These Popular Celebrities Who Used to Be Scientologists Will Make You Question Everything

Scientology has taken hold of many huge names in Hollywood. While the organization notoriously has a hard time with letting its members go (especially the high-profile ones), some have managed to escape.

Whether these celebrities wrote about their departure from the Church of Scientology after being a lifelong member (page 5) or they simply dabbled in the religion (page 8), you’ll be shocked by the stars who used to be Scientologists.

1. Mimi Rogers

Mimi Rogers introduced Tom Cruise to Scientology. | Scott Gries/ImageDirect)

Tom Cruise may be the most well-known Scientologist in Hollywood, but you actually have his first wife, Mimi Rogers, to thank. She converted him to the religion when they wed in 1987, but they divorced shortly in 1990. Cruise stuck with the religion, but Rogers reportedly is not longer a part of the church.

Next: She respects that her children are still a part of the church.

2. Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman in 2014

Nicole Kidman doesn’t speak publicly about Scientology. | Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Cruise then passed his faith onto his next wife, Nicole Kidman. They married in 1990, but they divorced in 2001 (which the Church of Scientology was rumored to have been behind).

Although she hasn’t gone on record her affiliation with the church, she did say of her adopted children with Cruise, “I’ve chosen not to speak publicly about Scientology. I have two children who are Scientologists — Connor and Isabella — and I utterly respect their beliefs.”

Next: Did Scientology ruin their marriage?

3. Katie Holmes

Holmes didn’t want her daughter brought up in the church. | Toby Canham/Getty Images

Katie Holmes was the third and most popular of Cruise’s wives to have converted to Scientology after they wed. They got married in 2006, but up until their divorce in 2012, Holmes reportedly felt trapped in their shielded marriage.

According to The Daily Mail, Holmes left Cruise and the church because she feared their daughter, Suri, getting too caught up in the religion.

Next: He was only briefly connected with Scientology.

4. Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor speaks onstage

Jeffrey Tambor studied Scientology but never joined the church. | Larry French/Getty Images for Amazon

Actor Jeffrey Tambor was very briefly connected to the Church of Scientology in 2007. He admitted in an interview with, “I took some Scientology classes at one time, studied Scientology for a while, but no more. I have nothing against it, but I am no longer a Scientologist.”  

Next: She was a lifelong member, but now speaks against it.

5. Leah Remini

Leah Remini looking serious on Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

Leah Remini on Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath | A&E

Kevin Can Wait star Leah Remini was essentially a lifelong member of the Church of Scientology. However, she decided to leave the church for good in 2013. According to People, she left for a number of reasons, but her daughter was the most important.

“In my house, it’s family first — but I was spending most of my time at the church,” she explained. “So, I was saying ‘family first,’ but I wasn’t showing that. I didn’t like the message that sent my daughter.”

She’s since written about her time in the church, including her book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology and her miniseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

Next: Her husband didn’t want her family associated with the organization.

6. Demi Moore

US actress Demi Moore upon arrival for the European premiere

Moore left the church in the ’80s and never rejoined. | MICHEL GANGNE/AFP/Getty Images

Back in the 80s, Demi Moore was reportedly a member of the Church of Scientology. However, when she married Bruce Willis in 1987, she ended up leaving the church for good. Willis reportedly didn’t want their kids getting involved with the church, and even though they divorced in 2000, Moore never rejoined.

Next: He totally lost faith in Scientology after this.

7. Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve in Superman: The Movie

Christopher Reeve in Superman: The Movie | Warner Bros.

Known best for his iconic role as 1978’s Superman, Christopher Reeve was involved in the Church of Scientology. However, as he revealed in his memoir, Nothing Is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life, he completely lost faith in the religion.

According to Rolling Stone, Reeve began feeling skeptical when he referenced a story from Greek mythology to lie about a past incarceration He admitted, “The fact that I got away with a blatant fabrication,” Reeve wrote, “completely devalued my faith in the process.”

Next: He understands why Scientology works for some.

8. Russell Crowe

Crowe decided against becoming a Scientologist. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

After studying Scientology, Russell Crowe decided the religion just wasn’t for him. He told Interview Magazine, “It just seems like a religion that is perfect for people who feel like they need a grounding, who feel that the world has run off on them.”

He added, “I’ve discussed this with Scientologists, and they don’t disagree. So, for a certain type of person, that’s great.”  

Next: He was raised in a Scientologist family.

9. Neil Gaiman

Gaiman was raised in the church. | Robin Marchant/Getty Images

Despite being raised in a Scientologist family, author Neil Gaiman has since distanced himself from the church. According to Redbook, “In recent years [he] laughed at the ‘bonkers’ idea that he’s a current member.”

Next: She rid herself of any connections to the church.

10. Lisa Marie Presley

Elvis’ daughter is no longer part of the church. | Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Americana Music Festival

Daughter of Elvis, Lisa Marie Presley, was a long-standing member of the Church of Scientology. However, in 2012, she made it clear that she no longer wants to be associated with the religion.

She reportedly slammed the church in her album, Storm and Grace, and removed any connections to Scientology from her website.

Next: He no longer agreed with what Scientology stood for.

11. Paul Haggis

Paul Haggis left the church after 34 years. | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis decided enough was enough in 2009. He’d been a member of the Church of Scientology for 34 years, but once a staff member of the San Diego church signed a petition in support of Proposition 8, Haggis no longer wanted to be associated.

Proposition 8 “asserted that the State of California should sanction marriage only ‘between a man and a woman,’” according to The New Yorker. It angered Haggis so much that he wrote a letter to Tommy Davis, the Church of Scientology International’s chief spokesperson.

“For ten months now I have been writing to ask you to make a public statement denouncing the actions of the Church of Scientology of San Diego,” he wrote. “Silence is consent, Tommy. I refuse to consent.”

Next: He took some classes on Scientology, but it wasn’t for him.

12. Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld on the tonight show

Jerry Seinfeld took classes taught by the church in the 1970s. | GettyImages/Theo Wargo

Jerry Seinfeld never officially became a Scientologist, but according to Redbook, he did take some classes taught by the church when he was in his 20s.

In 2007, he admitted in an interview with Parade, “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.”

Next: She dedicated years of her life to the church.

13. Diana Canova

Diana Canova

Diana Canova on The Love Boat | Aaron Spelling Productions

Soap star Diana Canova dedicated years of her life to the Church of Scientology. However, as she revealed in a 1993 interview, she realized following the religion just wasn’t worth it.

“The first time I walked in those doors, the said, Just give us all the money in your bank account. You’ll get it back tenfold […] It took me years before I decided to quit. I guess finally I was so fed up with being afraid.”

Next: She was a member of the church way back in the day.

14. Candice Bergen

Actor Candice Bergen arrives at American Film Institute's 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton at Dolby Theatre on June 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

Candice Bergen dabbled in Scientology in the 1960s. | Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner

Candice Bergen was an old-school Scientologist, but she didn’t stick around for long. According to Business Insider, she was linked to the church back in the ‘60s, though she hasn’t been associated since.

Next: He experimented with a number of religions.

15. Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze dabbled in Scientology. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Patrick Swayze got experimental with religion after his father died — including dabbling in Scientology. In 1989, he explained his search in faith. “I’ve always felt there was something different in [my personality], but I was scared to look for fear I wouldn’t find anything,” he said.

“That’s the reason I got into Buddhism, took EST training, was into therapy, into Scientology, into Transcendental Meditation. I was trying to support that side of myself.”

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