Just by looking at him, you might not think Tobey Maguire is one of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars. The star of the summer blockbuster Spiderman III and the critically acclaimed films The Cider House Rules and Seabiscuit, is indeed taking Tinsel Town by storm with no signs of slowing down. Although he is an intensely private person, he does share one aspect of his personal life that he has in common with many others young stars, such as Alicia Silverstone (link to her spotlight in archive) and Josh Harnett – being a vegetarian.
“I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian, meaning I eat dairy and things with egg products, although I don't like eggs and I'm not particularly fond of dairy, either,” Maguire told an interviewer for Eonline.
In 1992, due to a lifelong aversion to meat and chicken, Maguire decided to become a vegetarian. About his dislike of meat, the actor says, “I would start imagining what I was eating and what kind of life the animal led and all that kind of stuff.”
Since becoming a vegetarian, he has learned to eat and cook to fit his new lifestyle. He is a big fan of nuts and tofu, something he adds to everything, including pasta. He also enjoys gourmet vegetarian pizza with a side of broccoli.*
Tobey MaguireBecause of the physical demands of his latest series of Spiderman films, Maguire spent six months prior to filming transforming his body from soft to solid. Maguire’s trainer, Greg Joujon-Roche, founder of Holistic Fitness, the L.A. health studio, adapted his vegetarian diet based on their workouts. For breakfast Joujon-Roche made the vegetarian actor a "high-protein shake that included nuts, essential oils and vitamins." Lunch, he says, was often "marinated tofu with broccoli and walnuts and dinner a big veggie burger withbrown rice." The menu varied with Maguire's output. "If his workout was pure weights," says Joujon-Roche, "he needed protein. If he did cardio, he'd have a shake of all carbs.”** Maguire’s efforts paid off, as he was able to do all his own stunts and flips in the movie, something he attributes to being in top physical shape.
To top it all off, Maguire is known around Hollywood as a nice guy. Recently, when approached by two fans at Newsroom Cafe in Los Angeles, Maguire invited the girls to share a meal with him when he learned that they were vegetarians too.***
*Courtesy of Tobeyonline.com
**SOURCE: People Magazine May 27, 2002
***Source: Organic Style Magazine, June 2004