Willem Dafoe

The Religion and Political Views of Willem Dafoe

👇 Below is evidence of Willem Dafoe's politics and beliefs.



23 Mar 2022


Willem Dafoe narrated the environmental damage to rivers.

Climate Change

Climate Change Activist

15 Apr 2019


In a support video for Extinction Rebellion, a Climate Change movement organization

Hi everybody, we’re with Extinction Rebellion. I am Willem Dafoe in Mexico and I’m with you.

Political Affiliations

Criticizes Right-Wing

10 Aug 2018


In an interview with Entertainment Weekly

The one thing I do remember is a lot of the opposition to the film [came from people who] hadn’t even seen the film, so they basically didn’t like the idea of it. But I think that was a time also that the religious right — not necessarily the catholic church, but the political right — really saw this as a moment to attack Hollywood. It was a moment that they exploited to make a political move. I thought it was disappointing because it’s a beautiful movie.

Women's Rights

Supports #MeToo Movement

Advocates Against Sexism

20 Mar 2018


In an interview with Boston Globe, talking about the #MeToo movement

I’ve got my ears open. I hear what’s being said, and I think adjustments have to be mad. Some I knew about, some I knew about but wasn’t conscious of, and some are just horrible old traditions. It’s having an effect on me. When I read a script and all the male characters are great and all the women characters are taking off their clothes, and the men are making love to them heroically and the women are thanking them, I think, ‘Hmm. I don’t think this washes anymore,’ and I’m not alone.

Religious Beliefs


16 Feb 2018


In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, when asked if he is religious

Listen, the thing that I read a lot is I read—the thing that I read for pleasure is religious thought, basically. And I like you know, you’re given the world religions, and you see you know, I’m always searching for the thing that connects us, and I’m always searching for the thing that transcends cultural conditioning, that’s why I like to work in lots of different countries, lots of different situations. And through religion, you know, it’s customs, its impulses, it helps for me anyway, to see the bottom line. Plus it’s a way to direct myself. So yes, I suppose I am. But you know, it’s such a personal thing and such a specific thing to talk about it generally is not so nice, because for people that don’t feel like they’re religious, they feel excluded in a conversation, like you’ve got a little club or something. That’s not it at all. I mean, I love to read various things, you know? Lately I’ve been reading a lot of Thomas Merton. And it inspires me. It inspires me. Just as thinking, observations about, for example, Merton, there’s some things, when I read Martin that make me think of [director Pier Paolo] Pasolini. You know? Thought about you know, reflections on what they think is going on. You know? Where we’re going, what we’re here for. What’s, you know, how to make out, how we deal with each other. This is a good place to-I like reading that stuff.

Political Affiliations

Criticizes Trump

25 Aug 2017


In an interview with Larry King, talking about Donald Trump

Our leader should be a moral leader. And I don’t think we’re going in the right direction.

Political Affiliations

Criticizes Trump

22 Aug 2017


In an interview with Metro

No, I am not a great fan of [Donald Trump]. That goes without saying.

Climate Change

Climate Change Activist

14 Sep 2014


Willem Dafoe offered his support to the People's Climate March by signing a list of support.

Social Justice

Possibly Advocates Against Sexism

22 Nov 2009


In an interview with The Guardian

Sometimes I think women are lucky because they can develop in ways men can’t… It’s our bodies that color how we function in society. We’re all stamped by our sexuality: whether we’re straight or gay, whether or not we have children. Emotionally men and women are different, but only as a result of the physical differences. It all comes back to our bodies.
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