During my time in Hollywood, on my way to A-list status, I came across the Church of Scientology on numerous occasions. Hollywood and the Church of Scientology have plenty in common. Famous faces and profitability worth millions of dollars to name but a few similarities. With numerous Hollywood A-list stars considered the faces of the religious group, people tend to immediately associate Scientology with Hollywood. For example, Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Tom Cruise joined the Church in 1984, not long after his father died. In 2006, Cruise spoke publicly about his belief, in an interview with Diane Sawyer. “Scientology gives people tools to better your life. That’s what scientology is. It helps you improve your life.” John Travolta has also spoken of his faith on numerous occasions. In a 2015 interview on ABC News, Travolta extolled, “Forty years for me, I’ve been part of and loved every minute of it, and my family has done so well with it. It’s a beautiful thing for me and I’ve saved lives with it. Saved my own life several times.”
In recent times, following the expose style documentaries like Going Clear and Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie, Scientology has gotten a bit of a bad rap. Some people describe it as a cult, while its faithful members have nothing but praise for the religious group. Others, who were once part of the Church of Scientology but have now left, have been some of its harshest critics. The most vocal example of this is Leah Remini, a Hollywood superstar most famous for her role in The King of Queens. Having been a member of the church since the age of 9, Leah Remini was introduced to the church by her mother. As one of the church’s most outspoken critics, Remini has spoken at length about her time in the church and her numerous criticisms of its practices.