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What happened to you, Joaquin? Does anyone know? How is it possible for someone to go from looking like this:

to this:
(children, avert your eyes!)

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go look for a new, hot vegan guy on which to bestow my affections. Casey Affleck, here I come! But, actually, Casey Affleck is married. So he won’t do.

Does anyone have a suggestion as to who should be my new celeb crush?

 He doesn’t have to be vegan; I certainly wouldn’t say no to Orlando Bloom!


Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Butterfly Garden Freak says:

    i feel your pain… i was saying the same darn thing… he was so beautiful in WALK THE LINE and then he goes and lets himself go… looking like he is homeless… boo hoo.. come back to us joaquin… come back!!!!

  2. Butterfly Garden Freak says:

    i feel your pain… i was saying the same darn thing… he was so beautiful in WALK THE LINE and then he goes and lets himself go… looking like he is homeless… boo hoo.. come back to us joaquin… come back!!!!

  3. Ricki says:

    I know just what you mean. . . how sad! He looks like a total rubby (or however you spell it!). Johnny Depp is my second choice–equally quirky, but not quite so. . . weird.

  4. carolinebee says:

    YAAA what is his deal!?!? I don’t know whether he’s whacked out completely, or just doing a publicity stunt?? Hm..good thing I fill my time thinking about this, instead of Microbiology..

  5. Melody Polakow says:

    I think he did it for an acting role?? I hope he did!

    I wuff him!

  6. River says:

    I don’t know if he is serious about this new hip hop thing or if it’s all just a big hoax.

    Did you see him on Letterman? I was so angry at him (David), he was making fun of Joaquin in a “laughing at you not with you” way. Sure, Joaquin was being aloof and extra quiet, but that doesn’t give Letterman the right to be rude. I can’t stand that prick.

    How do you feel about Mr. Josh Hartnett? I’m pretty sure he’s a vegetarian. A quote from the IMDB: “I’ve had my heart broken, and it’s not fun. But I’d rather have my heart broken than break someone else’s heart”. Eh?

  7. Lauren says:

    I have had a huge crush on Joaquin ever since I found out he is vegan. My hubby loves to rub his “new look” in my face!! I know he will come back to us, clean shavin, sooner or later..

  8. jrsimon56 says:

    Maybe, in honor of President’s Day, Abraham Lincoln can be your crush. He was vegetarian, after all. But, more realistically for today, Gavin Rosdale. If he’s good enough for Gwen, he’s good for me. :)

  9. shelby says:

    Umm, haha I’m sorry but that’s hilarious. I saw him on letterman and I was laughing through that whole interview. He is a hot mess.

    How about James Franco?!?!

  10. imadedinner says:

    Ugh, i’m not a fan of the scruffy look on him…
    I’d second the Johnny Depp :) or maybe John Mayer?

  11. Kelly says:

    Back in my days of Lord of the Rings obsession (which may or may not have continued through to the present), I read somewhere that Orlando Bloom *is* a vegetarian. But I’m not sure if that’s actually true, as the intarwebz are often not actually all that trustworthy – shocker, I know!

  12. Sagan says:

    Ooh pretty. I hope you post more pictures when you find a new crush 😀

  13. Mariposa says:

    ACCCKK!!!! gross! i cant believe that he went from a total hottie- to THAT.. ugh..

  14. jodye says:

    Agh, joaquin’s downfall most recent choices have been confusing me like crazy! I saw the interview he did on Letterman and I can’t decide whether he is doing this as a publicity stunt, or if he’s actually quitting acting to become a rapper. That would be such a shame :( I’m glad someone else is having as much trouble as I am with this ordeal

  15. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) says:

    So sad – they decide on a career in music and just let themselves go. Same thing happened with Keanu Reeves and Russell Crowe, but they both saw the light and returned to acting. I think Jaquin will clean up his act pretty soon…I hope…please?

  16. Astra Libris says:

    Oh dear, Oh dear… I think Orlando Bloom is a good alternate choice. 😉

  17. Laci says:

    I’m guessing you’re not a Rob Pattinson or Zac Effron or Chris Brown fan, so maybe Toby Maguire (vegan) or Mickey Madden (vegan)? Of course, then there’s the fabulous but way too old and married brad Pitt (vegetarian) … He’s mine in my dreams if were born in the 60’s! :)

  18. Nutritious is Delicious says:

    That is too funnny! Sorry your crush let you down! ;D

  19. Elle says:

    LOL that’s sooo unfortunate!

    i’m glad you’re going to try her out! not sure if she’s quite suitable for running (hmm, who knows) BUT she’s very soulful and (admittedly) quirky. thx for visiting the blog! : )


  20. River says:

    Wow, I didn’t know about the phone call! Letterman = BOO!

  21. clottedsleepingbags says:

    John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats! But he has a happy vegan marriage, so I guess he won’t do, either : (

  22. Alisa - Frugal Foodie says:

    Watching his interview on Letterman made me so sad. I can only imagine what he must be going through to have such a tumble. Being in that light can’t be easy. I do hope Joaquin makes it back, he is one of my favorite actors … good dietary choices or not! Um, and thanks for resisting the temptation to recommend some of his current music. We all thank you :)

  23. Vegan On Stage says:

    ew that sucks!!!!!

    haha thats funny you should say orlando bloom… i JUST watched TROY and forgot how much i liked looking at him… i was going to suggest him but then saw that you had aleady had him in mind!!!

    hahah.. hmm… i think “edward” from Twilight is pretty danm …pretty

  24. shellyfish says:

    What happened? I had no idea he was getting all nasty. What could push him to get so icky? Sad.

  25. The Voracious Vegan says:

    Joaquin and I were supposed to have a beautiful, intimate vegan wedding and spend the rest of our life in cruelty-free bliss…..I do not know what has become of him. So sad.

    Hopefully this is just a stunt for that documentary that Casey Affleck is doing.

    Here’s hoping…

  26. MizFit says:


    and if it is to mess with us, the Am.public, it’s working as Im so sucked in.

  27. Lisa -- Cravin' Veggies says:

    Wow. I haven’t seen him in a while, but saw a skit on SNL this past Saturday with him looking all “unibomber-ish”. I didn’t get it until now. So sad. I hope there is some sort of reason behind it…

    I am going to have to look for the Letterman thing online.

  28. Lisa -- Cravin' Veggies says:

    Wow. I haven’t seen him in a while, but saw a skit on SNL this past Saturday with him looking all “unibomber-ish”. I didn’t get it until now. So sad. I hope there is some sort of reason behind it…

    I am going to have to look for the Letterman thing online.

  29. ttfn300 says:

    hmmm, what in the world?? :/

  30. justine says:

    How about Eric Dane? I dont know his eating habits but his hotness makes up for it im sure. :)


  31. vegwife says:

    Johnny Depp always gets my blood pumping…. 😉

  32. Virginia says:

    johnny depp…for SURE!

  33. Bianca says:

    Haha! He has gotten a little crazy, but I think that makes him hotter…I have a thing for bad boys and Joaquin has definitely gone bad boy lately.

  34. Jen aka Jewbacca says:

    maybe he’s doing some research for a new movie role as the unabomber. giggle.

    my celeb crush is seth green. i’ll share him with you if you’d like.


  35. Tyler says:

    i think the new joaquin thing is just an act. his interview on letterman had to be a joke! if you watch it closely, he breaks his act for a second and laughs at one of letterman’s joke. i think the hot joaquin will be back…

  36. Cookiemouse says:

    I used to look like the first guy back in 1963!

  37. lighterportions says:

    I nearly passed out when I first saw footage of his “new look” on the news. What are you THINKING Joaquin?! It’s painful to witness such a transformation… sigh!

  38. Kiersten says:

    I’ve never thought much of Joaquin, but seriously…what’s with his new look? It’s not working for him.

    I have a huge crush on Johnny Depp

  39. selina says:

    omg! i know! i think it is just an act. he’s so freakin good you’d never know it…but i miss the HOT joaquin.

    any who… jason mraz is pretty cute. hes a raw vegan. and i also like milo ventigmilia.

    but i totally am with you on the Orlando Bloom thing… he’s awfully nice to look at.

  40. talieworld says:

    Such a pretty face gone to waste.

    My new obsession: Chris Evans

  41. Veganissexy says:

    Ha ha ha! He's looking like one big mess. So sad. I'm a big fan of Paul Walker, James Franco, Ryan Reynolds & Ryan Phillipe too. I guess I have a thing for blondes :)

  42. orangepop says:

    Jason Mraz is a RAW FOODIST… & pretty swoony! hehe, he's a great pick!

  43. DJ says:

    Hmmmm… how about Milo Ventimiglia? Hot, manly and vegetarian… move out the way, Hayden!!

  44. Cody says:

    Milo and Hayden just broke up, too.

    Perfect timing.

  45. Sarah says:

    this new pic of jp almost brought me to tears!!! please tell me it’s for a role??

  46. JB says:

    how about elijah wood for your new celebrity crush? i’m pretty sure he’s vegan, and who can resist a hobbit? (aside from me– since i can’t stay awake through, or even follow, a single lord of the rings movie.) since you always gift us with your photoshop creations, i made one for you because i’m bored at home at the moment. forget joaquin, you two would definitely make a beautiful match:
    don’t worry, i’m sure he would love to dine with you in your underwear.


  47. *Andrea* says:

    i love jay robb products! i think your new celeb crush should be… ryan reynolds, bradley cooper, beckham, tom brady… i can keep going if you’d like hehe. i’m not sure if any are veg-friendly though 😉

  48. your new celeb crush should be…. Devin sawa..where has he gone!? lol

  49. Katie says:

    Your new crush should definately be Milo!

  50. Cecilia says:

    Ummmm your new celebrity crush should be – wait! What abt WF boy, I bet he’s gonna get mighty jealous with all that competition!! Nehoos, new crush for you >>> Chace Crawford?? I dunno :)

  51. Kate says:

    CHACE CRAWFORD :) :) :) he’s a down to earth celeb from what it sounds like. plus, HELLO, look at the man. mmmm.

    fun giveaway, thank you katie!

  52. Carolyn says:

    I think your new “celeb wanna be” crush should be the person who sends out the JRobb free samples for his company!

  53. Allie Katie says:

    Oh my time to upgrade from Jay Robb (sorry Katie!). Your new celeb crush John Krasinski from the Office. Yes, please!

  54. brandi says:

    I say switch to Johnny Depp AS LONG as you don’t take him away from me :) *swoon*

    or Ryan Reynolds or Ryan Gosling (The Notebook) hubba hubba

  55. Andrea says:

    Bradley Cooper (from The Hangover) is looking pretty cute these days! I vote for him!

  56. Tara says:

    John Krasinski!

  57. Valerie says:

    Your celeb crush should definitely be Bryan Adams – I am pretty sure he’s vegan!

  58. Marie says:

    Definitely Tobey Maguire

  59. Tiffany says:

    I think your new celeb crush should either be Chace Crawford [HOT!] or Rob Pattison, depending on if you like the vampire-ish look or not :)

  60. Mary says:

    New celeb crush…Johnny Depp!

  61. LZ says:

    There are some pretty good-looking raw vegan foodists out there… have you seen Roger Haeske or Frederic Patenaude?

  62. MichelleLK says:

    Your new celeb crush should be Ryan Reynolds, I mean those awesome abs of his say it all!

  63. Kelsey says:

    aaahck! he turned into a hobo, or someone from the 60s.
    i dont know about you, but i’m totally loving robert pattinson right now. and mark wahlberg, matt damon, jake gyllenhaal. I could go on… 😀

  64. marie says:

    I’ve always found Hugh Jackman to be babelicious. I nominate him!

  65. Laura E says:

    New celeb crush? How about Bradley Cooper from He’s just not that into you!

  66. Willa says:

    JAMES FRANCO is the hottest man alive. But I think more your taste is James McAvoy

  67. Jacquelyn says:

    he looks absolutely like a hobo! I am thinking a good crush would deff be bradley cooper bc he is just as delicious as your recipies 😉

  68. Tracey says:

    Too bad you had to learn the scary truth about this guy? I think you would be perfect with Chris Pine from Star Trek. Imagine the cute little Trekkie cupcakes you could bake for him!

  69. Kristen says:

    I would say Chris Brown or Channing Tatum :)

  70. Megan says:

    I would say chase crawford because no only is he hot but an amazing actor on gossip girl.

  71. vanilla_swirl says:

    LMFAO!! I was like ”Oh he’s kind of cute…* Then I saw the second pic and I almost gagged!! What happened to him???

    I think your new crush should be… Robert Pattinson. I know, not very original, but don’t you think that once a guy has the first role in a movie, he become instantly ”cute and sexy”? I must admit I never payed attention to him until I saw him in ”Twilight”. I was like ”Oh, he’s the guy who died in Harry Potter 4!” x)

    This is my first comment on your blog! (It’s been 1 week since I’ve been following it…I know, it’s a shame I’ve never commented before!)

  72. Gina G says:

    I think James Franco plays a mighty FINE part in Annapolis =)
    I think Ryan Reynolds is pretty cute too, THe Proposal is a really cute movie!

  73. Rachel says:

    Ok, so as part II of the giveaway I vote for John Krasinski–not only do I love The Office, but he also looks like a seriously nice guy.

  74. Jenna says:

    I’m old school. I have to admit I was of the N’Sync generation…I vote Justin. Mr. Timberlake is still delicious..that’s it!

  75. Gabby says:

    Ryan Gosling or Jude Law (:

  76. Lorelei says:

    I am going to have to vote for Toby Maguire. . .veggie and fab!

  77. michelle says:

    bradley cooper

  78. melissa says:

    i do love me some joaquin…….i think that mike kid from the movie juno is kinda cute–in that dorky kind of way!!!
    i so want to try jay robbs protein powders! i hear they are soooo good!!!

  79. jam says:

    ANDY MURRAY because…
    1) he’s british
    2) so he has a hot accent
    3) he’s no.3 on the ATP tennis ranking
    4) men who sweat are hot
    5) he’s eye candy!

  80. Melissa says:

    sorry for the typos…at work and trying to multi task :)

  81. megs says:

    I’m all for Michael Cera, he is so cute

  82. Ellen says:

    Tom Cruise! Just kidding. How about Bradley Cooper?

  83. Kristen says:

    Go for Jared Leto! Beautiful eyes, very talented, ANNND he twittered a couple months ago looking for other vegans! I think it’s meant to be :)

  84. Lori says:

    I’d have to go with Chase Crawford or Toby Maguire…

  85. BroccoliHut says:

    Ugh, how tragic! I feel like so many sexy men do this to themselves: Matthew McConaughey, Heath Ledger (may he rest in peace), and now Joaquin. Sigh.

  86. Brandie says:

    Sad about this hottie – he was Yum yum yummy! Tho the Level of hotness is also variable (i’ve seen some interesting pics) I’ve always like Jared Leto for a hottie…. Must explore who’s vegan (or at least veg!) these days to crush on!!

    1. Haha yes, thankfully our choices seem to go up every day (not that we’d ever really get a celeb, but a girl can dream LOL)!