Which ‘Seinfeld’ Star Once ‘Dabbled’ in Scientology?
Hollywood’s elite have known to flock toward Scientology. Celebrities like Tom Cruise have given the organization some for of credibility despite many critics who deem the “Religion” a cult. As it turns out, one Seinfeld star had a brief interlude with Scientology, which could’ve easily been an episode of the hit 1990s sitcom, honestly.
‘Seinfeld’ didn’t shy away from topics like religion
Catch an episode of Seinfeld and you’ll see any number of topics discussed. Everything from sexuality to money and everything in between. Co-creators the series, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David made sure each 30-minute episode had just enough controversy to keep everyone happy.
In the show, Seinfeld often discusses life as a Jewish comic — something the actor is in real life (as well as David) and uses his Judaism for standup material in Seinfeld and beyond.
Other cast members’ current religious beliefs aren’t exactly anyone’s business, but there’s one of the core four who dabbled in Scientology.
Here’s who became a Scientologist for a short while
According to a 2007 interview with Parade, Seinfeld “dabbled” in the religion of Scientology.
“I last really studied, oh, it’s almost 30 years ago. But what I did do, I really liked, in terms of it’s very…it was interesting. Believe it or not it’s extremely intellectual and clinical in its approach to problem-solving, which really appealed to me,” he said.
“I actually got to it from my auto mechanics teacher in high school, who was into it, and he was telling me about it. In my early years of stand-up, it was very helpful. I took a couple of courses. One of them was in communication, and I learned some things about communication that really got my act going.”
He continued: “It was just things about understanding the communications cycle. Even the volume at which I’m speaking now is the right volume for where you’re sitting. I’m almost performing, in a way.”
The comedian went on to explain how he wasn’t previously a natural performer and had to learn how to perform to get through his routines by distinguishing different voices to use.
“Just a little thing like that, understanding that really helped me on stage to understand how you have to invade the space of the audience a little bit. I learned that early on. It was a very helpful thing to learn,” he said.
“You have to invade them just a little bit. Not too much, because then it’s obnoxious. But you can’t be short of them either, or you won’t control them.”
“They have a lot of very good technology. That’s what really appealed to me about it. It’s not faith-based. It’s all technology. And I’m obsessed with technology.”
In the time since, Seinfeld left Scientology behind – sort of.
Fans have a theory about the connection
While Seinfeld is still very Jewish — raising his children with bar and bat mitzvahs — there is some universe where Scientology crept into Seinfeld’s world.
“I seem to recall in the episode The Parking Garage, George gets kicked out of a woman’s car after making a crack at Scientology,” one fan posted to Reddit.
To each his or her own. But, as for the cast of Seinfeld, yada yada yada and that’s how Seinfeld returned to his roots.