Christina Applegate celebrates her birthday today so we found out why she omitted meat from such a young age and the work she's done to promote veggie living.

Christina Applegate

Christina Applegate

The actress has been a vegetarian since she was fifteen so she knows a thing or two about the plant based lifestyle.

She is a supporter of World Animal Protection and starred in a PETA ad in 2007, entitled Fur: Get Me Not. This campaign encouraged people to cross cruelty of their shopping list by avoiding fur coats, collars, and cuffs (unless they are fake of course).

When asked why she wanted to be the face of the project, she shared; 'When I became a vegetarian, I just started reading more and more about where fur comes from and what they do to the animals. It all went hand-in-hand together. That was when I was 15. They make really great synthetic fur-you really don't need real fur. And it's cheaper, so why spend the money? The holidays are also a time when people freak out about their finances. If you don't want to spend the money, why not try some of the other options instead of killing a bunch of animals?' (

Her vegetarian journey started for her when she was young; she explained in an interview that she had a lightbulb moment; ' I was eating lunch on the Married With Children set, and they served me some kind of meat (I don't even know the names of them all anymore because it's been so long). I looked down and there was blood on my plate, and it was that realization, that I can't eat something that has been alive, I just can't do it. So I stopped, and that was it. That was the last time.'(

She notes that vegetarianism for her is a personal choice and understands that not all people want to cut meat out of their diets; 'I sit next to my husband while he eats meat; it doesn't bother me. I'm not one of those vegetarians who is trying to change the world. I just try to live by example." (Bon Appetit)

Even though Applegate's husband eats meat, she still tries to ensure her fmaily eats well. She revealed; ' I've been vegetarian for so long now that I don't remember anything different, so it's easy for me to put meals together and make sure my family is eating healthy, too. ' (

"We're a completely plant-based diet for her and organic. It's because I want her to have the best chance possible." (

Happy Birthday Christina!