10 Celebrities Who Are Surprisingly Super-Religious

If you’ve seen Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt doing the interview rounds lately, you might have noticed something a little different about the actor.

While promoting the Lego Movie sequel The Second Part, the actor has revealed something altogether unexpected about himself: that he’s recently wholeheartedly embraced Christianity.

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Pratt hasn’t just started attending church on Sundays; as a member of the conservative Hillsong Church, the former Parks and Rec funnyman has gone old school.

This means taking a vow of abstinence with his new partner, Katherine Schwarzenegger, and even fasting in the style of biblical figure Daniel (ie eating nothing but fruit and seeds for a period of three weeks).

These days, of course, a celebrity coming out as a religious person in leftie, devil-worshipping Hollywood is particularly unusual.

In tribute to Chris Pratt’s publicly embracing Jesus, here are ten other celebrities who you never knew were uber-religious.

10. Mark Wahlberg

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Who?

Musician, then model, and now actor, Oscar-nominated for man’s man films like The Fighter and The Departed.

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Since his movie career took off in the mid-90s, Wahlberg has also starred in such testosterone-y hits as Boogie Nights, Three Kings and The Other Guys.

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Their faith

Though he was a ‘bad boy’ in his youth, and by that we mean he almost beat a couple of Vietnamese-Americans to death in a racially-charged attack, Wahlberg has since done a 180 and embraced his religion.

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Wahlberg today is a devout and practicing Roman Catholic, attending Mass daily. He even admitted in a 2017 interview to seeking God’s forgiveness for appearing in the film Boogie Nights, about a drug-addicted porn star.

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9. Justin Bieber

Who?

Former tween pop star who in his 20s has transitioned into a chart-topping hitmaker, known for singles including Sorry, What Do You Mean? and Love Yourself.

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Bieber has also made headlines for some choice bad behaviour, including vandalism, driving under the influence and illegally trying to sneak a monkey into Germany.

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Their faith

Since 2014, when he had what’s been described as a ‘born again’ experience, Bieber has been a member of Hillsong, or the same church that Chris Pratt now belongs to.

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Biebs, like Pratt, also took a vow of abstinence prior to marrying his fiance (and now wife), Hailey Baldwin, who also happens to be a Hillsong member.

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8. Richard Gere

Who?

Sex symbol actor, who’s somehow qualified as a silver fox for the last three decades running and counting.

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Someone who has straddled both serious cinema and lighter fare, Gere is best known for his rom-coms Runaway Bride and Pretty Woman, as well as the dramas American Gigolo and Days of Heaven.

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Their faith

If you know anything about Richard Gere’s personal life, it’s probably one of three things: 1) that he’s just become a father again at 69, 2) that there’s a longstanding rumour he enjoys ‘gerbilling’, and 3) he’s a pretty serious Buddhist.

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Though Gere was raised Methodist, he’s been into Buddhism since he was in his 20s. Gere is such a big Buddhist cheese, he’s now personal friends with the Dalai Lama.

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7. Julia Roberts

Who?

Rom-com perennial, who first made her name with Pretty Woman in 1990 and hasn’t looked back since.

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Since her breakout role, Roberts has also appeared in hits like Notting Hill, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Ocean’s Eleven. She won an Oscar for Erin Brockovich in 2001.

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Their faith

Though raised Catholic, it was during the filming of 2010 rom-com Eat Pray Love that Roberts turned instead to Hinduism.

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Since converting in 2009, Roberts has practised Hinduism, even giving her children the new names Laxmi (formerly Hazel), Ganesh (formerly Phinnaeus) and Krishna Balram (formerly Henry).

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6. Tiger Woods

Who?

Champion golfer and one of the richest sportsmen to ever have lived, with a personal fortune of around $740 million.

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Outside of sporting circles, Woods is probably best known as the man who admitted to cheating on his wife multiple times in a high-profile media scandal.

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Their faith

Growing up in California to a Thai mother and American father, Tiger Woods was raised Buddhist, though he admitted to losing touch with the faith early in his career.

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Since the cheating scandal, however, Woods has ‘returned’ to Buddhism. In the aftermath, Woods told a reporter: “Buddhism teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously I lost track of what I was taught.”

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5. Bob Dylan

Who?

Folk poet and one of the greatest, most influential musicians to ever have lived, who first emerged in a turbulent 1960s.

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Some of Dylan’s best known songs include Like A Rolling Stone, The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.

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Their faith

Though Dylan was raised Jewish and has continued to show signs that he still subscribes to the faith, he has also flirted heavily with Christianity over the years.

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Dylan was even briefly a born-again evangelical Christian in the early 1980s, with the gospel music to match, but he has since taken a more subdued approach to religion. Nonetheless, as recently as 2009, Dylan described himself as a “true believer” in Christianity.

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4. Alice Cooper

Who?

Michigan musician, who has been rocking it fairly hard since his 1970s heyday at the head of the hard rock band bearing his own name.

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Known as the Godfather of Shock Rock, Cooper also hit the bottle pretty hard in his his time, before kicking it in the mid-1980s.

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Their faith

Cooper, raised by a father who was an Evangelist in The Church of Jesus Christ, lost his religion in adulthood.

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However, by the time Cooper had gotten back on the wagon in the 80s, he found himself born again. He now says: “When you believe in God, you’ve got to believe in the all-powerful God… He has total control over everyone’s life”.

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3. Elisabeth Moss

Who?

Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actress, who first came to popular attention in AMC’s Mad Men.

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Since playing Peggy Olsen made her a household name, Moss has also taken prominent roles in The Handmaid’s Tale and Top of the Lake, cementing her as one of the best actresses of the age.

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Their faith

It may be surprising for some people to learn that Moss, a happily outspoken feminist, is also a proud Scientologist.

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Moss was raised in the LA-based cult, and insists that it’s possible to be both Scientologist and pro-gender equality, writing in 2017 that “religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important” to her.

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2. Dave Chappelle

Who?

Legendary American comedian, revered by both critics and audiences for his sketch comedy Chappelle’s Show in the mid-2000s.

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Lately, after a lengthy absence, Chappelle has made a comeback with a few standup specials and an appearance in Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born.

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Their faith

Raised by a mother who was a spiritualist minister, Chappelle found God when he converted to Islam in 1998.

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In a 2005 interview, Chappelle explained about his decision to become a Muslim: “I don’t want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing. And I believe it is beautiful if you learn it the right way”.

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1. Angus T Jones

Who?

Former actor, who starred as Jake Harper in the popular CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, from 2003 to 2015.

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Over ten seasons, Jones became the highest-paid child star on the planet, eventually making $300,000 per episode.

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Their faith

By his late teens, after having spent years of his life on Two and a Half Men, Jones had embraced Christianity hard, and was turning against the show that made him famous because of it.

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In a 2012 interview, Jones told Seventh-Day Adventist filmmaker Christopher Hudson that “You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that”.

Jones went on to ask fans of the show to “Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth.”