5 Surprising Scientologists

Stars from The Walking Dead, Friends, The Handmaid’s Tale and Star Trek are devoted Scientologists.

The Church of Scientology is thought to be a strange and scary, cult-like organization, yet great talent continues to emerge from it. The Church’s deep ties with Hollywood and well-known, but little hard evidence seems to exist to explain how so many Scientologists become award-winning A-listers.

John Travolta and Tom Cruise are the biggest names that are mentioned time and again, but there are many more screen stars that were born within the Church or are members of it.

This article will talk about five Hollywood stars and how they came to be connected to one of the most secretive religious organizations on the planet.

1. Elizabeth Moss

Elizabeth Moss — Source

Miss Moss is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress, known for playing June Osborne in the Handmaid’s Tale and Detective Griffin in Top of the Lake.

Elizabeth is a producer and all-around screen-star.

She also happens to be a self-proclaimed feminist-pro-LGBTQ-Scientologist.

This seems entirely contradictory in terms — so ironic that Alanis could put it in a song.

In a Vanity Fair interview, Elizabeth said, ‘whatever happens, I’m never going to take away your right to talk about something or believe something, and you can’t take away mine.’

Moss was raised by Scientologist parents to follow their faith and continues to progress through the ‘levels’ inside the Church. Moss has also appeared on the cover of the Church’s magazine, Celebrity, at least twice.

2. Laura Prepon

Best known for playing Alex Vause in Orange is the New Black, Laura Prepon is a strong advocate of Scientology and speaks out about how the religion has nurtured her acting skills.

In her interview for Celebrity, Prepon credits ‘auditing’ with helping her to act sincerely. Auditing is a process within Scientology whereby the person confesses all to an ‘auditor’ and they then take the person through their life choices to help take away any negativity. Sounds a bit like regular therapy, BUT, it’s all recorded and kept forever. Imagine being John Travolta or any A-Lister and knowing that someone has your deepest, darkest secrets on tape.

I recently had one of my biggest cognitions in a New Era Dianetics session. I spotted this decision I made a long time ago that was affecting me to this day. It was a huge realization. At the time of the incident, you make a postulate as a “pro-survival” decision, you know? Laura Prepon

Unlike Elizabeth Moss, Laura joined the Church in 1999 and has no family connections to it pre-dating that. Little has been said about what appealed to Laura about the religion, but she speaks passionately about how it’s helped her to ‘become more me’ and she says that she feels much less reactive and far happier as a Scientologist.

3. Kirsty Alley

Look Who’s Talking Cast — Source

Kirsty Alley was one of my favorite actresses growing up. I loved Look Who’s Talking, which she starred in alongside John Travolta and Bruce Willis.

Kirsty joined Scientology in 1979, despite being raised a Methodist, and has donated millions of dollars to the Church over the years.

Alley struggled with addiction in her earlier life and turned to a Scientology-supported rehab program for her recovery.

Having always supported the Church, some shocking headlines emerged in summer 2020 when it was reported that Alley attempted to leave the Church. These claims seem to have been largely disproven and it’s now thought that Alley remains a fervent practitioner and has achieved a high-level Operating Thetan rank within Scientology.

Kirsty continues to act and hosts a podcast called On the Verge.

4. Alanna Masterson

Alanna Masterson plays Tara in the Walking Dead (left wearing check shirt) — Source

Alanna Masterson (Tara in the Walking Dead) was born to parents who were both Scientologists and was raised, along with her siblings, in the religion.

Alanna’s mother was raised in the Church and her father, Joe Reaiche, became a Scientologist after marrying Carole Masterson.

When Joe left the church a few years ago, he spoke out against Scientology and was labeled a Suppressive Person (who could threaten the spiritual well-being of a Scientologist) by the Church. Joe is in good company — Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes are also Suppressive People.

Alanna and her siblings (actor Danny Masterson, brothers Christopher and Jordan) have ceased contact with their Dad after he labeled their religion ‘a very deep and sordid abyss.’

5. Giovanni Ribisi

Phoebe’s brother Frank is played by Ribisi. Source.

Friends star Giovanni Ribisi is a devoted Scientologist who describes the religion as an ‘applied philosophy’ that he has studied.

When interviewed, Ribisi suggested that it was unfair to question his religion as this wouldn’t be asked about if he was Jewish or Christian.

Ribisi also touched on the idea that others ‘who’ve had problems’ within the Church, may have given it a bad name, but the religion ‘works for me.’ The actor claimed that those who look negatively on his Church have probably ‘never read what Hubbard’s written,’ and therefore don’t form educated opinions.

All sources are linked with the article.

PGCE English + BA Literature. Tech Entrepreneur for 15 years. Now a Writer. Main interests: Wellbeing, Books, Feminism, Crime, Business & Relationships.

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