Simon Pegg's Sobriety—Mission: Possible

By Chrisanne Grise 06/07/12

The Mission: Impossible actor gave up booze to stay fit and be a better dad.

No more empty calories for this trim teetotaler.
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Actor and comedian Simon Pegg has revealed that he stopped drinking alcohol two years ago, and has been feeling healthier ever since. “I was starting to do Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, which required more of a physical contribution and drink is so many empty calories,” he says. “I find it easier to keep fit if I don’t drink. I have given up for two years and I don’t miss it in the slightest." The health-conscious star also began working with a personal trainer to get in shape, since he will be sharing screen time with so many young and fit actors when he returns as Scotty in the next Star Trek installment. In addition to health reasons, Pegg added that he also gave up alcohol in order to be a better parent to his daughter, who will turn three in a few weeks. “I also want to be able to wake up fresh in the morning and play with my kid," he says. "You can’t be a present parent and drink, unless you take it in turns to lie in until 11 every morning.”

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Chrisanne Grise is a multimedia journalist specializing in health/fitness, lifestyle, travel, bridal, and music. Her work has appeared in print and online for publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Parents, FitnessMagazine, Fisher Price, Bridal Guide, Scholastic's Choices,,, and more. She is the Senior Editor at The New York Times Upfront. Follow her on Linkedin and Twitter.