Luke Evans still finds birthdays and Christmas ‘weird’ after being a Jehovah’s Witness for 16 years

Luke Evans
left the Jehovah’s Witness religion at 16 (Picture: WireImage)

Luke Evans has revealed he didn’t have a birthday till he was 18 after rising up a Jehovah’s Witness and still finds the entire thing unusual.

The actor, 40, revealed that he left the religion at 16, and the primary time he celebrated a birthday was a might of years later.

He informed Jessie Ware on her Table Manners podcast: ‘I was brought up as a Jehovah’s Witness. I’m not one anymore however my mother and father are… I used to be a Jehovah’s Witness for 16 years.

‘My first birthday was when I was 18 and I had so much guilt! Even though I hadn’t been a Witness for over two years, I simply thought that is bizarre and that this feels so unusual.

‘It was the same with Christmas and Easter.’

Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t have fun birthdays or holidays that honour individuals who aren’t Jesus, and in addition they don’t have fun Christmas and Easter as they consider the symbols together with lights and Christmas bushes have pagan origins.



Revealing what it was like rising up within the faith, Luke recollects a lot of public talking: ‘Every couple weeks you’d get a letter saying you’d should go as much as the entrance and inform everybody what the faith meant to you.


‘And you’d successfully have to write down your individual script and then get up in entrance of 200 folks on a Thursday night time or a Sunday and you’d have to talk to them and discover ways to current your self.

‘And then you’d be critiqued, the place they’d inform you you could work on empathy or illustration or gestures, it was all very particular.’

He added: ‘In a way I would never say that any of that upbringing had any detrimental effect on what I ended up doing and you know, having a door slammed in your face which happened regularly on the door-to-door work was great prep on getting a thick skin when becoming an actor.’

Luke finally left the religion when he determined to maneuver into Cardiff reasonably than the small village he was raised in.
He revealed how his mother and father reacted to him leaving the religion and the household residence at such a younger age: ‘I think they were a little worried when I left as I was 16, I was 16 when I left home.’

The Fast & Furious star added: ‘I simply needed to get out. I felt like I used to be prepared and I used to be simply itching to get together with my life so I moved to Cardiff.



‘And I’m an solely youngster too, , however they all the time knew I used to be very bold, very pushed and very opinionated and I all the time felt like I by no means actually fitted into the Valley life. I really like Wales but it surely actually by no means felt like me.’

He added that his mother and father supported his option to change into an actor, although it wasn’t essentially what they’d have needed him to do: ‘My Mum and Dad have all the time checked out me and thought “he’s going to do his own thing whether we support him or not”.

‘But they’ve all the time supported me, although I most likely wasn’t what they’d’ve needed. They would have needed me to remain within the faith, they’d have needed me to be devoted.’

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