Famous Mormons sounds strange given the strict, wholesome reputation of the religion. Comparing that to the life of a celebrity sounds downright strange. But there have been some very famous faces that have been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Radar has compiled a list of the most famous Mormons in the business.
Discussing religion as a celebrity can be a tricky thing. Some have chosen to be discreet about their choice, and others have gone on to become very public Scientologists. Some celebrities actually grew up Mormon, which seems an extreme contrast to the drama filled life of a celebrity. Take a look at the surprising celebrities who make up the list of famous Mormons.
1. Roseanne Barr
The controversial Roseanne Barr grew up in the mormon state of Utah. Although she was raised Jewish, she toyed with mormonism during her teens but was never baptized.
2. Chelsea Handler
The raunchy and outspoken Chelsea Handler grew up with a Mormon mother. The comedian had nothing nice to say about Mormonism once calling it a “terrible religion” while on Real Time with Bill Maher.
3. Eliza Dushku
Actress Eliza Dushku grew up in the Mormon Church. In fact, former Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney served as Eliza’s bishop (and first crush). Eliza would eventually disassociate herself from the church citing “its stance on homosexuality and other things” as the reason.
4. Katherine Heigl
Grey’s Anatomy actress Katherine Heigl was raised in a Mormon family. While she no longer practices, she once revealed in an interview that she decided not to live with her husband, Josh Kelley, before marriage due to her Mormon roots.
5. Paul Walker
The late Paul Walker was raised Mormon before leaving the church as an adult. While The Fast and the Furious star no longer practiced Mormonism, he once revealed that his Mormon upbringing influenced his approach to parenting.
6. Christina Aguilera
While singer Christina Aguilera has long considered herself Catholic, the pop superstar’s parents were actually married in a Mormon ceremony. Her affiliation with the church ended when her parents divorced when she was just six.
7. Donny & Marie Osmond
Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond come from a large Mormon family. Known to present a wholesome image, it's no wonder the family gravitated towards Mormonism. Marie faced her own troubles with the church after her daughter Jessica came out as bisexual. Despite backlash, Marie supported her daughter.
8. Julianne Hough
Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne Hough was born in Utah and raised in a Mormon family along with her four siblings. She followed the church’s strict rules including no smoking or drinking until she moved to Hollywood — a move that led to her no longer practicing Mormonism.
9. Amy Adams
Award winning actress Amy Adams was a member of the Mormon church until age 11. While she left the church after her parent’s divorce, Amy continued practicing the values the church instilled in her.
10. Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling was a Mormon long before he became a Hollywood hunk. The actor even showed off his dancing moves at a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ talent show as a child.