Known for her starring roles in the popular dance film Step Up (where she met husband Channing Tatum) and more recently in Lifetime channel’s Witches of East End, Jenna Dewan-Tatum has a long history of stepping up for animals. “I happened to see some documentary on slaughterhouses when I was really young …” she says. “I was really disturbed and stopped eating meat. I think that was when it all began for me.”
With her stunning looks and commitment to compassionate living, Dewan-Tatum is an ideal spokesperson for The HSUS’s Be Cruelty-Free Campaign to end cosmetics testing on animals. “It was mind-blowing to me that so many cosmetic companies are still testing on animals,” she says. “I wanted to get involved to hopefully bring awareness to this situation … and to also urge people to buy from cruelty-free companies.”
In this edited interview with staff writer Ruthanne Johnson, Dewan-Tatum shares her secrets for staying beautiful and cruelty-free in Hollywood.
How do you fit your love for animals into looking so fabulous?
I definitely check to see if the treatments and products I use are humane. I also make it clear to wardrobe on any show or movie that I won’t wear fur. I follow a clean vegetarian diet. That helps my skin out a lot, and I feel more energy as a result, too. Lots of green smoothies!
What are some of your favorite cruelty-free cosmetics?
I love Tarte, Urban Decay and Josie Maran.
Why is speaking out for animals important to you?
?I have always felt it was important for animals to have a voice. We must speak up for them and fight for them to be treated fairly. From rescuing animals to addressing mistreatment of animals in slaughterhouses to protecting our wild animals, it’s all important to me.
What have been the biggest challenges?
?It’s often hard for people to see beyond what they’ve been taught their whole lives. When something challenges their comfort zone, they want to stick their heels in the mud or turn their eyes away from how animals are really being treated. But everyone is on their own journey, and you have to respect that, too.
I’d like to start my own charity and work toward better animal cruelty laws, for slaughterhouses in particular. I also dream of a well-balanced life between family and working on satisfying creative opportunities. Who says you can’t have it all?