After the HBO documentary “Going Clear” exposed some aspects
of Scientology that had not hit the mainstream, more and more people are trying
to pressure celebrity members into speaking out against the controversial practices
of the church.
Celebrities who left Scientology are often the organization’s
biggest enemies, even if they don’t publicly criticize it. Check out some of
the biggest names who’ve left Scientology behind, or just took courses before
deciding it’s not the right choice for them.
“The King of Queens” actress Leah Remini is one of the
biggest names who left the church in recent years. Remini opened up about it in
an interview for “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”, explaining that:
decide to get into it, I was brought into it by my mom. I don’t think people
know the amount of dedication it takes to be in this organization. It was every
day, three and a half hours minimum, seven days a week usually. I’m working
most of my time, and the other time was spent at the church, and so minimal
time is really spent in your family.”
One of the most famous celebrities who left Scientology,
Nicole Kidman is considered by many one of the biggest victims of the
organization, since she lost custody of her two adopted children when she
divorced top Scientologist Tom Cruise. “I’ve chosen not to speak publicly about
Scientology. I have two children who are Scientologists – Connor and Isabella –
and I utterly respect their beliefs,” she told Vanity Fair in 2013.
The “Chicago P.D.” star was heavily featured in “Going Clear”,
but he first took a stance against Scientology in 2008, in a three hour
interview published in YouTube. Beghe called it “very dangerous for your
spiritual, psychological, mental, emotional health and evolution”, took part in
a BBC News documentary called “The Secrets of Scientology” and even joined a
protest against it in New York City.
Tom Cruise’s third wife has never spoken in public about the
reason she filed for divorce and got primary custody of Suri, but she is one of
the celebrities who left Scientology and hasn’t commented about it publicly.
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Lisa Marie Presley
While Elvis was never interested in Scientology, his wife
Priscilla Presley is one of the celebrity members of the organization. Elvis’
daughter, Lisa Marie, was also a member and she even testified in a Congressional
hearing in support of the Scientology stance against drugs that treat ADHD. “I
got bad advice. I was insulated with no grip on reality. They were taking my
soul, my money, my everything,” Presley later told USA Today.
Completing the group of celebrities who left Scientology
and were also married to Tom Cruise, Mimi Rogers is actually the one who
introduced the actor to the organization. She hasn’t spoken against it publicly,
but she’s been considered a “former member” for years.
After being involved in an publicized traffic accident in
2006, Brandy was directed towards Scientology by a friend. However, the singer
didn’t stick around for too long. “Someone said, ‘There are these classes that
you can take that can better you as a person.’ I’m like, ‘OK, I’ll go check it
out, but that’s all I did, go check it out. I’m not a Scientologist,” she later
“Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor, who won a Golden Globe
Award for his performance in the Amazon series, is also one of the celebrities
who left Scientology. “I took some Scientology classes at one time, studied
Scientology for a while, but no more. I have nothing against it, but I am no
longer a Scientologist,” he told LA.com.
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The “American Idol” contestant turned actress also dabbled
in it for a while. “I took like a couple of courses and things like that. And
they put my name on the Internet. They totally exposed me, and so everybody
thought I was a Scientologist. And I am no longer affiliated with Scientology,”
McPhee told Larry King, distancing herself from the organization and other celebrities
who left Scientology.