Celebrities, they are just like us! As 1 of 13 Americans have food allergies, it is not a shock that some of your favorite celebrities are among the 15 million food-allergic Americans. Below, you can find 7 celebrities from sports, movies, television, and comedy that carry epi-pens, read labels, and advocate for themselves while dining out!
- Halle Berry
Halle Berry, who has been in Die Another Day, X-Men, Kidnap, as well as countless other projects, has a shellfish allergy.
2) Zooey Deschanel
Zooey starred in 500 Days of Summer and Elf, but food allergies play a major role in her life. The Bridge to Terabithia actress is allergic to eggs, dairy, and wheat.
3) Serena Williams
On and off the tennis courts, Serena Williams is strong and powerful. Did you know that this eight time #1 ranked tennis player has a peanut allergy?
4) Steve Martin
If you have a shellfish allergy, you share something in common with the Saturday Night Live veteran.
5) Bill Hader
Another famous comic is in the food allergy community! Bill Hader, who is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, has a peanut allergy.
6) Ariana Grande
The ex-Nickelodeon actress and current Pop Music icon has an allergy to both shellfish and bananas.
7) Kerry Washington
In an interview with E!, Kerry Washington expressed how food allergies affect her life. The Scandal actress said, “ Most people do not know about this, but I carry an Epi-Pen (Epinephrine Auto-Injector) almost everywhere I go because I have a lot of food allergies…I have an Epi-Pen in my bag.”
As Food Allergy Awareness Month (May) approaches, it is important to know that you are not alone. 1 of 13 Americans have food allergies. Comedians, actors, actresses, librarians, and teachers all could be allergic to foods. It is important to find a role model, but it is even more life changing to become one yourself.