January 10, 2013
On Sunday, January 13 and Sunday, January 27, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globe Awards will officially air. Amazing actors, actresses, directors, producers, writers and many other talents are nominated. We’ve chosen to focus on a few of those who support and protect the environment when they aren’t showing off their skills on film or television. Furthermore, each of the following celebrities is nominated at each award show. Talk about talent!
Jessica Chastain is probably most known – and loved – for her role as Celia Foote in “The Help.” Now, she is getting recognition for her performance in “Zero Dark Thirty,” which details the hunt for Osama bin Laden. When she isn’t showing off her acting skills, the actress is speaking out about her environmentalism. As a vegan, she respects animals enough not to eat them. PETA even nominated her as 2012’s Sexiest Vegetarian. Most recently, she stood up against all forms of torture, including animals. She’s been known to say, “I don’t want to torture anything in my life.”
Anne Hathaway has been getting rave reviews for her role as prostitute Fantine in “Les Miserables.” As most know, she loves animals and incorporates veganism into her life as often as possible. While filming “Les Mis” she made sure to not go against her vegan lifestyle. For example, the actress sported custom-made vegan shoes by costume designer Paco Delgado. For her wedding, to now hubby Adam Shulman, the actress ensured her ceremony and reception respected nature and animals. The list goes on and on!
He’s handsome. He’s rugged. He acts. He sings. He loves the environment. What can’t Hugh Jackman do? This award season, Jackman is nominated for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in the acclaimed musical “Les Mis.” In his downtime, the actor helps out the planet. For example, in April 2012 he and his wife hosted a green charity event to help increase green space in the Hudson River Park area. Jackman’s also dabbled in organics, as he released organic chocolates just in time for Valentine’s Day in 2012.
Bryan Cranston is one of the many fabulous stars of AMC’s hit “Breaking Bad.” He is widely popular for playing Walter White. Like these other celebs on our list, he works here and there with nature. Did you know he is currently working on a net-zero energy residential building project in California? His 3Palms Project is focused on constructing a LEED certified home out of a 1940s bungalow. As he explains on the website, “My wife, Robin and I want to combine both form and function, and show the world that sustainable living doesn’t mean that there’s no indoor plumbing or that it will impinge on a modern lifestyle.”
Funny guy Alec Baldwin’s role on NBC’s “30 Rock” is coming to an end this year – it’s the last season – but that doesn’t mean he won’t be remembered or recognized this award season. He always seems to be nominated! In addition to his acting abilities, Baldwin is known for being a Hollywood green guy. From embracing veganism to fighting against horse-drawn carriages to battling climate change to supporting PETA, he keeps adding to his list of eco-friendly accomplishments. What will he do next?
Woody Harrelson’s time on “Cheers” will always bring fond memories for fans. It seems his part in HBO’s “Game Change” as Steve Schmidt will too. He’s been around for awhile making quite an impact in the acting and environmental world. While filming “Game Change,” he showed off his sustainable bus known as the “Mothership” that’s covered in solar panels. Harrelson is also loved and constantly recognized for his healthy eating habits. For the past 25 years, he’s been a vegan and isn’t ashamed to admit it. PETA even named him 2012’s Sexiest Vegetarian, alongside Jessica Chastain.
She’s a famous redhead who isn’t afraid to go to the extreme for a role. After all, Julianne Moore did portray Sarah Palin in “Game Change.” Another important role she plays in real life is mom to her two children. As a mom, Moore finds climate change an issue that needs resolving and that’s exactly why she partnered with Moms Clean Air Force. Here’s just a little snippet of what Moore thinks, “Moms know about sustainable energy. After all, their love is an unending supply and it keeps kids healthy.”
Over the summer, USA Network’s “Political Animals” received standing ovations from a variety of TV critics; and so did actress Sigourney Weaver for her part as Elaine Barrish. For years, Weaver’s been a part of Hollywood and the environmental community. In a 2010 interview with The Hill, the actress revealed she is “definitely” an environmentalist. This definitely makes sense, as she’s worked alongside the Natural Resource Defense Council fighting for oceans and even tries to incorporate green elements into the filming process.
Good luck to all these amazing Hollywood moguls and environmentalists at both award ceremonies!