Hollywood actress Bijou Phillips began her career in the show business as a model. At age 13, she was featured on the cover of Italian Vogue. During her modeling stint, she also modeled for Calvin Klein. In 1999, she made her film debut in Sugar Town. Her acting career became more prolific in the 2000s with credits in the films Almost Famous, Tart, Bully, Octane, and Havoc, among others. She made her TV debut in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She later starred in the horror feature Hostel: Part II. She has since acted in the movies Wake, Made for Each Other, The Bridge to Nowhere, and It’s Alive. In the 2010s, she became known for starring as Lucy Carlyle on the TV series Raising Hope.
The 37-year-old actress has shared in an interview how she’s trying her best to practice a vegan lifestyle. She said she does so not only for losing weight, but also for her general health. However, she also said in a previous interview how practicing vegan wasn’t enough that she switched to a low carb diet. She said being vegan made her sick more often. In an interview years ago, she talked of the experience: “My body was like, ‘What happened? Did we just recover from a famine?”
She later said: “I’ve been sick four times since I’ve been vegan and I hadn’t been sick for five years before that. I need to eat food because this isn’t working. Every vegan I know gets sick all the time.” She said that as a replacement, she wanted to go back to following Atkins diet to maintain her weight. She believes cutting down on carbs is the best way to go. Recently, however, her representative announced that the actress is struggling with a kidney disease in the last five years. Her rep said: “In an effort to heal her body she has led a stress-free life with a vegan diet, which eventually wasn’t enough and she’s been privately having dialysis.”