The problem with celebrities is they have too much money and a lot of free time, which leads them to join all sorts of ‘enlightened’ cults whose leaders promise to have all the answers in the world.
There’s a reason sects go to great lengths to welcome famous people into their folds, as this move offers them a lot of exposure.
Plus, they can use their high-profile followers as cash-cows. Here are ten celebrities who spent part of their lives in obscure cults.
10 Michelle Pfieffer
Hollywood stars are famous for promoting all sorts of diets and surviving on a salad leaf a day, but Michelle Pfieffer took it to the next level when she joined a breatharian cult.
You guessed it; breatharianism is a movement that maintains that people can survive on air and sunshine alone.
They cannot live without money, and Michelle Pfeiffer later said the cult was continually asking her to pay for the privilege of being a member.
9 Jaden Smith
For Jaden Smith, the secret to happiness is in magic crystals, who protect their owner by eliminating negative energy. The son of Will Smith claimed his little sister Willow is also a member of the Orgonite Society.
All the cult members carry around a so-called Orgone pyramid, which is supposed to surround them with positive vibes.
8 Jayne Mansfield
Who do you turn to when your career is waning? No, Harvey Weinstein wasn’t a big shot in the 60s, so actress Jayne Mansfield sought Satan’s help.
Or at least his representative on Earth, Anton LaVey, author of the Satanic Bible. She appeared in some very creepy Satanic rituals involving horns and gallons of fake blood, but that did not help her one bit. Mansfield died in 1967 in a car accident.
7 Allison Mack
Allison Mack of Smallville fame was heavily featured in the news during the 2020 trial of NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere.
Mack was revealed as a senior member in the organization that prayed on rich and vulnerable women who were turned into sex slaves and branded with Raniere’s initials.
The actress who personally oversaw recruitment efforts has pleaded guilty to racketeering and is still awaiting sentencing as of November 2020.