In 1963, Dolores Hart, often dubbed the "next Grace Kelly," famously broke up her engagement with her boyfriend and quit Hollywood to become a nun -- all at age 24.
But the girl who gave Elvis Presley his first onscreen kiss isn't the only Tinseltown star to have seriously considered following a more holy path. A surprising slew of Hollywood notables have admitted to wanting to become a nun or priest in the past, from directors like Martin Scorsese and Michael Moore to screen sirens Anne Hathaway and Eva Mendes (!).
"I was thinking at 14 that possibly I might have had the calling to be a priest. 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," <a href="http://www.spinner.com/2011/01/24/jack-white-priesthood-teenager/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Spinner+" target="_hplink">White said in an interview </a>with the BBC.
The Latina siren told Contact Music that <a href="http://www.contactmusic.com/news/mendes-gave-up-nun-dream-over-salary-sadness_1124048" target="_hplink">she once considered becoming a nun</a> -- but was dissuaded out of it once she found out how much money they earned (none). Mendes' current beau Ryan Gosling should be relieved.
The "Mission Impossible: II" director admitted that if he hadn't become Hong Kong's biggest action filmmaker, he would've pursued a path in education or ministry instead. "I love helping people. When I was a kid I got so much help from the Church," <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/callingtheshots/john_woo.shtml" target="_hplink">Woo told the BBC</a>. "So I was so grateful to the church, I just wanted to pay back to society."
Despite the fact that her father was an atheist, Anjelica Huston said she aspired to be a nun. "I longed to be indoctrinated. I'd put my mother's old tutus on my head and pretend I was at my First Communion. When I was six, I told my father I wanted to be a nun and he said: 'That's wonderful, honey. When are you going to start?'" <a href="http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/independent-woman/celebrity-news-gossip/anjelica-huston-i-wanted-to-be-a-nun-3087636.html#ixzz26O2cJJ2M" target="_hplink">she told U.K.'s <em>The Independent.</em> </a>
The young Hollywood starlet who gave Elvis Presley his first onscreen kiss famously broke off her engagement to her fiance and became a Roman Catholic nun at age 24.
The "Fahrenheit 9/11" director attended a parochial school in Michigan and entertained the idea of becoming priest -- or so he says. "I went to the seminary to become a priest," <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFkpzgkBRMI&feature=player_embedded#!" target="_hplink">he told ABC News' Terry Moran</a>, after sharing that his health documentary "Sicko" had come "from a very spiritual place."
"Did I want to be a priest? Sure...yeah, I wanted to for about 9 seconds. This is not to take away from the excellent high school education I had at the hands of great priests/teachers and the blessed sisters who fed our student body at St. Pius X Minor Preparatory Seminary for Boys," the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DanAykroyd/posts/292123190853845" target="_hplink">"Ghostbusters" star wrote on his Facebook page </a>in March 2012.
News that the veteran director was taking on the Jesuit priest drama "Silence" only highlighted his own ambitions to become a priest, before he pursued film. Scorsese went to numerous Catholic schools and counts Father Francis Principe, of Cardinal Hayes High School, as one of his biggest mentors as a young boy. And after viewing "Taxi Driver" in 1976,<a href="http://www.americamagazine.org/blog/entry.cfm?blog_id=2&entry_id=5019" target="_hplink"> Father Principe told the young Scorsese</a>, "I'm glad you ended it on Easter Sunday and not on Good Friday."
The world's biggest movie star was<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/07/09/tom-cruise-was-on-track-to-become-a-priest-in-his-youth.html" target="_hplink"> once enrolled at St. Francis</a>, a seminary school in Ohio. Now, he's reportedly one of the highest-ranking officials at the Church of Scientology.
"When I was younger I thought about becoming a nun for a while. You know how it is when you're growing up and you're going to be a lot of different things, but I actually wanted to be an actress before I wanted to be a nun. The nun was more of a side-bar thing," the "Les Miserables" star <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/anne-hathaway-wanted-to-be-a-nun-2343678.html" target="_hplink">said</a>.
The "Slumdog Millionaire" director and master of the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics thinks there is little difference between his vocation and priesthood. "It's basically the same job -- poncing around, telling people what to think," <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/9431931/London-2012-Opening-Ceremony-Danny-Boyle-biography.html" target="_hplink">said Boyle</a>, who was raised Irish Catholic.