Shia LaBeouf says he has converted to Catholicism
In a sit down interview with “Bishop Barron Presents” host Bishop Robert Barron, the actor said that his most upcoming acting role in “Padre Pio” put him on the path to conversion.
“It was seeing other people who have sinned beyond anything I could ever conceptualize also being found in Christ that made me feel like,
‘Oh, that gives me hope,’” the actor explained. “I started hearing experiences of other depraved people who had found their way in this, and it made me feel like I had permission.”
Speaking to Barron, the “Honey Boy” actor revealed that to step into the shoes of the biopic’s titular character,
the late-Christian mystic Padre Pio, he began to take part in the Catholic Church. To start, he moved into a monastery of Franciscan Capuchin friars.
“When I walked into this, my life was on fire,” LaBeouf explained in the interview. “I was walking down a hill. It wasn’t like I willingly came in here on a white horse singing show tunes.
I came in here on fire, and I didn’t want to be an actor anymore. And my life was a complete mess, and I had hurt a lot of people.
I felt deep shame, guilt. I didn’t like to go outside much. I really had a journey here and I was on my way out.”
Nearly one year before filming for Padre Pio commenced in Italy, LaBeouf became a subject of public ire in December 2020.
At the time, the actor was hit with a lawsuit by his ex-girlfriend, the singer Tahliah Debrett Barnett, better known as FKA Twigs, for sexual battery, infliction of emotional distress, and assault.
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