American celebrity Renee Olstead had her career beginnings in the mid 1990s. During her initial years, she acted on some TV movies and miniseries. She next appeared in 5 episodes of the TV series Reunited. She next played the role of Deborah Wigand in the movie The Insider. In the 2000s, she had her first regular role on television as Lauren Miller on Still Standing. Simultaneously, she appeared in the movie 13 Going On 30. She became further known for her role as Madison Cooperstein on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Afterwards, she starred in the films The Midnight Game and Unfriended.
The actress practices a vegan lifestyle. She was featured in a PETA advertisement called “Fish Are Friends Not Food”. First, she was a vegetarian. Of her decision to follow such lifestyle, she said: “When I was 12, I first made the decision to go vegetarian after a co-star’s line ‘I don’t eat anything with a face’ suddenly shocked me into reality. I had never thought about it like that before.”
She added: “Up until then, meat had always been something that came from a plastic package at the grocery store, not from a living, breathing animal with a face and a mom. My mother, on the other hand, was resistant. She didn’t like the idea of me not eating meat at first. I promised, however, to take my vitamins and to make sure I was eating a nutritious diet — not just peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.”
She eventually decided to become a vegan, saying: “Years went by and I liked how I felt in my new vegetarian lifestyle. I didn’t get tired after Thanksgiving dinner, or feel gross and greasy like I did when I was eating ground beef. Almost 10 whole years went by before I decided it was time to take it to the next level and choose a solely plant-based diet for myself.”