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”.
“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!).