Fresh Talent: Q&A with Vanessa Lengies

Fresh Talent: Q&A with Vanessa Lengies

Now a regular on TNT's HawthoRNe, Vanessa Lengies went veg in 2008, after a friend on the set of the A&E series The Cleaner hipped her to the health risks of eating meat. We talked with the 25-year-old actress, who appears in the September release My Suicide, about her newfound avocado obsession and experimenting with other veg fare.

Q  How has your diet evolved since you first became veg?

A  Initially I just bought all the packaged veg foods I could find. But pretty soon I got a stronger sense of what I should be eating, and I started making meals with fresh ingredients. One of my favorite dishes is roasted vegetables—I just put the veggies in a pan, then toss them with some olive oil, garlic, and salt before roasting. And I was never a fan of avocados, but now I love to slice them open and add a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or honey and salt.

Q  Is it hard to stick to being vegetarian on set?

A  There are a lot of vegans and vegetarians on the set of HawthoRNe, which has encouraged craft service to add hummus and vegetable platters. They definitely make sure we’re well fed and not just getting by on chips.

Q  What's your advice for vegetarians looking to liven up their diets?

A  It's great to keep experimenting. A little while ago my roommate and I cooked only Thai food for a week, trying out recipes with really yummy stuff like green papaya. And right now I'm getting into raw foods—it seems like a natural progression, since fresh fruits and veggies are such a focus for me.