Celebrities, they’re just like us right?
Well, umm no, not really.
But, there are a few choice ways that they are — the ones that really matter. They’re made of flesh and blood, sometimes they cry, they often wear shoes… and they love psychedelics.
Psychedelics Stepping into the Spotlight
Yep, for a long time, unless you were a 1960s rockstar, or someone specifically famous for your psychedelic advocacy or exploration like Aldous Huxley or Terence McKenna, it would have been disastrous for your image if you revealed you had partaken in the most enlightening of experiences.
But, as you know, things are changing. Psychedelics, like magic mushrooms and truffles, LSD and ayahuasca are stepping out onto the word stage as a force of good. Whether it’s because they are being used as groundbreaking new treatments for mental health — or because society is realising psychedelics are far less dangerous than very legal substances like alcohol — it’s becoming the done thing to share your psychedelic experiences.
The stigma that previously existed has begun to dissolve. And with that we now have a wave of celebrities extolling the virtues of magic mushrooms. Some, as the thing that changed their lives by healing their depression. Others lives changed because they had such new insights and changes in perception. Others because it was just, well, fun.
10 Celebrities Who Love Magic Mushrooms
So in the interest of both psychedelic advocacy and visibility (and because we love celebrity gossip!) we have compiled a list of 10 celebrities who love shrooms. Of course, there’s plenty of stories of celebs and other psychedelics — Steve Jobs’ LSD experiences are legendary for example — but we’re gonna focus today on our favourite, the all natural, magic mushroom.
Everyone’s favourite fuzzy haired comedian / actor/ writer / director/ ceramicist / weed entrepreneur Seth Rogen, has long been open about his drug use. In fact entheogens, especially weed, feature heavily in Rogen’s oeuvre. Think stoner comedy, and likely you will think of one of his classics like Superbad or Pineapple Express. But the Canadian has also spoken about his love of shrooms.
In fact, as you may not be surprised, he has a wealth of juicy anecdotes. From the time he and a friend took shrooms in Amsterdam and ended up in Paris, to a 2015 interview in which Rogen describes the experience as ‘very insightful’, Rogen is a big shroom guy. He even has made important life decisions based on his experiences “I did shrooms recently and then quit a job the next day. So yeah, I’ve made some real-life decisions as a result.” He also says he’s experienced ego death “like 25 times” — quite the psychonaut!
‘The Good Place’ star Kristen Bell is evangelical about the virtues of magic mushrooms. Bell became interested in the possibilities of psilocybin after reading Michael Pollen’s book ‘How To Change Your Mind’. The book details Pollan’s journey with psychedelics, and how they can be used to address depression and anxiety issues. Bell, who had struggled with these conditions her whole life, was sold. She described her healing experience;
“In my head, I had separated this body that had done so much good in my life, that has taken me through happiness and pain and workouts and laziness. I couldn’t stop touching my legs and go, ‘You’re so strong. You’re so elegant.’”
Check out our deep dive into Kristen Bell’s shroom journey for the full story.
The late, great, Carrie Fisher (that’s Princess Leia to you!) was always honest about her drug use, stating “If you’re doing drugs the right way, you can’t tell an orderly story.”
Fisher also recalled in a 2016 Rolling Stone interview; “I had a lot of fun on acid and mushrooms and all that stuff. It was a part of my life when I was very young.”
Seems like she explored ‘…a galaxy far, far, away’ !
Harry Styles has worked diligently to distance himself from his boyband past. Releasing suggestive songs and breaking the fashion mould in gender-bending outfits, he’s become a kooky superstar in his own right. He detailed in an 2019 interview how he used magic mushrooms to harness his creativity for his 2019 record Fine Line.
“I felt so safe. It was like, ‘I want to take some mushrooms, I’m going to take some…
I don’t think it’s that crazy. I think my thing with with drugs is, if you’re taking anything to escape both to try and hide from stuff then you shouldn’t even drink. And if you’re taking anything to have fun and be creative, then great.”
He also explained how he used the phenomena of the shroom ‘afterglow’ throughout his recording process;
:…and then (after taking shrooms) for 10 days after you’re like, ‘Don’t worry about it, everything’s going to be fine.’ It’s stress-relieving in a sense. I think that that’s been a big part of this whole thing for me is I’m just trying to go through life being a little less worried about stuff.”
Comedian Sarah Silverman is known for her satirical and sometimes controversial stand-up routines. Something that is definitely not satire however, is her love for psychedelics. Some choice quotes include;
“I used to like all that stuff, mushrooms, acid. I think I was high from nineteen to twenty-one years old. It was the best time.”
“…we got back to my apartment, which was painted dark purple to match my bong. We got on my bed, and my friend started freaking out a little. I had strawberries on my sheets, and I was like, ‘It’s all right, let’s just go strawberry picking,’ and he was like, ‘It is all right.’ Joe Jackson’s ‘A Slow Song’ was playing at that very moment. And then we listened to Squeeze Singles for the rest of the day, and we played in the shower with our clothes on.God! We were so free.”
‘Iron Mike’, who was the most fearsome boxer in the world between 1985 and 2005 has had his fair share of troubles. A heady mix of anger issues and traumatic brain injury meant that Tyson’s other nickname of ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ was not far from the truth. However, he was brought back from the edge by discovering the healing properties of magic mushrooms.
“Everyone thought I was crazy, I bit this guy’s ear off…I did all this stuff, and once I got introduced to the shrooms …my whole life changed.”
“To think where I was – almost suicidal – to this now. Isn’t life a trip, man? It’s amazing medicine, and people don’t look at it from that perspective.”
(from an interview with Rueters)
Check out our deep dive into Iron Mike’s psychedelic journey for the full story!
Acting legend Susan Surandon has always been a vocal supporter of psychedelic drugs, even acting as an advocate for the cause. She does after all have pedigree — the psychedelic icon Timothy Leary was a friend of hers, who gave her LSD from his own stash. As a rule however, Suradon prefers her psychedelics natural, telling The Daily Beast;
“I’m not new to the idea of mushrooms… I’ve done ayahuasca, and I’ve done mushrooms and things like that. But I like those drugs in the outdoors—I’m not a city-tripper.”
Like a true psychonaut she is aware of the importance of set and setting;
“I like doing it in the Grand Canyon or in the woods. You want to be prepared and not have responsibilities. It does remind you of your space in the universe—your place in the universe—and reframe things for you. I think you can have some very profound experiences.”
Andrew Garfield (aka Spiderman number….? Who can keep track?!) has spoken about his transformative experiences with magic mushrooms. The British actor, in a 2017 interview with Shortlist magazine said;
“Look, I’m not in any way advocating young people do it, but I have had amazing experiences with mushrooms. ‘I’ve always done it in a kind of ritualistic way, out in nature. It really can be a spiritual thing.”
We’re guessing they really got his spidey-senses tingling!
Comedian and talk-show host Chelsea Handler is happy to shout her love for magic mushrooms and microdosing from the rooftops. On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon when asked her thoughts on legalisation of shrooms Handler gushed;
“Oh ya, my mushrooms are just about to kick in. I take mushrooms almost every day. I mean, microdosing is a game-changer!… Psilocybin is good for everybody. It puts you in a good mood, keeps you upbeat, and makes you appreciate nature. So ya, legalizing mushrooms? For sure.”
Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly
This couple of the moment — with their line in PDA’s and ‘Goth’ posturing — are everywhere. Whatever you may think of them, they do at least look head-over-heels in love. And it seems this is only exacerbated by their penchant for magic mushrooms. Taking shrooms together, a passtime well known for freeing your loving feelings, is apparently one of the high points (geddit?!) of singer MGK and actress Megan Fox’s relationship thus far.
In a recent interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, when asked how he would spend his ideal day off, MGK recalled a date him and Fox had in Bora Bora;
“What did we do in Bora Bora that day? How long did we walk on the gravel road?”
Fox chimes in “An eternity because we ate mushrooms. Those mushrooms were very strong…So, your day off would be us wandering on mushrooms?”
To which MGK replies an enthusiastic “YES.”
So there you have it! Shrooms are taking Hollywood. We can’t wait to see their star on the walk of fame…