Shia LaBeouf has announced a major career change after converting to Catholicism.
Over the past few years, LaBeouf has been at the centre of lots of controversy.
In 2020, LaBeouf’s ex-girlfriend, FKA Twigs, sued him for physical, mental and emotional abuse, per The New York Times.
He was also fired from the set of Don’t Worry Darling as a result of his erratic behaviour.
But now, LaBeouf has seemingly turned over a new leaf.
He’s converted to Catholicism – and even announced a major career change inspired by his newfound faith.
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Following the allegations leveraged against LaBeouf, he sought help in a facility.
Soon after, he was cast in the titular role in 2023’s Padre Pio.
To help him get into the role, LaBeouf studied Catholicism – and it appears to have had a major impact on the star.
The Transformers actor converted to Catholicism based on his role as the venerated saint.
LaBeouf had told CNA that playing the role of the saint while filming in the monastery and town Padre Pio occupied made the experience extremely intense.
“It’s enormous pressure, but it only served the film,” he said. “There are scenes where we’re running Mass and these aren’t actors in the seats. These are God-fearing people who love Pio and you feel it, and it only adds to the stakes.”
In spite of this intensity, LaBeouf said ‘I have never, in the course of my entire career, been on a set where the film felt easier to make’.
But now, LaBeouf has taken his spiritual journey one step further.
He’s just been confirmed into the Catholic Church – with the aim of becoming a deacon!
LaBeouf has been photographed receiving the sacrament of confirmation at the Old Mission Santa Inés Parish in Solvang, California, reports Fox News.
“His decision to fully enter the Church is a testament to his sincere desire to grow in his relationship with God and live out the Gospel values,” the Capuchin Franciscans-Western American Province says in a statement shared on their Facebook page.
“We are thrilled to share that our dear friend Shia LaBeouf has fully entered the Church this past weekend through the sacrament of confirmation!” the organisation continues.
“As Capuchin Franciscans, we believe in the transformative power of faith and the incredible impact it can have on one’s life. We are humbled and grateful to walk alongside Shia as he takes this important step in his spiritual journey.”
And that’s not all.
LaBeouf also has plans to advance his career in the direction of his newfound faith.
Capuchin friar Brother Alexander Rodriguez, LaBeouf’s confirmation sponsor, tells the Catholic News Agency that the actor plans to be a deacon ‘sometime in the future’.
“He just spontaneously said, ‘I want to become a deacon’, and he still feels that way,” Rodriguez adds.
Watch the Padre Pio trailer below …