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These 40 Celebrities Really Love Their Religion

Rainn Wilson - Baha'i

While he may be most recognizable as Dwight Schrute from The Office, actor Rainn Wilson is also known by some for his participation in the Baha'i faith. While he left the religion in his early 20s, Wilson eventually returned to his Baha'i roots 10 years later. 

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Karlie Kloss - Jewish

Karlie Kloss and Ivanka Trump have a few things in common: they’re about to be in-laws, and they both converted from Christianity to Judaism for their husbands. Karlie Kloss made the switch back in 2018, shortly before she got engaged to Joshua Kushner.

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Tim Tebow – Christian

Tim Tebow is a devout Christian and has even decided to save himself for the right woman – only after being married. Years ago, he became famous for a posture called “Tebowing,” but many don’t know that it was him repeatedly praying during football games!

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Ivanka Trump - Jewish

Ivanka Trump was raised in the Presbyterian Christian faith but converted to Orthodox Judaism in 2009 when she married her husband, Jared Kushner.

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Orlando Bloom - Buddhist

When he was 19, Orlando Bloom joined the Soka Gakkai school of Buddhism. “It’s about studying what is going on in my daily life and using that as fuel to go and live a bigger life,” Bloom said in a 2007 interview.

Chris Pratt - Christian

Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt has spoken on several occasions about the importance of spirituality in his life. After he and wife Anna Faris brought their first child into the world, Pratt began to turn to prayer. “It restored my faith in God,” he said, adding, “not that it needed to be restored, but it really redefined it.”

Natalie Portman - Jewish

Born Neta-Lee Hershlag in Jerusalem, Natalie Portman had a Jewish upbringing in Long Island, New York. The actress has joked that some roles come to her based on her Jewish heritage.

Michael Jackson - Jehovah's Whitness

Michael Jackson may not have fit the bill of a stereotypical Jehovah's Witness adherent, but that doesn't mean he wasn't serious about his religion. In fact, he took his faith so seriously that he included a title card in the music video for his hit song, Thriller, that said, "Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult." That's not the only way he expressed his faith, though. Even though he was reaching celebrity status, Jackson continued to proselytize for the church door to door well into the 1980s!

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Julia Roberts - Hindu

Alongside her family, Julia Roberts regularly worships at a Hindu temple. When asked about her faith in a 2011 interview with People, she said she was “definitely a practicing Hindu.”

Denzel Washington - Christian

Denzel Washington has had many roles which may suggest otherwise, but the actor is very serious about his Christian faith. In a 2012 interview with GQ magazine, he said that he reads his Bible daily.

Tiger Woods – Buddhist

After his cheating scandal, Tiger Woods turned to Buddhism. He said it helped him put his life back together after his marital infidelity tore apart his life. Now, he says that Buddhism has helped him stop following every impulse and learn restraint.

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Kris Jenner – Christian

Kris Jenner may not have been religious her entire life, but she turned to Christianity after her Kim Kardashian’s (her daughter) adult tape released to the public. She said after it released, she cried for a couple of days, but it helped her find her faith. Now, she says she hardly drinks and goes to church on Sundays.

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Michael Douglas - Jewish

Michael Douglas strengthened his ties to his Jewish heritage as an adult, writing a column speaking out against anti-Semitism after his son was bullied through the use of offensive cultural slurs.

Chris Tucker - Christian

In 1997, Chris Tucker became a born-again Christian. When he was pulled over for speeding in 2005, he apologized to the police officer who stopped him, saying that he was late to church.

Prince - Jehovah's Witness

Not only did Prince become a Jehovah’s Witness in 2001, but he also went door-to-door professing his religious beliefs. As he told The New Yorker in 2008, “Sometimes people act surprised, but mostly they’re really cool about it.”

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Kristin Chenoweth - Christian

Kristin Chenoweth is not shy about her faith and has publicly self-described as "a non-judgmental liberal Christian." In addition to speaking about her relationship with Christianity, Chenoweth has also relased an album of Christian music titled As I AmI. 

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Marilyn Monroe - Jewish

While she was not particularly vocal about her conversion to Judaism in the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe was nonetheless a devout follower. While her change of heart may have had something to do with marrying a Jewish man, Monroe's rabbi at the time publicly wrote that the actress had a sincere desire to learn more about her newfound Jewish faith. 

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Ja Rule - Christian

Though Ja Rule's lyrics are often directly connected to violence and drug use, he is a devout Christian. Raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, the rapper was baptized in 2013 after rediscovering his faith while working on I’m In Love With a Church Girl.

Mark Wahlberg - Catholic

When Wahlberg was younger, he got into quite a bit of trouble and was involved in drugs. He was incarcerated and was tried as an adult at the age of 16 for attempted murder. That was when he got his big wakeup call that it was time to find faith. Wahlberg said he started praying right away. In an interview with Parade Magazine, Mark Wahlberg made it clear that his Irish-Catholic upbringing had a huge impact on him. While he says he would never try to push Catholicism on anyone else, he doesn't hesitate to say that "it's the most important part of my life." 

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Richard Gere – Tibetan Buddhist

Richard Gere had his first introduction to Buddhist dharma when he was in his early 20s. He said he read books on Tibetan Buddhism that had a massive impact on him. He isn’t shy about his faith and even has pictures of himself with the Dalai Lama! Now, he’s a fervent spokesperson for the people of Tibet and has been practicing Buddhism ever since.

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Stephen Baldwin – Christian

Stephen Baldwin grew up Catholic but, as he states, “it didn’t stick.” However, the way his wife and housekeeper felt about their faith encouraged him to become religious again – that and September 11th. He was baptized a month after 9/11. He’s still incredibly religious and encourages people to become spiritual, as well. Still, he feels as though his strong faith has had a negative impact on his career.

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Dave Chappelle - Muslim

Dave Chappelle has been a practicing Muslim for much of his life, even going on a religious journey to Africa in 2005. In an interview with Time, Chappelle said “I don’t normally talk about my religion publicly because I don’t want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing.”

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Ice Cube – Muslim

Ice Cube converted to Islam in the 1990s and has been serious about his faith ever since. During an interview, he stated that he called himself a “natural Muslim” because it was just him and god. He didn’t go to mosque either for ritual or tradition because it just isn’t in him to do so. That being said, he does adhere to the doctrine to guide him in life.

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Tina Turner – Buddhist

Tina Turner has been a long-time Buddhist – stretching back as far as the 70s! It was her way of coping through the abusive relationship she’d had with Ike Turner. In 2011, she said that the religion makes it feel as though chanting has “opened a door inside of me.” The doctrine has made her happier than she’s ever been, especially when it comes to materialism.

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John Travolta – Scientology

Tom Cruise isn’t the only one drinking the Kool-Aid. John Travolta is also a devout member of Scientology. It has given him stability and tools to hand life’s issues, stresses, and problems. Recently, there appears to be trouble in paradise as Tom Cruise and John Travolta fight over Scientology hierarchy.

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Oprah – Christian

Oprah has always been upfront about her faith and religion. In 2015, Oprah went to Stanford University to speak on spiritual practice. During her LifeClass series, she encourages people to get in touch with spirituality. During the same talk, she says it isn’t required that people convert to Christianity. She states, “I have respect for all things.

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Steven Seagal – Buddhist

One of the most surprising on this list may be Steven Seagal. Despite his persona of kicking the butt of any bad guy that steps out of line, Steven Seagal is a believer of the peaceful Buddhist doctrine. He said that the teachings helped him through hardships, dilemmas, and poisons we face in modern day society.

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Madonna – Judaism

Madonna was raised in a Roman Catholic household, but she was famously known for converting to Kabbalah, an offshoot of Judaism, in 1996. She’s even been known to dilute her children’s orange juice with blessed Kabbalah water and wears white clothes to attract positive energy. Madonna also studies regularly with a personal rabbi and no longer has concerts on a Friday night for religious reasons.

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David Oyelowo – Christian

David Oyelowo is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, but what you may not know is that Christianity profoundly influenced his portrayal. Due to his religion, he said he felt God flowing through him when he saw Dr. King’s speeches. Even with his busy schedule, he still finds time to pray. He states, “wherever I’m shooting, I will find a church.”

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Stephen Colbert – Christian

Stephen Colbert may not seem like the type, but he’s incredibly religious. In fact, he’s gotten into debates on his show with those that aren’t so religious, usually comedian Ricky Gervais. Colbert has also talked about his faith with the New York Times and NPR. Some sources even say that he teaches Sunday school!

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Alice Cooper – Christian

Alice Cooper was a heavy drinking rock star, but all that changed when he gave up drinking. He found his faith and became a devout Christian. During an interview with CNS news, he stated that he was self-centered, but faith changed that view. He went on to say, “we have to let God be God and us be what we are.”

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Kevin Sorbo – Christian

Kevin Sorbo hasn’t been in the limelight for a while, but that might be because he’s focusing on his faith. He regularly attends a non-denominational church, but he still appears in shows. He even appeared in God’s Not Dead, a Christian film where he portrayed an atheist college professor who required his students to disown their religions on the first day of class.

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Bob Dylan - Christian

Bob Dylan has converted religions a few times throughout his life. He started out Jewish as a child and made the change to Christianity in the 70s. After a few years, Dylan stopped putting a label on it, saying he just believed in God.

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Gary Busey - Christian

Gary Busey wasn’t always religious—at least until he almost died twice. In 1988, Busey was in a motorcycle accident that left him with permanent brain damage, and he also overdosed in 1995. Those two near-death experiences strengthened Busey’s faith.

 

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Mayim Bialik - Jewish

You’d recognize Mayim Bialik best from her recurring role in The Big Bang Theory. She plays a genius scientist in the show but also has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in real life. Bialik minored in Hebrew and Jewish studies for her UCLA degree and embraces traditional Jewish values in her everyday life.

 

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Mike Tyson - Muslim

Mike Tyson had a hard childhood growing up and didn’t believe in any particular religion. In 1992, Tyson was convicted of rape and converted to Islam while serving his time in prison. Since then, he’s been a dedicated follower of the religion.

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Drew Barrymore - Jewish

Drew Barrymore has had interesting views on religion. She’s been quoted saying, “people are fields on energy” and can be positive or negative influences. However, since then she married Will Kopelman—a practicing Jew— in a traditional Jewish ceremony and has converted to Judaism.

 

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Snoop Dogg - Christian

Snoop Dogg has changed religions so many times, it can be hard to keep them straight. Snoop was raised Baptist and grew up playing the piano in his local church. In 2009, he converted to Islam, then converted to Rastafarianism after a trip to Jamaica in 2012. Finally, he converted back to Christianity while promoting a gospel album in 2017.

 

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Elizabeth Taylor - Jewish

You may know Elizabeth Taylor best for her extensive acting, fashion, and modeling history. However, you might not know that she was raised as a Christian Scientist by her parents but converted to Judaism in 1959. Two of her husbands were Jewish, but Taylor stated that she made the switch for herself because she deeply identified with the religion.

 

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Shia LaBeouf - Christian

Shia LaBeouf’s mother is Jewish and his father is Christian, so it’s not surprising he struggled with his religious identity In 2004, he wrote an essay about how he is Jewish and found comfort in that religion. However, in 2007 he converted to Christianity after filming the movie Fury.

 

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