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 far from 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.
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Our fave Handmaid 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.
But her relationship with Scientology has not all been smooth sailing. Moss’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.”
Scientology has also 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. One Instagram user asked her if being on The Handmaid’s Tale made her rethink Scientology, pointing out that “Gilead and Scientology both believe that all outside sources (a.k.a. news) are wrong or evil… it’s just very interesting.” Moss defended these claims, responding “that’s actually not true at all about Scientology,” but thanked the user for the “interesting question.”
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