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14 Celebrities Who Almost Became Priests or Nuns

Updated October 29, 2019 69.2k views14 items

You've gotta admit, Eva Mendes would definitely be able to rock a habit! Several famous actors, politicians and musicians almost became priests and nuns. Some of these celebrities attended seminary school, while others went to convent school. One famous person even went on to become ordained in the Catholic church.

Who is the most famous person who almost became a priest or nun? Tom Cruise tops our list. Before becoming the most famous member of the Church of Scientology, Tom Cruise once attended seminary school. Michael Moore said that he left high school in order to study for the priesthood. 

Several famous women also were quite close to achieving their religious aspirations. Eva Mendes said that her first ambition was to become a nun. Anne Hathaway wanted to be a nun, but decided to part ways with the church after her brother came out as gay. Anjelica Huston studied to be a nun in convent school.

Do you think that having religious ambitions helped these celebrities to succeed in their given fields? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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    Before becoming the most famous member of the Church of Scientology, Tom Cruise once attended seminary school.

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    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States of America
    • Gender: Male

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  • Anne Hathaway wanted to be a nun, but decided to part ways with the church after her brother came out as gay.

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    • Age: 37
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Gender: Female
    • Alternative Name: Anne Hathaway

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  • Eva Mendes said that her first ambition was to become a nun.

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    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America
    • Gender: Female

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  • Martin Scorsese studied to be a priest before enrolling in NYU film school.

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    • Age: 77
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Gender: Male
    • Alternative Name: Martin Scorsese

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