Fame and religion are not two things that usually go hand in hand. There is this common misconception that in order to be entertaining you have to be salacious and controversial and that is not something that pairs well with devotion to God. But there are different degrees of being religious and a lot of celebrities interpret and abide by their religion in their own individual ways. One religion that a lot of people don't expect entertainers to practice is Mormonism.
Why is that? There are a lot of extremes that the masses associate with Mormonism. Not all Mormons have multiple wives or go on reality television shows to get in the spotlight. Just like any other religion, people adopt different tenants into their lifestyles. Just like any other religion, its followers have varying degrees of outspokenness. Just like any other religion, there are people who grew up Mormon who moved away from its teachings as time went on. With that said, it really doesn't make any sense to stereotype Mormonism, or any other religion for that matter in an attempt to characterize the "types of people" that you assume would be followers.
Some of these names may surprise you. Others will make perfect sense to you. Just keep an open mind when reading about these twelve stars and their experiences with the Mormon faith.
12 Paul Walker
11 Christina Aguilera
10 Julianne Hough
9 Gladys Knight
7 Aaron Eckhart
6 Amy Adams
Amy Adams grew up as a Mormon and says that it greatly affected her behavior and the way that she views herself: “I’m very hard on myself anyway. Religious guilt carries over, too. You can’t really misbehave without feeling badly about it — at least I can’t." She added, “Even when I go out with friends and we go overboard at bars or clubs, I wake up the next morning feeling a bit conflicted about having had too much fun.”
5 Eliza Dushku
4 Mitt Romney
3 Katherine Heigl
When Katherine Heigl's brother got into an awful car accident and became brain dead, her family ended up finding solace in Mormonism and converting to the religion. Heigl has said, "I give my parents unbelievable credit for pulling it together, and I give the Mormon church a lot of credit for helping them to do that.”
2 Chelsea Handler
1 Ryan Gosling
This list is just another example of why it is never a good idea to stereotype any kind of group, especially when it comes to experiences with religion. These celebrities have all been involved with the Mormon religion to an extent that has really impacted their lives.
Sources: <em>CNN, Vulture, Vanity Fair, Washington Post</em>
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