With all the parties, after-parties, and overall drinking culture of Hollywood, it looks like just about all the talent around town routinely–and even glamorously–sips cocktails. But as we all know, appearances can be deceiving. Here are seven actresses who choose to pass on booze, and they share some insights as to why they refrain from imbibing.

Natalie Portman

Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman decided early in her adult life to avoid drugs and alcohol. “Yeah, well I mean obviously most of what we know about child actors is, you know, the rehab ‘E! True Hollywood Story’ later on,” the Black Swan actress said. However, Portman did her share of experimenting during her college years. As she once told Marie Claire U.K., “I was in that lucky window: there was no Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. I went out and got drunk with my friends, and no one knew.”

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson has never experimented with drugs or alcohol. Indeed, she’s never even felt tempted to start due to the fact that she saw too many lives destroyed by drugs and alcohol while growing up in Chicago. She went on to be a finalist in the third season of American Idol and received worldwide acclaim with her film debut in Dreamgirls for which she won an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is regarded as the most influential Hispanic performer in the United States as well as a global icon. Known for her ageless beauty, the 48-year-old megastar refrains from imbibing saying, “I think it ruins your skin.” But she says the only time she decides to take “just a sip” is when she’s pressured to partake in celebratory toasts with alcohol. But J.Lo omits more than just booze from her life; she also refrains from smoking and drinking caffeine.

Gillian Jacobs

Although she’s portrayed characters who do plenty of drinking and who are burdened with hangovers, Gillian Jacobs insists she’s never had a drink in all her life. The Community and Girls actress says, “I have to sort of poll people around me as to what it’s like to have a hangover. And I draw everyone in: crew, cast members. I’m like, ‘Okay, sensitivity to light–got it, okay. Slight nausea–okay, got it.’ And then when all else fails, I spin around in a circle right before a take.”

Blake Lively

Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively has also starred in films like The Town and The Shallows. The actress decided not to drink in her personal life even though she has portrayed characters who go wild with alcohol. In real life, Lively is a mom of two kids, and she chooses to be a foodie instead. She shared with Allure magazine, “I don’t drink. I’ve never tried a drug. It’s just something that I genuinely don’t have a desire for.”


Although she turned 21 this past September and so is only recently old enough to consume alcohol, Zendaya is added to this list because she has stated she has no intention of starting to drink. She posted on her milestone birthday, “Today I turn 21! Holla!!! But just because I’m now the legal drinking age, doesn’t mean I’m going to start throwing ‘em back. I don’t plan to start drinking. My life is too stressful to need help with relaxing by having a cocktail. This industry is way too nuts for me to not be in control of myself and my decisions, so I just don’t want to introduce drinking! Plus, I don’t want drinking to become a vice. Why try something if you don’t need it?!” Zendaya stars in the Disney Channel sitcoms Shake It Up and on K.C. Undercover. Her film breakthrough was just this year in Spider Man: Homecoming, and she portrays Anne Wheeler in The Greatest Showman in theaters now.

Kristin Davis

The Sex and the City star’s on-screen alter-ego Charlotte doesn’t hesitate to enjoy drinks with her gal pals, but in her personal life Davis is very cautious when it comes to alcohol. She once told The Week, “Every once in a while, I’ll be with friends, and they’ll be drinking red wine, and I’ll think in a really innocent way, ‘Oh wow, that’s such a wonderful glass of red wine. Wouldn’t it be fun to drink it?’ Maybe it would be fine, but it’s really not worth the risk.” After all, Davis describes herself as a “recovering alcoholic.” She started drinking as a teenager hoping to drown out her insecurities. However, while pursuing a career as an actress, she found alcohol to be detrimental to her goals. Auditioning while being hungover became a problem especially when she failed to land roles. Rehab turned out to be just what she–and her career–needed to thrive.



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