Jim Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2004 but still holds citizenship in Canada.
He was raised a Catholic but dabbled in Presbyterianism later in life. Despite his funnyman reputation, one gets the sense when studying Carrey that he’s a complex, searching person. He spoke about looking for spiritual answers as a child and being inspired by the Buddha but has also expressed a distrust of organized religions.
He’s cracked jokes about Scientologists and, as of yet, hasn’t joined Kabbalah but he did seem to latch onto Oprah’s favorite religious non-religion–the cult of Eckhart Tolle.
Tolle’s New Age somewhat ambiguous, generic spirituality has attracted another celebrity. But Carrey seems like a smart guy, so maybe I’m missing something. He spoke at Tolle’s Inaugural GATE Event (Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment) and seemed very serious about it.
Carrey, maybe because he’s Canadian, expresses a sense of the political situation outside of the United States–and even North America. He is a pro-democracy advocate and made a video that circulated the internet raising awareness and showing support for Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi.
When asked about the newly-elected Barack Obama in 2008 (who he supports) Carrey’s response was mainly about U.S. relations with the rest of the world. He said:
It’s amazing to see the difference in one day after he was elected… We’ve been doing everything in our power in the last eight years to make [other countries] dislike us. We’ve completely discounted other people for the last eight years and I think this is a sign to them that we understand that they’re there and that we have to play ball with everybody.
He’s also jumped on the purist medication, liberal train and protested the use of toxic vaccines in children by marching in Washington D.C.