Over on Apple Music, Billie Eilish hosts a podcast called me & my dad, where she sits down for a conversation with Patrick O’Connell, an actor who’s appeared in Iron Man and The West Wing and, yes, is her father. In their most recent episode, the subject moved to faith. “I don’t know if any of you know — I don’t think I’ve ever talked about it,” she said. “When I was little, when I was a little kid, I was super religious for no d*** reason. My family never was religious. I didn’t know anyone that was religious. And for some reason, as a little girl, I just was incredibly religious.”
“And then at one point, I don’t know what happened. It just completely went away,” she said.
O’Connell says that religion wasn’t a big part of their household but, for a time, Billie cottoned to it anyway and the family wasn’t opposed.
“From my point of view, as a parent, we did not go to church and we didn’t really talk about religion at all,” O’Connell said. “And wasn’t in our household very much. And you just … believed. You had all these kind of organized thoughts about the whole thing. And I thought it was pretty marvelous. I didn’t object to it. I didn’t say you can’t believe that.”
“I don’t know why that happened,” Eilish responded. “I don’t know what made me that way. And then after that period of my life, I’ve loved the idea of other beliefs and I think people with closed minds …I think that’s very pathetic to have a closed mind. It’s very lame. I love hearing people’s beliefs.”
Eilish says she’s not terribly religious anymore but she’s not an atheist either. “I don’t not believe and I don’t do believe,” she says. “I’m in a very neutral position. I’m open to every belief pretty much.” She says she is still intrigued by “the idea that there’s a God.”
“So why not? How would I know? I’m not going to say I know I don’t, nobody knows,” she said.