Some of these names might be familiar, but here’s how they’ve shared the importance of their faith.
While Jim Caviezel is possibly the most outspoken actor on the importance of his faith, here are a few other Hollywood giants who have God at the center of their lives. While some of them experienced difficulties in their life, their faith has always seen them through. Here’s a look at what they have openly shared about the importance of their Catholic faith and its impact on both their careers and their family lives.
GARY SINISE: He is known for his role in the TV series CSI: New York, as well as films “Forrest Gump,” “Apollo 13,” and “The Green Mile.” Married with three children, the actor converted to Catholicism in 2010. He is heavily involved in charity work, including the education of 300,000 children from Iraq.
MARK WAHLBERG: The actor, producer, and family man goes to church every day, even while filming. “Once I focused on my faith, wonderful things started happening for me,” Wahlberg said in an interview with The Catholic Herald. “And I don’t mean professionally. I want to serve God and to be a good human being… Being a Catholic is the most important aspect of my life.”
PIERCE BROSNAN: The famous Irish actor, well-known for his role as James Bond, was reported by Deacon Greg Kandra in 2014 as saying: “Being Catholic, it’s ingrained in my DNA.” With his faith helping him through the loss of his wife and daughter to cancer, the star shared: “It always helps to have a bit of prayer in your back pocket. At the end of the day, you have to have something and for me that is God, Jesus, my Catholic upbringing, my faith.”
AL PACINO: A regular in gangster movies, the practicing Catholic shared in an interview that the only place where he was allowed to behave like a child was in “church, school, and the cinema.” At the beginning of the 1970s, after a sudden break with religion, Al Pacino started to return to church — interestingly during the filming of The Godfather.
MEL GIBSON: The actor directed, produced, and co-wrote the huge Hollywood hits The Passion of the Christ, starring fellow Catholic Jim Caviezel, and the most recent Hacksaw Ridge. The father of nine has not hidden the fact that his work has largely been inspired by his faith. Having been through some difficult times himself, the very devout Gibson is using his experience to actively be involved in social work and has helped many stars quit their drug addiction.
ANTONIO BANDERAS: The Spanish actor and director is also an officer of a Roman Catholic lay brotherhood in Malaga, Spain, participating every year in the city’s Holy Week processions. Back in 2011, he shared with French magazine Paris Match: “I am Catholic, but at around 16 or 17, when I was really beginning to reason, I said to myself: ‘No, all that’s just impossible.’ Then I arrived at an age where I needed spirituality. All I had to do was lean on the word of Jesus, indispensable and which cannot be called into question: ‘love.’”
ANDY GARCIA: During the release of the film Cristiada, or For Greater Glory (2014), in which he stars, the Cuban-American actor revealed to the National Catholic Register: “I am Catholic. I practice my faith in a simple and private way. I believe in the principles that Jesus Christ spoke of, and I try to be a good example to my family and to others: Do unto others as you would like others to do unto you. It’s not that complicated. It’s important to have such teachings to make us a better society.”
MARTIN SCORSESE: The famous director’s most recent film is Silence, featuring two Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan. Scorsese met Pope Francis, who paid tribute to Scorsese’s work in the film. He shared with French journalist Yves Calvi: “The mystery of faith is a question which I’m obsessed with. This thought has never stopped being a part of me and I channel it in my films. This is how I discovered religion, which helped me find my roots, my bearings …
PATRICIA HEATON: Having been though what she calls a “Protestant wilderness” after her divorce, America’s funny woman and star of “The Middle” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” returned to Catholicism after the annulment of her first marriage. Raised a devout Catholic, the mom-of-four lost her own mother at the age of 12, and got through her ensuing depression by calling “on the saints, including Patrick and Joseph, for help, and then I’d go see my therapist.”
LEAH REMINI: Known for her role in “The King of Queens,” the star, along with her husband, Angelo Pagén, returned to Catholicism after 35 years as a Scientologist, of which she has now become an outspoken critic. The actress/activist explained how she found inner peace by going to church “by myself, sitting and praying and doing my rosary,” she told People magazine. “To me, it’s what religion is supposed to be: a beautiful thing.”