Scientology may be the unofficial official religion of Hollywood, with Tom Cruise’s association with the Church at the center of his messy divorce from Katie Holmes and Leah Remini’s infamous departure in 2013. And Cruise and Remini are definitely not the only celebs to follow the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard. From The Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss to our favourite Riverdale villain Hermione Lodge, we’ve rounded up the celebs belonging to (or are rumoured to belong to) the Church of Scientology—and trust, some of these patrons may surprise you.
Our fave Handmaids was born and raised in the Church of Scientology, and says that the religion has given her stability. “It’s a better you, not necessarily changing who you are,” she said on ABC’s Popcorn.
Scientology has been criticised for its real-world comparisons to dystopian world of Gilead, with viewers pointing out that Moss’s role as Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale is a little too close to the Church for comfort. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Moss was asked about whether being a Scietologist was contradictory to the feminist roles she’s portrayed in shows like Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale.
“The Handmaid’s Tale lines up so perfectly parallel with my own beliefs in freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the things that this country was actually built on,” said Moss. She also stated that she is a “huge feminist and huge supporter fo the LGBTQ community” even though the Church of Scientology has been criticized for not being feminsit and having a history of being anti-LGBT. However, Moss did not go into much depth.
“I choose to express myself in my work and my art. I don’t choose to express myself about it in interviews. I don’t choose to talk about not just religion, but my personal life—who I’m dating and that kind of thing,” she says.
That said, Moss’s personal life and religion have made headlines before. The actor’s divorce from former husband Fred Armisen was reportedly caused by her involvement with the church, though this has not been confirmed by Moss or Armisen. “Her religion was as important to her as their marriage, if not more,” Us Weekly reported. “He could not get with it.”
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