It is hard to keep a secret in Hollywood. Yet, there are things about celebrities that we would never imagine could be true — things like their religious affiliations. Many of the stars that we watch daily are in fact, religious. But, as you’ll see in this list, you wouldn’t guess it in a million years.
From red carpet appearances to high-profile roles, it can be hard to get a sense of the personal lives of many celebs. So, if you are a movie fan, get ready to find out your favorite stars are religious. Are you ready for your jaw to drop? Then join us in our list of 12 superstars you didn’t know are actually religious.
#12 Richard Gere
You may know Richard Gere from such movies as Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride. However, did you know that he is a Tibetan Buddhist? Yep, and he proudly proclaims his religious beliefs as well. He is an active advocate for Tibetan freedom, too. Have you noticed his laid back demeanor? Gere says he owes his patience to his religion and daily meditation. Yet this one is easier to believe than some of the others on our list.
We know this one surprises you. It floored us as well. but yes, Madonna is a religious celebrity. Raised Roman Catholic, later on in her career she converted to Kabbalah, a branch of Jewish mysticism. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in 2013, she revealed it to the world. In pursuing her religion, she says she hopes to learn the secrets of the universe.
#10 Tom Cruise
Many may know from the headlines that Tom Cruise is a member of the Church of Scientology. Yet, many do not know that he credits the church for eliminating his anxiety and dyslexia. He has suffered from these conditions since he was a child. Cruise claims that the religion has made his life better as a whole.
#9 Stephen Baldwin
Baldwin became a born-again Christian after the 9/11 terror attacks. Most didn’t know that before that, he was a practicing Roman Catholic. He credits Christianity for helping him clean up his life. Not only that, but now he stands in front of crowds as an advocate. He has campaigned to shut down such businesses as adult book stores and liquor shops.
#8 Donnie and Marie Osmond
Donnie and Marie have been in the media since they were young teens. But, what shocks most people is that they are Mormons. They have been a part of the Church of Latter-day Saints since their debut in the spotlight. To this day, they go door to door promoting their church.