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Vegan star Natalie Portman has revealed that it’s her ‘dream’ to make a plant-based cooking show.

The actor was speaking during a Q&A session following a screening of newly released documentary Eating Animals, which she produced and narrated.

The film, which is based on Jonathan Safran Coer’s book of the same name, opened on Friday playing in a limited number of theaters across the US. It has been described as telling ‘the story of the beginning of the end of factory farming’ by the production team, asking the question ‘where do our eggs, dairy and meat come from?’

‘My dream’

Speaking during the Q&A, Portman said: “I’ll share with you guys my dream. It would be my dream to make one of those cooking shows, but only for vegan food.

“It could provide you with a starter kit if you want to be a vegan.”

Pitching for funding she joked: “If anyone here wants to buy it, I’ll be taking offers in the lobby after this.”

Eating Animals was released last week

Eating Animals

During the Q&A, Portman spoke about her new film, which a review in Variety described as ‘pro-meat’, as it appears to promote the consumption of animals reared on smaller, ‘humane’ farms.

According to Portman, the production team did not ‘want to scare people away with too gruesome imagery’. She added: “Even people who really devote their lives to this, it’s horrendous to watch cruelty to animals. What you see in the movie is the PG version of what exists out there.”

She also said encouraging people to start reducing their intake of animal products is key: “Binaries are not important anymore,” Portman claimed. “It’s important to see things on a continuum. Trying does a lot. If everyone tried a little bit, it would make a huge impact. It’s understandable that it’s very hard to change part of our story, how we eat – part of the story of our families, our nation, our religion, and our identity. I don’t expect anyone to be vegan tomorrow, but making small changes makes a big difference.”

Eating Animals is currently on limited release across the US.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.