In a revealing interview Leah Remini had with ABC’s 20/20, she let loose on exactly how she feels about the Church of Scientology. It is a well-known fact that there is no love lost between the two after she left. In a second interview with Amy Robach of Good Morning America, the actress continued her discussion about the church and what her world is like now that she has left the life that she has known for three decades.
The wedding of Tom Cruise and ex-wife Katie Holmes has been at the forefront of these interviews, and Remini had suggested that this event was basically the beginning of the end to her relationship with Scientology. In the taped interview shown on GMA on Monday, Leah reacted to the recent statements made by officials of the church, saying that she was expelled from the church because of her erratic behavior and her callous treatment of others.
“That’s like saying, ‘I broke up with you, you broke up with me.’ I don’t know when that happened. I didn’t get the memo that I was expelled.”
Joining the church at the age of 8, Leah spent the majority of her life living according to their rules. In fact, she seemed like the perfect member, and she was quite loyal and spoke fondly of the famous organization early on in her career as an actress. Leah Remini was just one of many famous celebrities who were a big part of the church. Of course, Tom Cruise seems to be the most famous and outspoken member of the church.
Touching on the topic of Tom Cruise, the former King of Queens star said that she is kind of unclear on what his role in the church really is. She mentioned that he does have a lot of power, and that if you were at dinner with the high-profile actor, you may be afraid of saying or doing something that would get you written up.
Of course, Leah Remini says that was what every parishioner did. She said that it got to the point that you couldn’t deal directly with your own husband or child because you were writing knowledge reports on them, so the church became like your parents. It made her judgmental and caused her to think that everyone was against you or there was a conspiracy going on. There always seemed to be an agenda when talking to other people while trying to recruit them into the church.
Katie Holmes was also mentioned during this recent interview. The former Dawson’s Creek actress had responded to the 20/20 interview after it was aired. She had this to say to Remini.
“I regret having upset Leah in the past and wish her only the best in the future.”
This statement caused Remini to become quite emotional. Because she and Katie Holmes were feuding at that time in the church, she said that she now knows Katie had been through a lot more than her during that time. Now they have both broken free, and their daughters won’t have to live according to the rules of Scientology.
According to Remini, she was under the impression during her years with them that Scientology was the answer to everything.
“I thought we had all of the answers and that we were doing amazing things for the world. That’s what we were told, that’s what we believed, and all Scientologists believed they were curing man’s ills.”
Since she left the church, she is now reconnecting with the Catholic faith. When asked if she misses anything about Scientology, Remini said that there are many good things about it, but they take it too far. It is either “all-in or all-out” in what she called an “extremist religion.” However, she did say that she walked away with a few positive experiences along with the bad.
According to People, Leah Remini’s new book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, is a tell-all memoir on her life and her experiences with the people in the church. The book will be on store shelves Tuesday, November 2.
Are you interested in reading all about Leah Remini’s life in the Church of Scientology?
[Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Life is Good]