11 Celebs Who Aspired to Be Priests, Nuns

Including, oddly enough, Michael Moore

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 16, 2013 9:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – Can't really picture Tom Cruise as a priest? Well, he's far from the only celebrity who ever aspired to the religious order. Huffington Post rounds up 10 more:

  • Jack White: At 14, the musician thought he "might have had the calling to be a priest," he once said. "Blues singers and people who are singing on stage have the same feelings and emotions that someone who is called to be a priest might have."
  • Eva Mendes: She thought about becoming a nun, but was put off by the fact that they make roughly zero dollars per year.

  • Anjelica Huston: Her father was an atheist, but "I longed to be indoctrinated," she's said. She wanted to be a nun, but when she told her father at age 6, he said, "That's wonderful, honey. When are you going to start?"
  • Michael Moore: "I went to the seminary to become a priest," the director once said.
Click for the complete list, especially if you want to know Anne Hathaway's thoughts on becoming a nun. Or, since Cruise eventually ended up a Scientologist, click to learn about 13 more celeb Scientologists.

This Jan. 8 photo shows filmmaker Michael Moore at the National Board of Review Awards gala in New York.
This Jan. 8 photo shows filmmaker Michael Moore at the National Board of Review Awards gala in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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