10 Questions for Julia Stiles

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GL: There has been mention that you are a vegetarian or vegan. Is that still the case?

JS: Oy vey. This has been an ongoing conflict and exploration of mine, trying to balance my desire not to harm other animals, and even people, but also trying to be healthy. I became a vegetarian in high school, because I was eating lamb and it dawned on me that I was eating muscle and that the bone part was the part with marrow inside. Then I became vegan when I was 18, but I became anemic.

Now I think I have it figured out more. I eat fish. I think Michael Pollan's philosophy is a good one: "Eat food, mostly plants, not too much." Obviously, if I'm in Argentina, I'm going to have a steak, but I don't love meat, really. I always think about where the food came from and who had to get it.

GL: What was the last thing you ate?

JS: A homemade salad with Belgian endive and radicchio, avocado, and apple-cider vinegar and olive oil, and some German brown bread. When I'm working, I need to be pretty disciplined, but I do like to enjoy my food. I like to keep it fresh and wholesome. Preparing your own food can be a great way to unwind.

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