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10 Celebrities Who Are Former Mormons: Who New? (PHOTOS)

Sure, the celebrity-friendly Church of Scientology is always a hot topic. ;But there’s another religion that, albeit not as divisive, has been leaving its mark on the world of pop culture for years: Mormonism.

Following the publication of the Twilight series, written by Mormon Stephenie Meyer, a spotlight was cast on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Many have analyzed Meyer’s stories, saying that religious teachings undoubtedly “run deep.” Others, like the saga’s star Robert Pattinson, say Meyer “doesn’t mean any of that.”

Either way, it’s sparked an interesting discussion on the topic — even more so with the presence of former Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, an outspoken Mormon. The debate has prompted many celebs to come out either in defense of or against the church. More often than not, however, we’re seeing stars who had roots in these teachings but chose to go another way as they grew up. Some of them are pretty damn surprising, and there’s more of them than you might think!

Here’s a collection of some of the most surprising former Mormons.

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11.16.2012 / 04:30 AM EDT by Jager Weatherby
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