in Independence Day: The Unnecessary Sequel, and I’m glad he’s getting more roles. Liam will probably never put tushes in box-office seats on his own, but he’s a good team player. You never hear the guy complaining about the press, the blogs, or paparazzi. He just wants to work and cruise along being a beefcake with a soft side.

In this interview, Liam talks a lot about Miley Cyrus, and the stuff he says is pretty sweet. They really did grow apart, which is what happens a lot when people are in their 20s, especially when we’re talking about a Disney star yearning to break free from her shackles. Otherwise, these excerpts paint Liam as a rescue dog enthusiast and newfound vegan. Oh, and he gives a little TMI about Chris Hemsworth’s tummy troubles:

Why he recently went vegan: “My own health, and after all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn’t continue to eat meat. The more I was aware of, the harder and harder it was to do. About six months ago I went and saw a nutritionist to do a blood-diet analysis. He basically told me, based on my blood type and all the other different little tests they do, that red meat was good for me, and I should eat a lot more red meat and various other foods. So I started doing that, and the more red meat I ate, the worse I felt. At the same time, I have a lot of friends who are vegan. [Hunger Games co-star] Woody Harrelson was actually one of the original reasons I became vegan, because he’s been vegan for, I don’t know, 30 years or something. So, with the facts I was gathering, and then just how I was physically feeling, I felt like I had to do something different, so I adopted this vegan-diet lifestyle. It’s been almost five months now.”

Big-brother Chris has tummy issues: “Chris is obviously extremely healthy and has played Thor and has had to work out a lot over the past few years. But he has a lot of digestive issues, and he’s constantly trying to figure out what’s best for his system. Through talking to me, he’s somewhat adapting, I think, to eating more vegetables and more plant-based stuff.”

His new rescue dog: “She’s awesome. I got her about a year ago. She’s the perfect dog. I’m a big advocate of pet rescue. Especially in California. If you’re going to get a dog, get a rescue.”

On Miley Cyrus: “You fall in love with who you fall in love with; you can never choose. I guess some people just come with a little more baggage. [Laughs.] I mean, look – we were together five years, so I don’t think those feelings will ever change. And that’s good because that proves to me that it was real. It wasn’t just a fling. It really was an important part of my life and always will be. She’s a free spirit. I think she’ll always surprise people with what she does, but she’s not a malicious person in any way. She’s a young girl who wants to do what she wants to do.”

[From Men’s Fitness]

Chris is gonna be so thrilled to hear how his brother revealed his digestive issues, right? Poor guy. Liam could be talking about anything from gluten sensitivity to any other type of allergy, but all I can think of is flatulence. Thor farts a lot, and girl, you know it’s true. On a more serious note, Liam said some awesome things about Miley. They simply grew into two very different people, and the engagement was never meant to last. It happens, and they handled the aftermath pretty well. There’s also the usual discussion of how hard Liam finds it to date while traveling all the time. He’ll be fine though. A hottie like him won’t stay single forever.

Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth

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  1. Ava says:

    i know this is not the important part of his interview, but i kind of wonder if he would have fallen for miley if hed met her now. also, what would his parents think of having a daughter in law like that!

    • Christin says:

      I never followed them closely, but recall how distant he seemed in photos, as she started ‘finding herself’. The breakup was no surprise.

    • perplexed says:

      That’s what I wonder too. I’m leaning towards no. He fell for a different person then.

    • Esteph says:

      I don’t think so. She has re-branded herself as a wild child, or rather I should say a very carefree fluid person. He comes off as stoic, well nurtured, level headed guy. He might have been in it for the sex, but nothing else IMO

      • Artemis says:

        Sex doesn’t keep people together. Not even young rich hot ones. Liam broke up with her after 5 years, that’s well past the initial lust phase. And he wanted to marry her, seemed like a very passionate but nonetheless REAL relationship.

        Also Liam could have had anybody and he choose Miley for years. That was a big commitment at that age. And in the end, he was capable of walking away when she changed (outwardly). He knew exactly who she was, she was wild but “behind the scenes”. He was there when she was eating that penis cake for her birthday. She was smoking weed already too. She always maintained that the way she is now, she was like that before Bangerz and evidence backs this up. It just wasn’t good for her image due to Disney.

        It was clear that she was the one who was clinging on to a dead relationship (as Bangerz explained).

        I don’t know why people can’t believe that Miley was loved deeply by Liam.

  2. astrid says:

    He seems pretty chill and level headed. good for him

  3. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Sweet about Miley.

    I rarely eat red meat and I try to be careful about sourcing it and chicken and fish. I think being vegan would be such an absolute pain in the neck and such a bore for me. I’m tired of the self-righteousness that seems to come with it. I’m speaking generally, as he was slightly, but not obnoxiously so. I love animals and I do a lot for them in terms of time and money. I also eat meat. I respect the fact that some people can’t eat meat because in their journey, they decided the two things weren’t compatible. But I’m tired of the implication that being vegan is the only possible outcome of loving animals, or that if you do decide to eat meat, you don’t love animals. That’s like saying if you’re pro-choice, you hate children. If you love the earth, you don’t drive a car. Be as extreme as you want – go for it. Just dial back the holier than thou.

    • Snazzy says:

      I’m with you – all things in studied, well thought through moderation. No need to lecture me about it, I also have a brain and am able to make my own judgements. To each his own -let’s respect that.

      • smcollins says:

        I’m in total agreement with you both. My cousin’s daughter is a hardcore vegan (she is even currently interning for PETA), and she definitely falls into the category of being self-righteous. Based on her FB posts living a vegan lifestyle makes them the enlightened ones, and all of us meat-eaters are just a bunch of unevolved Neanderthals (she doesn’t actually say that, but it’s definitely the message she sends). If it makes you happy then great, but don’t talk down and insult those who aren’t into it.

      • Janetdr says:

        One of my biggest annoyances as a vegetarian is that people always want to know why I do it and assume I am judging everyone else. I’m not, I do what I do because of animals, the planet and people and I don’t want to discuss it really unless someone is seriously interested. Then I tell them to read diet for a new America and I am done- he probably wouldn’t be talking about it either but was asked

    • ncboudicca says:

      I think…(full disclosure, I’ve done Veganuary but having a hard time committing to a vegan diet because of where I live and no support from my husband) that the holier-than-thou impression we see from some Vegans is a result of them always having to justify their lifestyle decision to everyone else on the planet. People constantly ask “But where will you get your protein?” or say “Veganism isn’t healthy” or “Hey, watch me eat this (insert any type of meat) – yum yum, meat” Basically all I’m saying is that sometimes their attitude is a result of everyone’s reaction to what they’re doing. That being said – yes, there are some total d’bags on this topic out there who are so strident that they really turn off a lot of people!

      • Zip says:

        Yes! to to your comment! People seem to forget that vegans are often being attacked by those comments more often than not. Even if one did not initiate the “discussion” about it.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I’m sorry people do that to you. What is wrong with them? I assume that most people who are vegans or vegetarians have done their homework and know where to get their protein and how to be healthy. As for “watch me eat this..” I just can’t relate to that at all.

        It could be that you’re right and people are just reacting to what’s being said to them, but I bet I will get vegan=love animals responses.

      • Evie says:

        I was a strict vegetarian for 5 years. I’m still largely a vegetarian, but I dabble in chicken every now and again. I was constantly interrogated by non-vegetarians (it happened more so with men than women) about why I wasn’t eating meat, and how weird it was and then would receive a lecture on health and protein intake.

        I’m the type of person to not draw attention to myself and never make a big deal out of my tastes (especially when invited as a guest to people’s homes). When eating with others every time I’d pass on a meat based entree I was always grilled about why I wasn’t eating meat. I would simply comment, “I’m a vegetarian” and leave it at that, only to be met with people making fun of me, and demanding to know why I’d do that, or taking questions to the extreme “so if you were on an island and HAD to kill an animal to survive, would you do it or let yourself starve?” Whenever my vegetarianism came up it always became A Thing. People would never just leave me alone about it. And what frustrated me the most is the fact that the reason why I was a vegetarian, is because I just don’t like the taste of meat and never really have. But God forbid I say that, because then I’m grilled about why I don’t think meat tastes good! Uh!
        Sorry, that was mostly pent up irritation from past experiences. Haha.

        I get some vegans/vegetarians can be self-righteous and rude, but there are plenty of meat eaters who are just as in your face and exhausting.

    • Zip says:

      If you really love animals I can only encourage you to try a vegan diet for a couple of months. Yes, months. That what it takes to change your way of thinking and your taste and to get to know the places and products you will discover newly for you. Your meal plan does not get reduced, actually there will be so many more things to add that you had not thought about before. It’s just a mind game really.

      Also, the self-rightious vegans are a minority. They are just the loudest and they piss me off, too.

      That being said, I don’t think this can be compared at all: “But I’m tired of the implication that being vegan is the only possible outcome of loving animals, or that if you do decide to eat meat, you don’t love animals. That’s like saying if you’re pro-choice, you hate children.”
      The difference is that you torture (the “living” conditions are horrible unless you buy local organic meat and people rarely do that) and kill an animal for food, its skin, your pleasure or whatever. An abortion on the other hand – I’m talking about those within the first 12 weeks – removes cells or a fetus that would not feel anything or be able to live on their own. This cannot be compared to killing a child because it is not a person yet. And yes, if you kill a child I’d think you are not very fond of them.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        People who believe that life begins at conception believe you are killing children when you abort a fetus. You don’t believe that, and neither do I. But those people think we approve of and ignore the murder of hundreds of thousands of children every year, and we don’t care about children. That’s my point. You believe that I can’t love animals and eat meat. I don’t believe that. People have loved animals and eaten meat for centuries. I can buy organic, free range chicken and organic, grass fed beef, no hormones in either, and the chicken is local. That’s the best I can do where I live. My fish market lists endangered non-sustainable species and I don’t buy them. I already eat vegetables and legumes and salad and grains for breakfast and lunch and have a small portion of meat at dinner about 4 to times a week. I feel better than I ever have, and I don’t want to be vegan. I love to cook and I love to eat and I would be bored.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        I think this is exactly what GNAT is talking about. Maybe her analogy wasn’t perfect but we all get her point. Vegans – the ones I’ve met – tend to not be satisfied with living that lifestyle themselves. They’re like Jehova’s Witnesses, they need to convert people. “The difference is that you torture (the “living” conditions are horrible unless you buy local organic meat and people rarely do that) and kill an animal for food, its skin, your pleasure or whatever.” That’s it, really. I sometimes eat a steak and to you that means I “torture” and “kill”. Sure, the animal needs to be killed but that’s nature. Industrial farming is not so I try to avoid those products like the plague. But yeah, I eat animals. Sometimes.

        My problem with preachy vegans and their “torture, slaughter, kill, murder” rhetoric is that those living in western countries ALL benefit from slave labor. Animals need to be protected at all costs but people seem to slip their minds. That sweater didn’t come from cotton planted in your backyard and it wasn’t sewn by your granny. The raw materials in our phone or iPad didn’t come from “ethical mining”. That gold jewelry? Household appliances? I could go on. My point is that many vegans are very loud and very hypocritical. And I get tired of it.

      • Brittney B. says:


        “I love to cook and I love to eat and I would be bored.”

        I think a lot of people feel this way about veganism… but can I share something? I didn’t care about food at ALL until I went vegan. I barely cooked, always bought the same processed things when I shopped, etc. After making the switch, I had to start caring. It’s actually FUN for me to shop for ingredients and look for new recipes and try new restaurants, and I never thought I’d say that. I was not someone who thought food brought people together… but now that my partner and I have switched to veganism, we cook together and visit new places that we never knew existed.

        Basically, I don’t buy that any diet is “boring”. If you love preparing meat and think tofu would be more boring, I encourage you to look past the cliches and find out about all the amazing vegetable and fruit and grain dishes that are possible when you don’t use meat. In fact, when meat and butter and cheese and eggs are no longer in the picture, I’ve found you have to get way more creative and learn about new flavors and spices to make interesting dishes. The opposite of boring.

        I mean… in my opinion it doesn’t get more boring than meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Give me a colorful ratatouille full of fresh thyme and pressed olive oil and the freshest roots and veggies any day…

        Also, @littlemissnaughty…

        I know what you mean. I agree that preachy people in GENERAL — it’s not just vegans, not by a long shot — are seriously lacking perspective. You can’t zero in on one issue and pretend you’re the best person in the world when there are so many other issues.

        But here’s the thing… I’ve been a member of the vegetarian community for 15 years, and I’ve been a vegan for two years. It’s through animal work that I’ve become acquainted with worker’s rights and slave labor and a variety of human rights issues that I never considered before. Factory farming is actually one of the grossest violations of human rights, not just because it wastes so much land for livestock feed and is destroying the environment (more than all forms of transportation combined)… but also because of what it does to the workers. Rape and murder go up in towns with slaughterhouses, and PTSD is very common among workers who are forced (often by economic and social reasons) to stand in pools of blood and take lives all day every day. The blades don’t get replaced often, and it gets harder as the day goes on to take the lives swiftly.

        Basically, being vegan made me more compassionate in many other ways. I campaigned for farm worker’s rights and boycotted restaurants that used tomatoes from farms that chained illegal immigrants to truck beds. I don’t focus on animal rights and pretend human rights abuses don’t happen… they actually go hand in hand, and when you start looking into one and making different choices, your eyes begin to open.

        What the OP meant by “torture” was the conditions in which the animals kill. They didn’t say YOU kill or torture the animals, just that the meat industry continues to perpetuate a demand for it. (And by the way… even that “ethical meat” is usually sent to the same exact slaughterhouses as the factory farmed animals when it’s time for the blade.)

        I know it’s natural to remove yourself from the actions and point out the disconnect between eating meat and producing it in horrible conditions… but many vegans chose this diet because we do see the direct connection between consumption and inhuman production methods. It seems you do too… you point out the sweater, the iPad, the gold, the appliances… and that’s great. It’s a good way to look at the world. I avoid most of those products precisely because of the conditions that make them possible. I can afford to, and I know others can’t, but I won’t just shut up and stay silent either.

        Many people, period, are very loud and very hypocritical. When some vegans do it, though, it causes an unprecedented level of defensiveness and people start pointing out the hypocrisy, and to be honest, it usually feels a lot like deflection. Should we just throw up our hands and say “screw it, there’s always going to be suffering, so let’s just stop trying to boycott any of it”? No, we should go in the other direction instead. Compassionate consumption is the best way to fight injustice that is driven by consumers and profit. It’s overwhelming to think about all of it, and I know that most people don’t even have the luxury of making different choices… but when people DO have the knowledge and the ability to choose, they tend to point the finger at vegans instead of making small sacrifices. Those sacrifices add up… they can be life-changing in amazing ways.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        Brittney, I think that’s exactly the point. Our lifestyle in general is not sustainable and needs to change. On every level. I didn’t mean to imply that animal rights don’t matter because they absolutely do. 1) The way we produce meat/dairy is unhealthy, environmental insanity, and ruins other countries’ farmers. 2) It’s just plain gross. Nobody needs to eat 2lbs of chemical-soaked meat every week, that’s insane.

        I’m very much aware that whatever I do, as long as I live in Europe, I will cause harm to someone somewhere else. I try to stick to local produce, eat very little meat and if I do, it’s organic. You get my drift. I’ve had to cut out products that I loved because they came from certain brands or companies that are the worst of the worst. But at some point, you’re out of options. I mentioned clothes. You know it’s impossible for most people to avoid clothes that are manufactured under the most questionable circumstances. I don’t need to go on, I think we actually agree on all of this.

        Re vegans specifically, my problem is that the loud ones usually don’t see the big picture. These hipster kids with 3 iPads who shop at Primark. I’m exaggerating but you know who I mean. They’re the ones who scream “murderer” at me over my organic steak but have no idea that their cute bracelet was most likely made by children in India. I’m just saying. I’ll have a good discussion about these issues anytime but I’m out as soon as every good choice I make in life is negated by my one steak every few weeks. Because that’s just insane.

      • pirategirl says:

        I cannot agree or like your post enough Brittney B., so well put!! Factory farming not only is horrific for the animals, it’s just as bad for the workers. Thank you for sharing.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        You’re right, I shouldn’t have implied that vegan dishes have to be boring, if that’s what I did. I’m sure many dishes are thrilling. I meant that it would be a bore to me to have so many restrictions in my cooking – no eggs, no dairy – right there you’ve taken away baking – my favorite thing to do. And yeah, I’ve had vegan cookies. No thanks. To suggest I eat nothing but meatloaf and potatoes is just as inaccurate, though. I love vegetables, and know they are delicious. And I don’t think you need to be vegan to boycott a restaurant that chains its workers to truck beds. I think even a carnivore would do that. I guarantee you this one would.

    • jwoolman says:

      He wasn’t being holier than thou. He was just explaining why he himself needed to eat vegan and how he got to that point. Is he supposed to lie about the ethical dilemma he faced and pretend it was just a health issue when it wasn’t? He’s not threatening or disrespecting your ethical/religious decisions, just explaining his own.

      Sometimes people who change their diet for any reason do go overboard on evangelizing, which is probably the source of the pushy vegan myth. There are also pushy weight losers, pushy religious converts, pushy smoothie fanatics, pushy carnivorous primal eaters, etc. But most vegans and vegetarians, like most carnivores, just want to eat in peace. I’ve been in the position where some carnivores keep pushing and prodding for an explanation of why I’m not eating the meat, fish, fowl etc. Why they even care is baffling. I don’t bring it up myself. It’s not as though I’m pointing a gun at their head and saying “drop the Big Mac or else”. Some of my best friends are carnivores. But people can be very sensitive about food choices (“reject my food, you reject me” mentality) and can feel threatened especially if a person admits to a different belief about the need for non-obligate carnivores like humans to kill other animals for our food or the morality of it all. Even just saying it’s for health reasons often isn’t enough to shift the topic of conversation away from my plate, since some will then decide to argue that eating dead animals is essential to good health. But even briefly mention ethics, and that’s a real hot point. People just get uncomfortable about it no matter how diplomatic the non-carnivore tries to be. They want to be told that it’s perfectly all right for them to kill animals for food, but that’s not really the way I feel about it and if they keep pushing me, I’ll have to admit it.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yes, I said I was speaking generally, not about him specifically. And as I said in response to ncboudicca, I can’t imagine why people would comment on what you are eating or try to make you defend it. There’s no excuse for that. And of course you have every right to believe what you believe and say what you believe. I respect your choice, even though it’s not mine. I think I’m mainly responding (late) to a poster we had on here a couple of weeks ago who stated that you cannot love animals and eat meat. Period. I understand how she came to that decision, but it isn’t one person’s place to tell everyone else how they feel. And I certainly didn’t mean to lump all vegans into one box and say they are all self-righteous. I just have run into a few bad apples, I guess. We should all be able to eat in peace, as you say.

      • Brittney B. says:

        EXACTLY. You said everything I wanted to say, but better.

    • Hudson Girl says:

      Buy organic meat! GMO fed animals scare me.

    • Brittney B. says:

      Supposed “self-righteousness” has nothing to do with the plant-based diet itself. If you’ve encountered vegans who get judgey, then I’m sorry… you encountered counterproductive vegans.

      But it’s just plain lazy to use PETA and other ineffective protestors as a reason to ignore the benefits of plant-based diets. It’s not for everyone, and in a country full of food desserts and cheap processed food and dairy/meat subsidies, it’s not even accessible or possible for everyone to go vegan. But if you have the ability to TRY, please don’t associate some “bad apples”, as you say, with living a more compassionate life.

      Also, since you threw out the S-word, I do have to say… can you imagine what it’s like to be a vegan in a world that constantly calls US self-righteous while shoving meat ads and “I love bacon” posts down our throats, though? Vegans are NOT the ones with the most dominant and aggressive messaging, not by a long shot. And you’ve probably met tons of vegans who never even mentioned it, because we’re sick of getting attacked when someone finds out. People get seriously defensive, and I’m convinced the “militant vegan” stereotype has more to do with self-defense than self-righteousness.

      I mean… there’s literally an ad on TV with an older woman walking up to a younger woman, shoving a hamburger in her mouth, and laughing when she says she’s vegan. We’re the punching bags these days… and why? Because we have empathy, and we act on it. We don’t eat products that are only made possible by enormous suffering. Making fun of THAT is deflection at best and malicious at worst.

      • Crumpet says:

        A plant based diet is very healthy. It’s what most doctors advocate. But veganism takes it 3 steps beyond that.

        I respect anyone’s right to eat how they want, and would never advocate what you are describing. I am sorry you have experienced it.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        But, BB, you are doing exactly what I’m talking about. Since you’re vegan, you assume that all I eat are processed meats and twinkies. I cook everything we eat from scratch. Just like my grandmother and mother did. My grandparents both lived to be in their late nineties and my parents are almost 80 and still play golf. I’m not convinced that being vegan is healthier than eating a small amount of meat. I’m happy that you’ve found a diet that makes you happy. But I don’t think it’s for me. And I still think I’m a compassionate person who wouldn’t eat at a restaurant that was chaining workers to trucks. i didn’t mean to make anyone defensive, or imply that all vegans are self-righteous and I am truly sorry you feel attacked by TV commercials. That’s ridiculous – you have the right to eat whatever you want. It took me a half hour to type this because my iPad is going nuts, so I’ll just leave it there.

    • Crumpet says:

      I saw a bumper sticker yesterday – “Love animals, don’t eat them.” Like you can’t do both? My daughter (11 years old) is talking about becoming vegetarian. I just listen to her, and I’ll respect whatever decision she makes. But humans are omnivores. We have the teeth and digestive system to prove it. We can get away with not eating animal products because of supplements, but it isn’t natural. B12 is only found in animal products – Red Star yeast is supplemented. Yeast is not a natural source of B12 (because I know it will come up).

      • Brittney B. says:

        You say it like it’s a fact… nutritional science is still in the dark ages compared to other scientific disciplines, and government subsidies and corporate interests haven’t helped to make it more transparent and productive. I’ve seen some studies that point to what you say, but I’ve seen many others that prove the opposite. Don’t just assume you have the hard facts and stop questioning it… I haven’t, and I’m a vegan!

        That said… if we’re talking about what’s natural… what could be more *unnatural* than consuming the infant milk of another species? The civilizations that avoided dairy enjoyed longer lifespans. In fact, some Asian island communities had the longest lifespans on Earth until about a decade ago, when milk and cheese were introduced by Western companies. I know you were talking about meat — and I’ve been without it for 15 years, no supplements either, and healthier than ever according to my bloodwork — but for me, switching to veganism was much more transformative because of the effects of dairy. It just doesn’t make any sense to drink cow’s milk, period.

      • There’s a lot of absolutism going on here. While it’s true you can love animals and eat them as well, getting to know a bit more about common farming practices (yes, even the “organic” and “free range” ones) makes it extremely difficult to do so with a clear conscience. I’ve been a plant based eater for five years (with the occasional fish meal once in a blue moon), but it wasn’t until recently that I really learned and understood about farming practices. A lot of what goes on the package (i.e. “Free range”) is simply marketing prose. The documentary “Vegucation” touches on this a little, and is a eye-opener, and a good jumping off point.

        Nutrition is an interesting field, fraught with strongly held beliefs that people are reluctant to let go.

      • Sam says:

        Crumpet: Actually, B12 does not directly come from animals – it comes from soil and the bacteria that live in it. It’s most easily accessible to us in meat form because it accumulates in the animal’s muscles and tissue throughout it’s life. There’s a theory that postulates that humans should wash our food less and consume the small amounts of dirt or soil that naturally cling to our produce and that that would address any concerns about B12.

        But please look more into B12. Animals do NOT produce it and it is not solely available from animal sources. In fact, no living animal naturally produces it. B12 is now often seen as an example of the idea that animals should naturally consume soil – and that probably includes humans.

      • Crumpet says:

        Documentaries are a terrible way to become educated, actually. All they are in someone else’s opinion on things and they show and tell you what they want you to know.

        The source of B12 vitamin is what matters. Yes, soil has some forms of it and so do plants, but we cannot utilize that form of it. Bioavailable B12 is produced by the bacteria that live in the gut of ruminants, and it is that bacteria that is cultured so that bioavailable B12 can be produced for supplementation.

    • mp says:

      GNAT thank you for this! For example: I believe in local business and farm support but it doesn’t make me a horrible person to go to a chain restaurant.

      I volunteer with rescues but I paid for my dog, etc.

      I feel like we all have our causes but we are all hypocrites in some way – do what you can and don’t make it a moral superiority thing.

    • BabyJane says:

      Migrant laborers, especially in agriculture, are often mistreated, too. The amount of non-biological elements in and on the outside of produce is comparable to that in and on the outside of ranch animals. This argument for veganism is ridiculous and hypocritical. If mistreatment is your complaint, grow and make your own foods. Anything, ANYTHING mass produced and distributed, including precious vegetables, will have a provenance of mistreatment somewhere along its existence and delivery to your home, plate, and mouth.

      • sofia says:

        Veganism isn’t about purity. Just because something isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it’s not valuable considering the available choices.

    • sofia says:

      As a Vegan, I’ll share this. I knew vegetarians but was really comfortable with the idea of eating fish and “happy meat”. It just felt good and responsible to do something and still be mainstream. I used to roll my eyes to any concept of Veganism because it felt extreme. And I truly believed in many of the arguments people wrote here (protein, we are omnivores, canines, B12, circle of life…) until I took the step to really inform myself with an open mind without any commitment to change (I have commitment issues in general). And I’m not going to lie, it took me a year and it wasn’t a comfortable journey. I felt that I had been lied too about many of the “facts” we perpetuate, I felt disappointed by the doctors who barely know anything about nutrition and feel ok about telling us what to do when science doesn’t back that up. I even went into Teleology Ethics (theory of morality that derives duty or moral obligation from what is good or desirable as an end to be achieved) to try to find a way out, a rational justification for not embracing Veganism and I couldn’t find one. Most arguments against it are not consistent and the grey areas do not invalidate what veganism defends. It’s not perfect but it is at the moment a pretty good way to change things for the better. If you are curious about it look for info outside the internet (there’s a lot of self-righteousness online and superficial info) and if you sympathize with it evaluate your circumstances and do what you can, you are the only one who can know how far you feel comfortable going. Start vegetarian, avoid leather or buy 2nd hand, look at the composition of your cosmetics… You never know where baby steps might take you. And you don’t need to label yourself, it’s about what you do, not about belonging into a group. Good luck!:)

    • The only person I tease about their eating habits is my younger sister. She’s 16, and is somehow a mixture of holier than thou, lazy, and jumping on fads–type of person. I was like 15 when she said she wasn’t going to be eating red meat–just stuff like chicken and fish. Which then devolved into her being the only one allowed to eat the turkey lunch meat for school (UGHHH…and I love love turkey sandwiches). And then my mom stopped her when she was eating like half a pack per sandwich. I held a grudge for a long time. But then she started eating red meat again. And then all of a sudden she says she’s a vegetarian (but eating fish) because it’s better for you (that’s all she’ll say). So I of course tease her. Then a year later, when I’m teasing her about it–she says that she’s a “vegetarian” because of how the animals are treated. And I’m like…’re still eating fish. You’re not a vegetarian girl. Just stahp. The lazy part comes in–she learn how to cook AT ALL….and when my mom made her some vegetarian meals for when she was getting her cancer treatments, my sister didn’t eat them at alll. Which really pissed off my mom.

      But yea–I agree. I hate when people say or imply that you don’t love animals as much as they do because you eat meat. I would actually cry, I think, if I had some kind of condition to where I couldn’t eat meat……but I’m also starting to figure out more dishes with just vegetables, and not rely on meat so much. It depends on what I’m eating. Like if I’m eating a Southern dinner-type…I want some meat. I ate greens for dinner last night….and I ended up eating a few small pieces of ham, from the ham hock that had been cooked with the greens. That’s fine by me.

    • Kath says:

      GNAT: I’ve been a vegetarian for 25 years and never volunteer this information. Yet every time I have to go out to a work lunch etc. people at the table interrogate me about it, ask me a million questions in front of other people and generally embarrass me. On one occasion where there was literally nothing on the menu without meat in it, the chef came out and proceeded to question me in front of 20 work colleagues about what I would and wouldn’t eat, and WHY I was a vegetarian.

      When asked (which is the ONLY time I offer this information), I find that if you say it is for health or ecological reasons, that’s somehow OK. But if you say if it is for animal welfare reasons, people sh-t all over you and feel perfectly entitled to tell you that you’re a misguided idiot.

      People constantly feel the need to foist their (unasked for) opinions on me about my vegetarianism, and other vegos have confirmed that this is also their general experience.

      To be honest, I think the ‘holier than thou’ attitude you speak off is often projected onto the hapless vegetarian/vegan by carnivores – not the other way around.

  4. Zip says:

    I applaud him for going vegan. Men often link eating meat to masculinity so having empathy with animals and being vegetarian or even vegan is frowned upon or ridiculed.

    • Brittney B. says:

      Yes. Definitely. It’s so much sexier to see a man who has compassion and takes action.

      I think that’s a big part of the anti-vegan rhetoric, too… toxic masculinity. Why else would big men think it’s okay to wave bacon in front of young women’s faces when they find out they’re vegan (yep, it’s happened at least five times in the past few years alone)…? Once, I was in a restaurant and the people in the next booth overheard me and my partner, discussing which options might be vegan. After we ordered, the next table spent the ENTIRE meal talking loudly about the animals they killed for fun, the lard and bacon grease that was probably in all the food there (it wasn’t), and how much fun it was to eat animal flesh. They reacted SO violently and inappropriately… and decided to ruin a stranger’s meal… simply because the idea of NOT eating meat offended them so much.

    • Tara says:

      Agreed. Go Liam 🙂

  5. smcollins says:

    He seems like a sweet guy with a good head on his shoulders. From what I’ve read about Chris it also seems they have a pretty close family that keeps them grounded. I like both of them, and wish them lots of success.

  6. neutral says:

    If I was Chris I would be seriously p****d at my little brother right now.

    • Allie says:

      Why? He barely said anything! He has digestive issues, and Liam didn’t go into detail about what it is. I bet Chris doesn’t care in the slightest.

      • neutral says:

        Because it isn’t up to Liam to tell the world about Chris’s health issues. They are private unless Chris announces them.

      • hadlyB says:

        I don’t think its a huge deal and I doubt Chris will be upset over farts. Men love farts and think they are funny.

        Now if he was having problems with his man parts…then yes he would be pissed Liam talked about his failure to get it up.

      • SloaneY says:

        I actually think it’s cool he’s bringing up digestive problems. It’s sort of the last taboo thing to talk about, yet I bet 50% of the population has some sort of digestive trouble. People talk about their private parts all day long but we can’t talk about our upset colons because that’s not sexy. IBS, Crohn’s, diverticulitis; none of these things get the research dollars that other causes do because nobody wants to talk about them.

    • neutral says:

      I’ll agree to disagree with you. 🙂

    • vauvert says:

      How do you know that Chris is not OK with his brother talking about it? And why is it such a huge deal? It’s not like he revealed that his brother has a STD or is a rapist.

      As someone who suffers from a painful and uncomfortable chronic digestive illness, I am tired of people not discussing digestive health – because apparently if something has to do with gas or poop then it’s a bad joke. But it is not, and incidence of all digestive maladies is sharply on the rise particularly in western countries. I am glad to see a male star openly discuss his diet and Gi issues, his or someone else’s, because so few ever do. It’s not a shameful disease, we have done nothing to earn it, just like a cancer patient has done nothing to earn it.

  7. InvaderTak says:

    Fame hasn’t stopped the Hemsworth bros from being bros I see. Chris is going to get him for that lol

    • Lilacflowers says:

      And I suspect it will be hilarious.

    • pinetree13 says:

      I didn’t read the post as ‘flatulence’ but seriously what guy ISN’T gassy?!?!?! I’ve been breathing in their out-puts my whole life GAG! Where are these non-gassy men you all speak of?!?!

  8. Talie says:

    I feel like his time is kind of passing him by — I see him on TV soon, not that that is a bad thing in any way.

  9. Franca says:

    I’m #TeamJohanna. The only interesting character in the franchise.

    Liam came across really wel in this. I don’t think he’s dull, but when you put him next to people who are so in your face all od the time, like JLaw, it’s hard to get a word in.

  10. GlimmerBunny says:

    I’m also Team Peeta all the way (trust me, most people will be after Mockingjay 2), but he comes across as super nice and grounded in this interview. I wish him the best in his career!

  11. Saphana says:

    lol how he presses his biceps with his fingers to make it seem bigger.

  12. Mimz says:

    I just always thought that he is so much cuter than Chris. But he also seems very calm, very chilled. A guy that likes simple things. . . He seems like a nice guy.

  13. Lucy says:

    I’ve grown to like him a lot in the past few years. He may not be the best actor of his generation, but seems hard-working and just an all around nice, simple guy.

  14. realitycheck says:

    I am so glad that he is promoting his Vegan lifestyle. People need to be made more aware of the environmental impact and the cruelty on animals. It isn’t an easy path and it’s great to have more support.

  15. EN says:

    He comes across well in this interview.

    As for the vegan diet, I don’t know if it is possible to maintain much muscle on it.

    I don’t eat much meat, never have. it is mostly veggies and a little bit of meat / fish. But even though I tried I could never give it up completely. I start carving it badly, which tells me my body needs it. Tofu is not doing it for me.

    • The muscle building thing as a vegan athlete is a very common misconception. Check out Robert Cheeke, a bodybuilder who has been vegan for a bazillion years. Also Brendan Brazier, one of the worlds best iron man athletes and ultra marathoners, Carl Lewis the sprinter, and I think Tony Horton (the P90x trainer) was vegan for years as well, though I’m not sure if he still is. It can be done.

  16. Anon says:

    Can’t he hear the tomatoes screaming?

    • Kath says:

      Gosh, how original. Also “carrots have feelings too”. So very amusing and nothing that a vegetarian/vegan has ever heard before.

      • pinetree13 says:

        I’m not vegan but I don’t understand why people rip on vegans so much. THey say it’s their attitude but people will attack vegetarians/vegans unprovoked.

  17. Jaded says:

    It sounds like he’s approaching his vegan diet armed with enough knowledge and compassion to justify it to those who make fun of it. I’ve known a few radical PETA vegans who are sanctimonious and judgey and they’re a pain in the ass. But I also know many vegetarians who never say a word unless you invite them for dinner and they mention they don’t eat meat. In fact my boyfriend decided to go vegetarian about 25 years ago when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. He did a lot of research and made the decision based on empirical data showing that a vegetarian diet can help manage diabetes. He got some flack from “the guys” and still does occasionally until he mentions that it’s because he has a life-threatening condition. All things considered he’s extremely healthy and his endocrinologist says he’s the poster-boy for successfully managing diabetes.

    So good for Chris – it’s people like him who are a good influence in getting others to pay more attention to eating a healthy diet; not necessarily adopting a vegan lifestyle but at least boosting the veggies and complex carbs, and eating smaller portions of organically raised meat and fish, without hormones or antibiotics.

  18. Jen43 says:

    I like him and his brother. I think he was good for Miley and wish they were still together. Since they broke up, she seems self destructive and lost.

    • The only thing I HATED about their break up was how SHE played it. It was clear that they hadn’t been together in months…..and then she announced their break up two seconds before that “Wrecking Ball” video came out. I asked my sister about the video (in relation to Miley and Liam) and she was mad at Liam for breaking her heart! Like we don’t know how/why they broke up, but THAT’S the impression all of her teenaged fans got. That Liam was just this a-hole. I mean, I think he’s a horrible/meh actor, he’s cute but that’s about it, but I think that’s just kinda mean.

  19. Diane says:

    He was raised well to speak with respect about women in his life – or be silent also. Wish there were more like that.

  20. meh says:

    I’m just going to put this out there. I think these two get back together.

  21. iseepinkelefants says:

    Oh yeah! Her Pilates phase lol. I forgot all about that.

  22. Auntie Git says:

    You crack me up! I LOL’d at “where he will finish his portrayal of the wet blanket named Gale” and “Thor farts a lot, and girl, you know it’s true.” Annnnnnd now I can’t stop singing the Milli Vanilli song! 😀 Thanks for that!!

  23. MND says:

    Easy to be gracious when the world is handed to you on a platter. I’d like to see how gracious he’d be if had to really fight to get his needs met.

  24. wannabevegan says:

    I’m vegetarian – I would love to be vegan but still finding it hard to give up eggs and cheese. People who are very evangelical about veganism are so because most of them believe that meat is murder. I think the more you learn about the meat industry that supplies our supermarkets, the harder it becomes to justify eating meat (If you live somewhere where you hunt, keep livestock and eat meat to survive, that’s a different ball game obviously) So, if you adhere to the belief that the meat industry is cruel, wasteful and damaging to the environment, how can you be anything other than vocal about it? Imagine if you learned that humans were being butchered in the same way as these animals are – you would be horrified.