The Hollywood A-lister was raised in a Methodist home and majored in Philosophy. However, religion appears to have always piqued his interest, and a trip to Nepal in the late 1970s changed his life.
Gere became enamored with Buddhis. He studied Zen Buddhism for six years and then switched to Tibetan Buddhism, where he met His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. The actor has since become a practicing Buddhist and a passionate advocate for the Tibetan people.
Orlando Bloom was raised in the Church of England but converted to Buddhism in 2004. An eye-opening trip to South Africa in the early 2000s revealed to Bloom how much stardom had wrecked his peace of mind.
He was tired of feeling anxious and fearful because of his fast-paced life. So Bloom turned to Buddhism to find more meaning and peace. He is now a full member of SGI-UK, the UK branch of Soka Gakkai International. SGI is a Buddhist organization based on the teachings of a 13th-century Japanese Buddhist priest.
Actor and rapper Ice Cube converted to Islam in the '90s. Ice Cube, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, is a self-described natural, mellow, and easy-going Muslim. He's not big on rituals and traditions.
He doesn't go to the mosque, either. Islam is personal for the rapper - a departure from his early days and his controversial endorsement of the Nation of Islam – widely considered a fundamentalist organization.
Christensen was raised as a Scientologist, and she isn't afraid to own it. The star came out to defend Scientology after the release of the documentary "Going Clear" (2015), which, she says, has no basis in real life. For Christensen, Scientology isn't something one believes. It's something one does.
She explained that the church's method involves a great deal of self-illumination. It is a process of "giving a person back to themselves" through hard work, clarity, and freedom of personality.
The pop star who brought us "I Kissed A Girl And I Liked It" grew up in a deeply conservative family. Katy Perry told an interviewer that her parents, evangelical Christian pastors, frequently spoke in tongues.
Not many people know she sang for Christian record labels under Katy Hudson - her real name. Perry nowadays has abandoned traditional Christian beliefs for spirituality. She believes in a higher power to stay accountable, not an "old man sitting on a throne."