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 (!).

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  • Jack White

    "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.

  • Eva Mendes

    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.

  • John Woo

    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."

  • Anjelica Huston

    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>

  • Dolores Hart

    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.

  • Michael Moore

    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."

  • Dan Aykroyd

    "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.

  • Martin Scorsese

    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."

  • Tom Cruise

    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.

  • Anne Hathaway

    "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>.

  • Danny Boyle

    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.