There are many Hollywood celebrities who are Scientologists. The church pretty much makes it a priority to bring in famous celebrities, to the point that they have a celebrity center. But there are also many celebrities who fell out of the church and then talked about it.
Leah Remini is probably the most famous for speaking out, but she’s certainly not the only one. There have been many celebrities who were part of documentaries or gave interviews about their bad experience with the organization. Here are 11 celebrities who are anti-Scientology.
1. Leah Remini
The King of Queens star was somewhat raised in Scientology. However, she is no longer in the church and wrote a book slamming the organization called Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. She also publicly questioned what happened to Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, as she hasn’t been seen in the public for years.
Remini will continue speaking out against the church in her upcoming series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. In it, she dives deeper into the darker side of Scientology, which includes alleged abuse and abortions.
“I wrote my book, and thought I was done,” she said on the Today show. “But I was watching what was happening to former members and former high-ranking clergy of the Church … and I’m not a big fan of bullies, so it is part of who I am and I was a fighter in the church. This is what they taught me, so I’m going to continue my fight, but I’m on the right side of that fight now.”
2. Jim Carrey
In an interview with CBS, the comedian joked about the church.
3. Jerry Seinfeld
Seinfeld admitted that he dabbled in Scientology, but in the same breath made fun of it as just another weird thing he has done. “I did some Scientology courses about 30 years ago,” he revealed on Today. “The only thing that bothers me about people knowing that is that it is not my complete wacko resume. It’s just one aspect!”
4. Lisa Marie Presley
The singer left the church and even wrote a song about it called “So Long.” The lyrics include, “This here is a city without lights/ Those are all the people without eyes/ Churches, they don’t have a soul/ Soup for sale without a bowl/ Religion so corrupt and running lives/ Farewell, fair weathered friends/ I can’t say I’ll miss you in the end.”
She also talked about it in an interview. “I had a very obscure and actually completely blocked view of reality for a very long time,” she said on CBS. “So, when I got rid of all these nuts in my life and these — whatever, they’re crazy … people — away, that I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to go find out what’s really going on out there.'”
5. Paul Haggis
The Million Dollar Baby director was actually in the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. Haggis was in the church for 35 years before leaving due to its stance on gay rights. “I just decided I had to do it and I did it,” he said according to The Telegraph. “If it’s a moral choice you have to make it’s not a matter of courage. You just have to make the decision. I’ve always had a thing about that — when I saw people were being bullied I just dealt with it, I always have, the worst comes out in me — the bigger the bully the more I want to take them down.”
6. Christopher Reeve
The man who played Superman became skeptical of Scientology after he was asked to look into his past lives during a session. He then played a trick in order to test their methods. “I didn’t expect my auditor to be familiar with Greek mythology,” he wrote in his memoir Nothing Is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life. “I was simply relying on her ability, assisted by the E-Meter, to discern the truth. The fact that I got away with a blatant fabrication completely devalued my belief in the process.”
7. Jason Beghe
You might recognize the actor from Chicago P.D. or his two-hour YouTube video denouncing Scientology. In it he said the organization is “very dangerous for your spiritual, psychological, mental, emotional health and evolution.” Afterward, he kept researching and continued speaking out.
After that I started to do more research and I learned stuff I didn’t know when I made the first video. It was one thing to take money and rip me off, but when I heard about the sh*t with the Sea Org, the violence and the cruelty … It’s one thing to take someone’s bread. It’s another thing to take their soul. I felt like I had something to do with it, so I became a little more active. For a couple of years I became a real pain in the a** to them, so they started to attack me with phony lawsuits. They tried to bankrupt me and they came close.
8. Michael Fairman
The Young and the Restless star was very active in Scientology and even appeared in their ads before getting kicked out. “I was really starting to question things,” he said according to The Village Voice. Once he started pushing back he was kicked out of the organization. “It has occurred to me that they might do something to defame my character. But look, I’m 77. I don’t give a f*ck. I’m a good enough actor that I think that’s not going to be any concern. I mean, I don’t think Tom Cruise would hire me, but I kind of dislike him for what he has allowed to go on.”
9. Larry Anderson
The actor was involved with Scientology for 33 years before leaving. The moment everything changed for him was when he was at a gathering for Scientologists where it was announced that the organization’s updated religious books should be bought. “I looked around and everybody’s in a standing ovation,” he said according to the Tampa Bay Times, “getting their checkbooks out. I thought, ‘Oh, my God, we are sheeple.’ Not me. I’m out.” He also claims he prepaid $120,000 in services he never used and the church refused to refund his money. The church however, claims the money was a donation.
10. Katharine McPhee
The singer and actress was curious about Scientology, but it didn’t go very far. However, she did speak out about how the church tried to use her to draw others in. “I took like a couple of courses and things like that,” she said on Larry King Live. “And they put my name on the Internet. They totally exposed me, and so everybody thought I was a Scientologist. And I am no longer affiliated with Scientology.”
11. Diana Canova
The Love Boat actress was in the church for seven years before she left. She spoke later about feeling like she was taken advantage of. “The first time I walked in those doors,” she told Premiere magazine, “they said, ‘Just give us all the money in your bank account. You’ll get it back tenfold,'” she recalled. “That was shocking to me. I was beginning to wonder, Is it really worth it?” She then continued, “It took me years before I decided to quit … I guess finally I was so fed up with being afraid. You’ve heard all these horror stories … I believed them.” Scientology later ran their own essay in Premiere magazine as a rebuttal to her interview, and accused the magazine of not being fair in its reporting.
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