Leah Remini discusses impact of Scientology on her friendship with Elisabeth Moss

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Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath – the documentary series which profiles ex- Scientologists like Remini herself, and the manner in which they are shunned and targeted by the church – has been nominated for two gongs at this year’s Emmy Awards.

However, the actor and producer has allowed that the event will be a tricky one for her to navigate, as so many famous Church of Scientology members will be in attendance. Her childhood friend Elisabeth Moss, for example, is up for Outstanding Lead Actress after her phenomenal turn as Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale.

When asked what she would do if she came face to face with the high-profile member of the church, Remini said simply: “Elisabeth believes that she can't talk to me.”

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Remini continued: “There's a thing in Scientology called 'acceptable truth.' It means you only say what's acceptable to the public.”

Remini added: “[Moss] believes that I'm an antisocial personality, because I've spoken out against Scientology. So she isn't allowed to talk to me.

“And me knowing that, I wouldn't put her in the awkward position.”

However, when asked how she would treat Moss at the Governor's Ball if they both won awards in their respective categories, Remini insisted that she absolutely would congratulate her.

“I don't hold anything against Elisabeth Moss other than she's continuing to support a group that is abusive and destroying families,” she said.

“That's for her to learn, just as I needed to learn it.”

Remini, who left Scientology in 2013, has made a number of abuse and harassment claims against the religious order – all which have been vehemently denied by the religious group.

Moss, meanwhile, rarely speaks about her religion, which boasts a number of high-profile members of the Hollywood elite, other than to say that it has been “grossly misunderstood”.

“I feel it has given me a sanity and a stability that I’m not sure I would necessarily have had,” she told the press.

“But now, it’s private – off-limits.”

Images: Rex Features


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