9 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Religious

We all know about Tom Cruise’s Scientology, Justin Bieber’s Christianity, and Richard Gere’s Buddhism, but did you know these other celebrities were devoutly religious?

Orlando Bloom

Raised in the Anglican Church, as an adult, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor converted to Buddhism, even building a Buddhist retreat near his home in California.

Mark Wahlberg

Though his acting career really got a rise (pun intended) from Boogie Nights, a story about a porn star, Wahlberg is a devout Catholic who is said to attend church every day.

Denzel Washington

The legendary actor who was nominated for an Oscar for playing slain Civil Rights leader (and Muslim) Malcolm X is an ardent Christian. In his youth, he’d considered becoming a preacher, and he reads the Bible daily.

Dave Chappelle

Though he rarely discusses his faith in public, Chappelle has confirmed that he converted to Islam in the late 1990s.

Paula Abdul

The one-time American Idol judge was raised by Jewish parents but didn’t celebrate her bat mitzvah until 2013 at the age of 51, just a few years past the traditional age of 13.

Julia Roberts

Raised Catholic, the mega-famous Oscar winner converted to Hinduism in 2010 and regularly attends a Hindu temple in Los Angeles.

Nancy Cartwright

The voice of Bart Simpson was raised Catholic but became a Scientologist in 1991, and she has donated millions to the church.

Katherine Heigl

The former Grey’s Anatomy and Knocked Up star was raised in a strict Mormon household and continues to practice the religion, even deciding to live in Utah instead of Los Angeles.

Viola Davis

The Oscar and Emmy winner is a regular church-goer who credits her Christian faith for many of the positive aspects of her life.

While the entertainment industry is often blasted for being anti-religion, these nine celebs prove that having strong faith doesn’t have to conflict with being an artist.