During Easter weekend, many celebrities celebrated the holiday with chocolates, bunnies and egg hunts. Chris Pratt took a different approach, surprising his social media followers. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor went away from the conventional American tradition and celebrated Resurrection Sunday by planting a cross in his yard.
He isn’t the only celebrity to be open about his faith. Other stars have also shown faith to be something that has guided them through their careers as well as their personal lives. Check out the Zap2it list of the most surprising celebrities to share their religion with the rest of the world:
Chris Pratt – ‘a free agent for God’
The “Jurassic World” star spent his Easter weekend working in the hot sun, in the name of the Lord. Pratt posted a photo on Instagram showing himself along with two other men planting a gigantic cross. The actor has yet to publicly align himself with any particular denomination, but he revealed in a 2014 interview with Esquire that he prays everyday. He revealed that the premature birth of his 3-year-old son with actress Anna Faris restored his faith.
Glenn Beck – Mormon
Glenn Beck is not only a mormon, but the website LDS Living describes the political commentator as “arguably one of the most influential Mormons in the media today.” The Roman Catholic-raised self-proclaimed conservative joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1999.
Erika Christensen – Scientologist
Scientology is often associated with celebrity A-listers such as Tom Cruise or John Travolta, but Erika Christensen was raised within the church. The “Parenthood” actress even went on to defend Scientology on her co-star Joy Bryant’s web series, calling it a “huge part” of her life. She spoke out about her faith following the bad publicity from “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief,” according to the Huffington Post.
Russell Brand – Hindu
Raunchy comedian Russell Brand practices Hinduism and is very vocal about using transcendental meditation. When he married pop singer Katy Perry in 2010, their wedding was held as a traditional Hindu ceremony. It was even conducted by a Hindu priest, according to the International Business Times.
Prince – Jehovah’s Witness
After changing his faith in 2001, Prince told The New Yorker that he does everything that a typical Jehovah’s witness does, including going door-to-door. “Sometimes people act surprised, but mostly they’re really cool about it,” he said.
Jennifer Garner – Episcopalian
Raised Episcopalian, the actress revealed that she had stopped practicing when she became a big celebrity. All of that changed after she took a role in the 2016 faith-based film, “Miracles From Heaven.” Garner said that she returned to the church and now takes her children to worship every week.
Andrew Keegan – Heads his own new religion
The “10 Things I Hate About You” star made headlines when he told Vice that he started a new age spiritual movement, called Full Circle. With a temple based in Venice, California, Keegan described the belief as “advanced spiritualism.”
Chris Tucker – Baptist
Chris Tucker is considered a devout Christian in Hollywood. The once foul-mouthed comedian became a born-again Christian after filming “Money Talks.”The actor has even turned down movie roles that don’t align with his faith, including a reprisal of his role as Smokey in the “Friday” films. He told Sway in the Morning that his faith has helped him evolve as an actor.
Amar’e Stoudemire – Judaism
After being informed by his mother than he has Jewish heritage, Amar’e Stoudemire went on a trek to Israel to find out more about the faith. The former NBA pro has a Star of David tattoo, observes Jewish holidays and wore a yarmulke during his Hebraic wedding in 2012, according to the Sun-Sentinel. The former All-Star announced that he prefers to be called a Jew, rather than Jewish.