Elisabeth Moss: All the celebrities you forgot were scientologists
We all know about Tom Cruise and his advocacy for the Church of Scientology as well as his ex-wife Katie Holmes’ s claims that Scientology was part of the reason she left him, taking their young daughter Suri with her. Basically whenever we see an article about Scientology, especially in the celebrity sphere, we know we’re in for a wild ride.
It’s surprising just how many celebrities are practicing Scientologists, some having been raised in the religion since they were children like actress Elisabeth Moss. We’ve also heard about celebrities leaving Scientology such as Leah Remini or Michelle Visage and their reports about the religion’s anti-drug, anti-psychiatry, and homophobic practices.
The celebrities that stick with Scientology, maintain that it’s the reason for the happiness & success in their lives. For those who may have forgotten which celebrities are currently members of the Church of Scientology, here’s a list.
It’s true that Elisabeth Moss is a Scientologist having grown up with the religion. Many have criticized Elisabeth Moss for her relationship with Scientology but she has been quick to defend it. After some fans drew parallels between Scientology and the practices of Gilead from The Handmaid’s Tale, Elisabeth refuted those claims.
Moss stated, “That’s actually not true at all about Scientology. Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion, and creed are extremely important to me.”
Jenna Elfman has stated that her relationship with Scientology has had a profoundly positive effect on her life. Elfman also claims that the religion is the foundation of her lasting marriage to Bodhi Elfman. Jenna has been a part of the Church of Scientology for nearly three decades.
Laura Prepon was criticized for practicing Scientologist while playing a queer character on the show Orange is the New Black. Fans claimed that it was a hypocritical move considering Scientology’s stance on homosexuality.
Prepon refuted the claims when she argued “I’ve been a Scientologist since 1999 and I’ve never come across any piece of information that remotely is negative or derogatory in any way towards the LGBT community.”
The voice of legendary Simpsons character Bart Simpson, Nancy Cartwright has been a devout Scientologist for years. Cartwright has donated millions to the Church of Scientology over the years and was even recognized for her generosity in 2007 when she received a Patron Laureate status.
Like Elisabeth Moss, Juliette Lewis was raised as a Scientologist by her father, the actor Geoffrey Lewis. Along with Tom Cruise, Lewis has been outspoken about the use of antidepressants & ADHD medications, claiming that Scientology warns against the use of these drugs in the favor of learning mindful wellness through the religion instead.
Giovanni Ribisi grew up in a devout Scientology family as the Ribisi’s are one of the most well-known, loyal members in the organization. Giovanni has openly defended being a Scientologist although his daughter, Lucia recently left the church when she became disillusioned with Scientology practices.
Beck isn’t very vocal about his relationship with Scientology though he has described himself as both Jewish & Scientologist. Beck also grew up in a well-known Scientology family and is even married to Giovanni Ribisi’s sister Marissa. Beck & Marissa are listed as Patrons in the official magazine of the International Association of Scientologists.
Michael Peña joined the Church of Scientology in 2000 in an effort to quell his drinking. Peña also attributes the church to helping him become a more confident reader and therefore improve his acting career. Michael Peña stated in an interview that he goes out of his way to avoid reading any negative stories about Scientology in tabloids.
The Walking Dead actress is another celebrity who was raised in the Church of Scientology. Alanna Masterson is an active member of the church despite the fact that her father left the religion, causing strain in the relationship and ultimately led to Masterson & her brothers cutting ties with their father.