ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

A lot of celebrities of faith have spoken out about how they believe they are treated differently to their less pious peers in the industry, but even the disapproval of Hollywood and the possibility of damaging their careers have not swayed these religious individuals from the righteous path.

Below are just a few of the stars out there who identify strongly with their faith and are not afraid to let the world know, and no matter what your religion (or lack of) you've got to admire their devotion to what they believe in.

Candace Cameron Bure

TV Shows/Movies: Full House, Fuller House

Faith: Evangelical Christian

Quote: "I’m a Christian through and through. I’m not a Christian actress. I’m an actress who is a Christian. I’ve actually done very few Christian films … I don’t need a Christian label slapped on what I do so that it complements my faith that way."

Mark Wahlberg

TV Shows/Movies: The Basketball Diaries, I ♥ Huckabees, The Departed, The Lovely Bones, Max Payne

Faith: Roman Catholic

Quote: "Being a Catholic is the most important aspect of my life. The first thing I do when I start my day is, I get down on my hands and knees and give thanks to God. Whenever I go outside of my house, the first thing I do is stop at the church. The kids will be mad with me. ‘Daddy! It takes too long!’ I’m saying: ‘It’s only 10 minutes and this is something I really need to do.’ Because I do. If I can start my day out by saying my prayers and getting myself focused, then I know I’m doing the right thing. That 10 minutes helps me in every way throughout the day."

Richard Gere

TV Shows/Movies: American Gigolo, Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Chicago, I'm Not There, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Faith: Tibetan Buddhism

Quote: "People often ask me what is it about his Holiness and ultimately the only thing that I really say is you feel safe. This is someone who wants nothing from you. Except for you to be happy. That's it. Doesn't want your money. Doesn't want your time. Wants you to be happy and knows that there is a path that if you give yourself to it with courage and commitment you will ultimately be happy. I mean not one lifetime maybe many hundreds of millions of lifetimes of world systems of lifetimes. But it will happen and when you encounter his Holiness you believe that. It's real. It's true. And other things start to fall away. You know the kind of egocentricity falls away and self-consciousness falls away in the golden light of that feeling."

Ellen Burstyn

TV Shows/Movies: The Exorcist, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Requiem for a Dream, Resurrection.

Faith: Islam, although she identifies with aspects and beliefs from many faiths.

Quote: "I am a spirit opening to the truth that lives in all of these religions"

Stephen Baldwin

TV Shows/Movies: Born on the Fourth of July, The Usual Suspects, Bio-Dome, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.

Faith: Evangelical Christian

Quote: "I just think that probably when somebody calls themselves born again and kind of goes out there in a pretty radically zealous way, professes their glee about that, it can creep people out. I have no regret about that, but I have chilled out a lot more because I'm a little more seasoned as a Christian believer."

Mayim Bialik

TV Shows/Movies: Beaches, Blossom, The Big Bang Theory

Faith: Orthodox Judaism

Quote: "I think in general it's never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles. There are people I know of faith and we tend to congregate together."

You can read more about Bialik's faith HERE.

Tom Cruise

TV Shows/Movies: Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Eyes Wide Shut, Edge of Tomorrow.

Faith: Scientology

Quote: "When you’re a Scientologist, and you drive by an accident, you know you have to do something about it, because you know you’re the only one who can really help… We are the way to happiness. We can bring peace and unite cultures."

Patricia Heaton

TV Shows/Movies: Beethoven, Everybody Loves Raymond, Back to You.

Faith: Roman Catholic

Quote: When talking about how there are many famous people who conceal their faith from the public, Patricia Heaton said:

"Jesus said don't be ashamed of me now or my word or I will be ashamed of you at the end of time."

Denzel Washington

TV Shows/Movies: Malcolm X, Crimson Tide, Much Ado About Nothing, Glory

Faith: Pentecostal Christian

Quote: "I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. I've been filled with the Holy Spirit. I know it's real. I was in the room. My cheeks blew up, I cried like a baby, and it scared me to death. It kind of scared me off it. I backed up and went the other direction, to be honest with you. I didn't know what was going on. It was too strong. It has taken me many years to come back around."

(Source: Starpulse)


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