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One of church foundress L. Ron Hubbard’s stratagems for widening the tenets of Scientology was the recruitment of celebrity members. And through the years, the controversial religion has been very successful in this follow. A-list actor Tom Cruise remains the leader of the Scientology’s famous people. But the list of renowned folks who’ve strapped on the E-meter runs deep. Whether they’ve since escaped or remained faithful supporters. These are the stars who’ve surely involved in Scientology.

Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon has generally been silent about her participation in the Church of Scientology. But in July 2015, she gave an enlarged interview to the religion’s Celebrity magazine. Prepon said to the mag (via Defamer) that she in debt part of her success on Orange is the New Black (2013) to Scientology and its auditing system. “Auditing is the process of asking specifically worded questions designed to help one search and handle areas of distress.” according to the church.

“I feel many the auditing that I’ve had helps me to be willing to go there and be free and vulnerable and really jump into these scenes wholeheartedly. It’s so satisfying and fulfilling as an artist to be able to really be there in present time, creating, with no vias. Auditing has helped me a lot in bringing me to this place. I have more to do, and can’t wait for what’s to come.”

Doug E. Fresh

Doug E. Fresh

Rapper Doug E. Fresh believes so strongly in his Scientology. He wrote an editorial about the religion for Essence (via The Baltimore Sun) in 2009. “Scientology is not a religion white. It’s not just for white people,” he said. “The Black community has to check and see what’s there. I’m not saying it’s for everyone, but you must see. You may surprise about what you get. “

All of the Mastersons

Danny Masterson

Danny Masterson (of That 70s Show fame), Chris Masterson (of Malcolm in the Middle fame). Or even Alanna Masterson (of The Walking Dead fame) and Jordan Masterson (of “formerly dating Dakota Johnson” non-fame) are all members of the Church of Scientology.

Their father, former Scientology clergy member Joe Reaiche, told the Daily Mail that he trusts the church is estranging him from his kids with former wife and current Scientologist Carole Masterson. He called belief is “the abyss so deep and dirty.”.” And it will not disappear until it loses its charity status or its tax-exempt status. Until then, what it does to families is absolute evil that allowed existing,” he said. Reaiche declares a Scientology ethics board denounced him of wrongdoing and cut him off from his children. He said “They are good kids. But they’re mentally dead to me.”

Sonny Bono

Sonny Bono

After his death, singer Sonny Bono’s relict, Mary, disclosed to George magazine (via the New York Post) that he roped into Scientology. And he was allegedly unable to get out. “Sonny tried detached at a time. And they have made him very difficult, extremely difficult,” she said. She adding that Scientology “minders” showed up at Bono’s hotels during a book tour he did in 1991. “I aggrieved of that. I did not like the reality that he said, ‘Hey, I do with it. I’m not a Scientologist.’. And they were saying, ‘Hey, you cannot do it’.

Erika Christensen

Erika Christensen

Erika Christensen protected Scientology during a 2013 conversation on Parenthood (2010-15) co-star Joy Bryant’s web series. “People assume we are some kind of closed group and we’re just the Hollywood religion. I would contact them. This is what I do, that’s how my parents do it because my parents are Scientologists,” she said. “If I had to sum it up, the target of Scientology is giving the person back to themselves. Like, your own power of selection.”

Greta Van Susteren

Greta Van Susteren

Former Fox News and MSNBC host Greta Van Susteren labeled as a Scientologist for years. Despite her adamant viewpoint that she doesn’t “discuss religion, sex or money.”. In a 1995 interview with People, Van Susteren did describe Scientology as “an applied religious philosophy”. “I’m a strong supporter of their morality,” she adds. Granted, that’s not an admission of membership. But that hasn’t stopped other stores from attempting to connect Van Susteren and her husband, attorney John Coale, to the church.

Michael Peña

Michael Peña

Michael Peña told Scientology’s famous magazine, “I was living pretty well. I am having all the amenities that a young Hollywood kid would have. But I was not happy. And I remember seeing Jenna Elfman interviewed. She said something like, ‘Scientology allows you to be the real you without all that other stuff.’. My roommate was flipping through the channels. So it was like a 6-second agree, but I really awareness on that. I was like, ‘Wow! That sounds amazing.'”

Jason Lee

Jason Lee

My Name is Earl (2005-09) star Jason Lee’s Scientology membership comes back to the early 1990s. But in September 2016, he publicly disclosed that he no longer affiliated with the church. Speculation arose when Lee and his wife, Ceren, bought a plot of land in Denton, Texas, which some believed would be for a Scientology center. He rejected the claims. And he telling The Dentonite, “Being that we don’t practice Scientology. And that we aren’t especially interested in opening religious centers in general. We don’t have plans to open a Scientology center.”

Lee’s involvement with Scientology supposedly sprang out of his close association with the Ribisi family, whose members are notables within the church. Lee supposedly to be good friends with colleague actor, Giovanni Ribisi. He was dating Giovanni’s sister, Marissa Ribisi. And their mother, Gay Ribisi, was his manager.

Carmen Llywelyn

Carmen Llywelyn

Lee’s ex-wife, actress Carmen Llywelyn, supposedly joined Scientology when they married in 1995. She wrote a scathing missive about her time in the church for Gawker in June 2015. She depicting the reasons she left and blaming the church for her failed marriage.

Llywelyn statement that after reading an anti-Scientology book called A Piece of Blue Sky by Jon Atack. She felt isolated from Lee, as well as from her work. Her talent agency abandoned her, allegedly at Scientologist Gay Ribisi’s urging. Llywelyn statement that she experienced online bullying, in-person bullying, and even stalking after she ditched the church.

She also noted the financial cost of Scientology. “I’m not exactly sure. But I know with all the test, books and courses I took, the cost of Scientology added up to more than $50,000. This includes the amount of my lifetime membership to the International Association of Scientologists. That is thousands of dollars and a requirement that must pay before any services can start. This cost does not include the donations the church requested us for over the years.”

Giovanni Ribisi

Giovanni Ribisi

Giovanni Ribisi grew up in Scientology and has protected his controversial beliefs on several occasions. During a 2014 interview on Marc Maron’s podcast (via The Underground Bunker), the Sneaky Pete (2015) actor tried to equate the church’s beliefs about thetans with other religions’ concepts of spirituality. He also rejected any knowledge of “aliens in Scientology”. Presumably a reference to the church’s supposed belief that humankind on Earth sown by an intergalactic called Xenu.

In 2017, Ribisi questioned the motivations after Remini’s book and A&E series. Ribisi reportedly saying, “I cannot help but wonder, somebody who’s doing a series, a whole season, about that subject, that they’re not getting paid. And there’s a lot of money after it. It’s become to such a controversy to where you go out, you make a documentary about it. You know, the people who’re doing that is earning money off  it.”

Leah Remini

Leah Remini

The King of Queens (1998-2007) star Leah Remini has believed Scientology with helping her break into Hollywood. But the actress has caused a stir when she publicly left the church in 2013. She has released a book named Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology in 2015. In which she depicts her complicated relationship with the organization. During the newspapers tour for her tome, she pulled no punches.

She told 20/20 (via Us Weekly) that she didn’t concord with Cruises’ then-wife, Katie Holmes, who she claims filed “knowledge reports” against her. Remini also said she sent off of Scientology’s Sea Org as a teen for fraternizing with her then-boyfriend. In addition, Remini alleged that she reprimanded for asking about the whereabouts of Scientology leader David Miscavige’s wife, Shelly.

As a guest on The View (via E! News), Remini said about her escape from the church: “They do [come after you], but the thing is, you can’t scare. I’m not scared. So you can come after me. You can make the public statements that you need to tell my story. It’s my story. And that’s what I want to do to let people know. ‘It’s OK, I’m here, I’m happy. I have my family. I’m going on with my life.'”

Remini has doubled down in her crusade to disclose the alleged wrongdoings of the church with her Emmy-winning A&E series. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. “I want to continue going until we see some justice,” .she said

The church has refused all of Remini’s claims.

Paul Haggis

Paul Haggis

Oscar-winning manager Paul Haggis was a member of the Church of Scientology for 35 years. And he became one of the most prominent detractors following his public resignation in 2009. Because of the church’s anti-gay views and favor of Proposition 8, this sought to block same-sex marriage. Haggis told The New Yorker that after his resignation, Scientologists would appear at his home and offices to try to convince him to come back. Or to at least shut up. It didn’t work.

He said, “I know what they do online”. “I’ have seen them assault others under false names, try to discredit them, destroy their careers. And I have heard about these two people who work in the basement of Special Affairs there. They’re just online all day at their computers. Then they going on to different blogs, commenting on people’s lives and things they do.”

Haggis was one of the powerhouses after the 2015 HBO documentary Going Clear. It has delved into the alleged darker side of Scientology. In April 2015, Haggis has accused Scientology of sending a spy posing as a Time magazine reporter to interview him.

The Church of Scientology has disavowed those allegations.

John Travolta

John Travolta

John Travolta is an outspoken proponent of Scientology. Which he believes with helping him break out in acting via Welcome Back Kotter (1975-79). As well as helping him deal with the tragic death of his son, Jett, in 2009. Travolta also starred in 2000’s Battlefield Earth based on a Hubbard novel.

“[Scientology is a goal] mostly because it not understood,” he told Good Morning America in 2015. “People really need to spend time and read a book. You could read A New Slant on Life. You could read Dianetics. Sometimes when something really works well it becomes a goal.” He continued, “Forty years, and I’ve loved every minute of it. My family did a great job with it, It’s a beautiful thing for me. I have saved lives with it and saved my own life several times. Through the loss of my son. It helped me every step of the two-year steady. And here I am talking to you for that.”.

Some allege Travolta’s ties to Scientology bound in fear, not faith. In Going Clear (via The Washington Post), former Scientology officials and insiders state that the church’s “audits” of Travolta accommodate secrets that may use to blackmail him into staying involved with the church. “I know this. Because I used to do it when I was the head of the office of special problems,” former official Mike Rinder said. “By exposing this secret or threatening to expose them. They will cover the person into silence.”

The church of Scientology has refuted those claims.

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise has become the poster boy of Scientology. And out of all the stars on this list, he’s probably the one the world acknowledges the most. Because of his involvement with the church. Cruise joined in the early ’90s. Allegedly through a connection to his first wife, Mimi Rogers, who suppose to be active in the church. Star of “The Mission: Impossible (1996)” has since starred in a Scientology recruiting video (above). And he assaulted Today show anchor Matt Lauer for being “glib”. When Lauer asked about his anti-psychiatry stance. The rest of what written about Cruise’s Scientology joining can really only chalked up to second-hand sources and speculation.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

As is the case with her ex-husband, Cruise. An absolute slew of rumors about Nicole Kidman’s involvement with Scientology printed. Most notably the accusation that the church intervened with the couple’s marriage to the point of causing its divorce. Kidman has still silent on this problem. And in fact, she has gone as far as to say that she will basically never backbite about the church out of respect for her children. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kidman told “I have chosen not to say professedly about Scientology. I have two children (adopted with Cruise). They are Scientologists. And I completely respect their beliefs.”

Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve

The late Christopher Reeve admitted in his memoir. Nothing is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life that he has joined with Scientology after his curiosity led him to take a “free personality test.”. Reeve sign in church courses. But during those meetings, he proceeds his own secret test during an auditing session. Reeve has shared a so-called past life memory that he’d ripped right out of Greek mythology. The auditor bought it. And thus Reeve’s had all of the information about Scientology that he needed. “In fact, I’ve come away with a blatant fabrication completely devalued my faith in the process.” He wrote (via Rolling Stone).

Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley

One of the only times directly Lisa Marie Presley talks about her practice’s Science was during a 2003 interview with talk show host Larry King. When asked about her introduction for religion, Presley said it was through a visit to the set of Welcome Back, Kotter. When she was 10-years-old. Presley said she and Travolta began talking about the church and “I was in the next day, knew it was good, knew I liked it.”

When asked why she thought people had a propensity to “put down Scientology”. Presley said she doubted the criticism started from a lack of understanding. She said “It helped me a lot. It took me a long time. But you know, helped me figure that out.”

It widely reported that Presley later moves from the church. One allegation drew primarily from an interview with USA Weekend (via Dame Magazine). In which doesn’t directly name Scientology. But speaks of “surrounded by people who were not well-meaning” and relate to “a big sinister situation, where there was like, kind of intel and covert ops going on. And a whole endeavor to control me that I didn’t know about.”

Jenna Elfman

Jenna Elfman

Dharma and Greg (1997-2002) star Jenna Elfman is outspoken about her favor for the church. In 2005, she said the Scientology magazine Celebrity (via Today), “I intend to make Scientology as approachable to as many people as I can. And that is my target. It is my duty to clear the planet.”. In Scientology, to be “clear” means to achieve a higher state, where the mind no longer react. Elfman added “The more successful I became. The more repression I bumped into. Especially in the entertainment industry, which really is home to rabid repression.”

Josh Brolin

Josh Brolin

Josh Brolin worked with Haggis on In the Valley of Elah (2007), told The New Yorker that he visited a Scientology Celebrity Centre “in a moment of real despair.” He stated that he audited and realized quickly that the church wasn’t for him. Even though it helped his friends Cruise and Travolta. “Each person has a good head on his shoulders. They make great business decisions. They seem to have great families. Is that because Scientology helps them?” he mused.

Brolin also told an experience he allegedly witnessed: actor Marlon Brando had an injured leg. And Travolta suggested helping by touching Brando’s leg. “I watched this process takes place online. It’s very physical” Brolin said. “I was thinking. This is really f**king weird! Then, about ten minutes, Brando opens his eyes. And he says, ‘That really helped. I really feel different!'”

Travolta, through his lawyer, said Brolin’s story completely made up.

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Actress Juliette Lewis doesn’t speak out much about her faith in Scientology. And that’s in part because she convinced the media will twist and turn whatever she says into something incorrect. She told Time, “The Muslim religion. Or any religion, you maybe find trouble in. At the end of the day, I defend the right to freedom of choice, freedom of voice, freedom of religion. Or freedom of expression.”. “But there are wrong notions that are annoying. I have done media and interviews since I was 19. I don’t feel I represented very truthfully.”, she added.

Jason Beghe

Jason Beghe

G.I. Jane (1997) star Jason Beghe was an OT 5—the same top-level Scientologist as Travolta, Cruise. And just like when he left Scientology in 2007. And he released a video (via Fox News) detailing why he abandons. He alerted that “The further up the bridge, the worse you get.”.

“Scientology is devastation and a ripoff,” he said. “It’s very, very dangerous for your spiritual, mental, psychological, emotional health and evolution,” he said. “I think it prevents your evolution. If Scientology is true, then something’s f**ked up. I don’t have an agenda. I’m just trying to help. And that is a perspective that people who are still in and not out do not have.”

Diana Canova

Diana Canova

Soap actress Diana Canova disclosed the beans about her past joining with Scientology in a scathing 1993 Premiere magazine exposé. Canova stated that another member desperately tried to get her to grant him access to actor Freddie Prinze (Canova’s ex) after Prinze shot himself. “If I can go to meet Freddie, I can save his life. I’ll say him to get back into his body,” the other Scientologist told her. Canova said the first time she walked into the Celebrity Centre, she informed, “Just give us all the money in your bank account. You will get it back tenfold.”

Canova takes years to work up the courage to leave Scientology. She even sued by the church over her comments to the magazine. “I see many my friend silenced personal reasons, for business reasons. I don’t believe that is right,” she said. “If it’s going to term a religion. Or even a church, then those kinds of fears have no business being there. Nobody should be afraid. And you can quote me on that.”

Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor

Arrested Development star Jeffrey Tambor mentioned his brief two-year stint with Scientology in his 2017 memoir, Are You, Anybody? In his memories, he wrote of several strange encounters with the church. Including an attempt by an alleged conman parishioner to rope him into a Ponzi plan. As well as a weird audition he once intentionally flubbed which could have made him being cast as the voice of Scientology videos. The Transparent (2014) actor wrote that what finally prompted him to leave for good was the pressure he received to leave his second wife.

He said that The Hollywood Reporter that he had “no hard feelings”. And he tried to be “as far as he could” about the church in his book. He said that he “had a good time”. And he also “met a lot of nice people” during his association with the faith.

Cathriona White

Cathriona White

Jim Carrey has never been a member of the Church of Scientology. But his late ex-girlfriend, Cathriona White, reportedly was a member. Scientology journalist Tony Ortega said Radar Online, “Cathrionaencouraged to discover Scientology by the singer, Beck, also a practicing Scientologist. That how she introduced to it, is what her friends told me. She had started in 2011 before she even had met Jim.” Ortega said, “It’s interesting that she was dating Jim. Because he has damned and joked about the Church in the past.”

Ortega informs that White was “only in the beginning stages of Scientology. And she recently completed the Purification Rundown,” which allegedly includes long sauna sessions (up to five hours a day) as well as a big intake of niacin. ” Then she started the grueling Survival Rundown, which involves physical, vigorous exercise. She may touch a window. Or pick a bottle up off the table, what is the temperature, how much does it weigh. This can go on for hours,” he said. White has even posted a photo of one of the alleged sauna sessions to Instagram.

When headlines related to White’s apparent suicide began linking her death to her Scientology study. The church stated to People: “Saying that somebody was researching Scientology in the past and connecting that to suicide is like saying a person who had previously studied the Bible committed suicide. It is sad and blameworthy that a paid anti-Scientologist like Tony Ortega is exploiting this terrible tragedy involving a young woman: it’s a sign of outright bigotry.”

Jeff Conaway

Jeff Conaway

Star of Grease (1978): Jeff Conaway credited Scientology with helping him kick drugs. And he also thanked his co-star Travolta for changing his life. “John and I are still friends. But he couldn’t see me going down the tubes. He gave me a book library of Scientology. And he gave me an auditor who comes almost every day.” Conaway told Inside Edition in 2008 (via The Huffington Post). “I have been doing Scientology. My doctor is like, ‘Holy cow…Whatever you’ve been doing, keep doing it. Because it’s really working.'”. Conaway died in 2011.

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley

Star of Cheers (1982-93): Kristie Alley credits Scientology with helping her break her cocaine addiction. “I think I’m going to overdose almost every time,” she told Entertainment Tonight. And she admits that Dianetics got her through it. “Somehow I got through [the book]. And I think either Scientology is the world’s biggest scam. Or I think this is how I will get rid of this hideous compulsion.

Beck

Beck

Singer Beck married to Marissa Ribisi born into Scientology. The singer said to Vulture, “Everyone in my family does it. I have read books, and I’ve learned about it. I’m not off doing some weird stuff.” He adds, “When there is a consensus about anything, I have to take my own counsel. Whether you characterize a group of people as probable terrorists. However a media may represent a nationality or religion, there’s always more to it. Within that culture, there are combative people. There’s beatific, peace-loving people. There are people just trying to make a buck. There are people altruistic, greedy…”

Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

Singer and beloved South Park (1997) chef Isaac Hayes left the Comedy Central series in 2006 after the Scientology-themed “Trapped in the Closet” episode aired. But many close to Hayes, who died in 2008, don’t quite believe it was his choice.

In September 2016, Hayes’ son, Isaac Hayes III, told The Hollywood Reporter that his father “did not quit South Park. Someone quit South Park for him. It happened that in January 2006, my father suffered a stroke and lost the ability to speak. He really didn’t have that much understanding. And he had to learn to play the piano and a lot of different things. He had no chance to resign under his own knowledge. At the time, everyone around my father involved in Scientology—his assistants, the core group of people. So someone left South Park on Isaac Hayes’ behalf. We don’t know who.” He added, “My father wasn’t that big of a hypocrite to be part of a show that would constantly poke fun at African-American people, Jewish people, gay people. And only quit when it comes to Scientology. He wouldn’t be that hypocritical.”

In 2007, South Park co-creator Matt Stone said to Rolling Stone, “There are reports that Isaac had a stroke. And Scientology quit the show for him. It was an up-close, brutal, personal thing with Isaac. Something doesn’t add up if you look at the timeline.”.

Michael Fairman

Michael Fairman

Star of The Young and the Restless (1973): Michael Fairman left the Church of Scientology in 2011. Though depending on who you ask, he either excluded or resigned. Fairman published document “Suppressive Persons” his online, which partially read (via The Village Voice). “Michael Fairman has been pretending to be a Scientologist, while covertly attempting to divert no doubt Scientologists in good standing off the Bridge to Total Freedom. He is not a Scientologist. And he has also joined in squirrel activities with a squirrel individual. The investigation into Fairman’s background shows a long unchanging pattern of out-ethics and of squirreling the most basic Scientology rules.”

Fairman answered in a blog: “If I had the slightest sliver of suspect regarding my conclusions about what the current Church of Scientology has become, that doubt would dispel Sunday—spying on me. And although a civil tone, threatening and intimidating me with a lawsuit and deportation. Or warnings of consequences to my friends and family.If I didn’t come back to the road from which I have strayed.'”.

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright, who voices Bart Simpson, infuriated Simpsons (1989) fans. And 20th Century Fox execs when she recorded a voicemail message to advertise Scientology in 2009 using the Bart Simpson voice. The recording quickly pulled when Fox filed copyright complain. Cartwright before told The Telegraph, “Before Scientology, I had one dream of making a living. That is from doing voice-overs for the cartoon. After I became a Scientologist my abilities extended so far and above what I originally dreamed that I’ve amazed even myself.”

Eddie Deezen

Eddie Deezen

Star of Grease (1978): Eddie Deezen told Vice, “Knowing John Travolta, meeting him, seeing what an extraordinary guy he was, just such a nice person, such a kind human being, did make me think. But it was probably my first impulse of curiosity regarding Scientology. I will not tell you everything. That’s something you’ll have to try it yourself. And you have to see if it works for you.  I never had put their faith on others.”

When asked if the church gets a bad rap, he said, “Yes and no. It helped me a lot. It showed me some stuff to make my life better. Humankind is in a terrible circumstance: Suffering, poverty, misery, hate, cruelty. These are all such general things.  I believe there is a larger surface for everyone. I don’t believe it has to always be this way.'”

Star of Grease (1978): Eddie Deezen told Vice, “Knowing John Travolta, meeting him, seeing what an extraordinary guy he was, just such a nice person, such a kind human being, did make me think. But it was probably my first impulse of curiosity regarding Scientology. I will not tell you everything. That’s something you’ll have to try it yourself. And you have to see if it works for you.  I never had put their faith on others.”

When asked if the church gets a bad rap, he said, “Yes and no. It helped me a lot. It showed me some stuff to make my life better. Humankind is in a terrible circumstance: Suffering, poverty, misery, hate, cruelty. These are all such general things.  I believe there is a larger surface for everyone. I don’t believe it has to always be this way.'”

Will Smith

Will Smith

Will Smith has suffered to Scientology rumors for years. His film After Earth in 2013 reportedly included Scientology themes. Will tried to open a school reportedly based on Scientologist teaching methods. And so do prominent Scientology insiders and experts.

“I introduced to [Scientology] through Tom. And I am a student of world religion,” Smith told Access Hollywood in 2007. “I raised in a Baptist household and went to a Catholic school. But the ideas of the Bible are 98 percent the same ideas as Scientology; 98 percent the same ideas as Hinduism or Buddhism.”

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith

Like her husband, Jada Pinkett Smith linked to Scientology for years. Most notable is Remini, who told the Daily Beast, “I know Jada’s in. She’s been in Scientology a long time”. “I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre every time,” Remini admitted.

Pinkett Smith rejected the claims in a Twitter thread that echoed her husband’s sentiments about being a student of world religion. “Recently I lit Shabbat candles with Rabbi Bentley at Temple Sinai. But I am not Jewish,” she said. “I have beseeched in mosques all over the world. But I am not a Muslim. I have read the Bhagavad Gita. But I’m not a Hindu. I have meditated and chanted in some of the most magnificent temples on earth. But I am not a Buddhist. I have researched Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech. But I’m not a Scientologist.”

The Girls Trip (2017) star’s final sentences on this matter, “I practice human kindness. And I also believe that we each have the right to specify what we are and what we are not.”. “NO ONE ELSE can hold that power.”

Peaches Geldof

Peaches Geldof

Before her 2014 death at just 25 years old, music legend Bob Geldof’s troubled daughter, Peaches Geldof, disclosed in 2009 that she’d been a Scientologist for two years. She told ITV2, “I’m a Scientist”. “It’s something that I agree with. Like I disconcerted about what path to go through. And I felt I needed a spiritual path. I was thinking about it a lot and look at different things. I always feel that I was lacking something when I didn’t have a faith. Finally, all it’s about is making yourself a better person. It only works through the stages and working with other people to become a calm person. And it really helped me in that way. I have good friends who are Scientologists.”

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld told Access Hollywood in 2007, “I did some Scientology courses about 30 years ago. The only thing that disturbs me about people knowing that is that it is not my complete wacko résumé. It’s just one side!” “I’m very interested in self-help things. When I was a young man in my 20s I would discover like meditation. And I studied Aikido, karate, and yoga. I’ll just take little things from each of these.” he said. As for why he left Scientology, Seinfeld said, “I don’t know. I am kind of people from this to other things. And I am interested in exploring.”

Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss does not talk much about science. But when she does, she only has positive things to say. She told The Telegraph in 2012 that her attraction to the religion had to do with the fact that “It self-applied. It relates to reading and you have to make a choice.” Moss also said that as with people who practice Kaballah, yoga, or Buddhism, her Scientology beliefs help her “feel centered.”

Elisabeth Moss said to ABC News in 2013 “With Scientology there is so much focus on them. I guess empowerment and sort of respecting yourself. And yourself as an individual.”

The Handmaid’s Tale (2017) star referenced Scientology again in 2017 in a since-hidden comment theme on her Instagram. According to Huff Post, that exchange included Moss protecting the church against accusations of “information censorship.” She allegedly wrote, “That’s really not true at all about Scientology. Tolerance, religious freedom, understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me. The most important things to me probably.”

Edgar Winter

Edgar Winter

Seventies rocker Edgar Winter got his begin with Scientology when he agreed to record Mission Earth. That is the 1986 sci-fi concept album included of words and music written by L. Ron Hubbard. Since then, Winter’s most high-profile link with the church when he presided over the opening of its “Winter Wonderland” event at its Clearwater, Fla. headquarters in 1995.

Winter also spoke shortly about his involvement with the church an interview with The St. Augustine Record in 2012. “I still occasionally go,” he said. “I introduced the books. And I go to the Celebrity Center when I have time. But I do not actively do anything to promote the church. So I think religion is a personal thing.”

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