Another Hollywood Pagan

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  June 19, 2007 — 5 Comments

Actress Gabrielle Anwar, star of such features as “Scent of A Woman”, “The Three Musketeers”, and the recent Showtime drama “The Tudors”, has outed her religious preferences during a interview hyping her new series “Burn Notice”.


Gabrielle Anwar

“Being married is something I don’t care to repeat because, for me, it’s been an idea of something that is an unfair ritual … I remember thinking, ‘That is not what my husband is doing, despite what a wonderful man he is. He was raised to believe this is woman’s work. And even though he participates and is incredibly supportive – compared to most fathers – I’m doing this work. I’m making dinner. I’m being a wife, trying to be as attractive as I can, trying to put out with my sexuality to the degree that will keep my husband interested in me and not in other women. I’m pulling my weight financially. I’m doing all this stuff, and I’m feeling this incredible inequality … And I’m a pagan. I’m a … pagan and this isn’t for me. This institution that was invented to control women and I’m not willing to be controlled any longer.’”

Anwar joins the very rare company of Hollywood celebrities who have outed themselves as belonging to some variant of modern Paganism. This includes Cybill Shepherd (who thanked the Goddess at a Golden Globes ceremony), and Fairuza Balk (star of “The Craft”, who studied Wicca and owned a occult store). But that number may be far larger, heck, I think that willingly starring in “The Mists of Avalon” miniseries must be a sign of faith in the Goddess considering the quality of the script and final product (I kid!).

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  • Jason

    Balk never owned an occult store- it’s an urban legend.

    • Peg Aloi

      Okay don't ask me why I am just seeing this now but she did indeed own Pan Pipes in L.A. for a time (1995-2001) and I've been there.

  • Tracie

    And as far as her comment about “this institution that was invented to control women” is so much crap. What, does she think that before Christianity came along, people just didn’t get married? Does she think that early Christians sat down and actually plotted a way for women to be controlled, and came up with marriage as that means? Please! What nonsense! Our pagan and heathen ancestors married too. Brehon law even had several different grades of marriage.

  • Anonymous

    A larger bit of crap is the idea that modern paganism has much of anything to do with pre-Christian paganism other than borrowing some myths and such. Our world, our lives, are so entirely different we can’t begin to fathom what their faith really was and what role it played in the lives of pre-Christian pagans.Maybe she was speaking of modern Paganism and how, for her, that does not mesh with an institution she sees as sexist. Many modern Pagan women feel the same and are not necessarily making a claim as to what role marriage had in the lives of our far removed ancestors.

  • David

    The assumption that modern paganism is anything like ancient paganism does not hold water. Gabrielle is as justified as one of the worshipers of Dionysis in her opinion about marriage:-)