Here Are 21 Famous Church Of Scientology Members

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Tom Cruise is the Church of Scientology’s most prominent member. His devotion to the religion allegedly caused his split from Katie Holmestom cruise and katie holmes

Proponents of Scientology say it’s an empowering way to live. Critics say it’s a cult which uses the money and power of its members to exert power.

But there are many people in Hollywood who openly practice L. Ron Hubbard‘s teachings of auditing and the prophet Xenu.

From Mad Men to the Simpsons, see who practices Scientology.

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley

The former “Cheers” star says the religion helped her overcome a cocaine addiction. 

In 2010, rumors swirled her weight loss program, Organic Liaison, was a front for Scientology, a claim the actress vehemently denied.

Bijou Phillips

Indie goddess Bijou Phillips, most recently known for her role on “Raising Hope,” is daughter of the “Mamas and Papas” singer John Phillips. 

She’s dating Danny Masterson and the two frequently go to Scientology events together.

Danny Masterson

Masterson is best-known for his role on “That ’70’s Show.” He defended Tom Cruise for the actor’s leaked Scientology video back in 2008. 

In an interview with Paper Magazine in 2009 he explained the religion as follows:

“The definition of Scientology is ‘the study of knowledge,'” said Masterson. “Obviously, the more knowledge you have in a given field, such as life, the more confident you are as a person.”

Doug E. Fresh

The iconic rapper said in 2009 he was a follower of Scientology and told Essence magazine he was the first hip hop artist to do so. 

He went on to tell the magazine it’s something we all need to try out.

“It is not just for White people. Scientology is not written with disrespect toward God,” said Fresh. “It doesn’t worship something that is evil. It is scientific, mathematical, and spiritual. The Black community has to check it out and see what’s there. I’m not saying it’s for everyone, but you have to take a look.”

Erika Christensen

Christensen’s claim to fame was as an obsessive seductress in 2002’s “Swimfan.” Today, she costars in the television show “Parenthood.” 

In 2004, Christensen told The New York Daily News the religion helped her thrive in Hollywood, and she’s even discussed Scientology with Tom Cruise more than acting.

“Scientology helps me in acting to focus on communication,” says Christensen. “You can also develop and awareness of yourself,” said Christensen. “It’s a study [that helps] see people as spiritual beings. And in Hollywood, that’s more stable than being a hunk of meat.”

Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss

AMC

Moss who plays Peggy Olson on “Mad Men,” was introduced to the religion by her parents. 

She said Scientology helped her get over her acrimonious split from “Saturday Night Live” actor Fred Armisen.

“Some people say yoga really helps them feel centered … or there’s Buddhism or whatever,” Moss told The Telegraph. “I mean, I think that for me it’s [Scientology] one thing that has helped me at times, and it’s kind of as simple as that.”

Nancy Cartwright

Cartwright is the voice of Bart Simpson on the classic animated show. She said in this YouTube video that the religion makes her want to become god. 

In 2009, she recorded a call using Bart’s voice to encourage people to attend a Scientology event in Los Angeles. The recording was only meant to be heard by Scientologists.

Sky Dayton

The Earthlink founder has an L. Ron Hubbard quote on his homepage that reads “Communication is the solvent for all things.” 

Jenna Elfman

Forever known as Dharma from the hit Dharma and Greg, Elfman once compared Scientologists to Christians who were persecuted in the Roman Age. 

“If someone starts talking to me negatively about something they’ve never actually studied that actual text of, I don’t really admire them very much because it shows they don’t have much integrity, so I just kind of ignore them,” said Elfman. “I’m not going to listen to gossip and hearsay about something that’s affected my life so tremendously in such a tremendously positive way.”

Anne Archer

Anne Archer

Archer is best known as playing Michael Douglas’ wife in “Fatal Attraction.” Her son, Tommy Davis, is the church’s spokesman

Peaches Geldof

The socialite, sometimes journalist and model denied she was a party girl and said she was fascinated by Scientology and Physics. 

“I’ve been one for a while now,” said Geldof in 2009. ‘It’s like, I was confused about what path to go through and I feel like I needed a spiritual path.”

Juliette Lewis

The “Due Date” actress explained why Scientologists can celebrate Christmas to Vanity Fair

“I think there’s so much confusion because people don’t understand a religion where you can be another religion but you can still practice Scientology,” said Lewis. “That’s why it’s completely progressive. It’s just tools for living.”

Currently Lewis appears in TV series “The Firm” and recently won the Webby for Best Actress of the Year for her appearance in “Sh*t Girls Say.”

Laura Prepon

Prepon is yet another “That ’70s Show” cast member to be part of the church. But according to one report, she had only completed 7 courses, while Masterson had done 11. 

Leah Remini

King of Queens actress Leah Remini has belonged to the church for several years, saying she’s found solace in the religion

In 2008, a supposed internal recruiting email from Remini surfaced on the Internet ridden with Scientology jargon.

Greta Van Susteren

Greta Van Susteren

The television host and her husband are members of the church. She told People “I am a strong advocate of their ethics.” 

Beck

The acclaimed musician was raised as a Scientologist and continues to practice. 

Rumors suggested one of his 2009 concerts supported a Scientologist-affiliated program, Educating Children International.

Beck came to the religion’s defense claiming it helps addicts resolve their addictions:

“There’s whole aspects (of Scientology) that you probably don’t see,” said Beck. “They have the success rate of getting hardcore addicts off drugs, 90-something per cent maybe.”

Jason Lee

The “My Name Is Earl” actor’s ex-wife alleged he is obsessed with the religion, leading to the couple’s split. 

John Travolta

Travolta has practiced Scientology since 1975, when he was given one of L. Ron Hubbard’s books. 

Actor Josh Brolin, told US Magazine he once witnessed Travolta aiding a then-injured Marlon Brando at an L.A. dinner.

“I watched this process going on — it was very physical,” said Brolin. “I was thinking, ‘This is really f—ing bizarre! … After ten minutes, Brando opens his eyes and says, ‘That really helped. I actually feel different!'”

Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston

Preston is married to Travolta and is often by his side at important Scientology events. She said the religion helped her deal with the death of her teenage son, Jett, in 2009. 

“In Scientology, we have what’s called “auditing,” and that helps you to address things in your life and to strip them away,” said Preston. “… Through that, the people at my church literally held my hand and got me through … I will forever be indebted.”

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld

The comedian told Parade he studied the religion 30 years ago and credited it with making him more funny. 

“I wasn’t a natural performer at all, so I learned … understanding that really helped me on stage to understand how you have to invade the space of the audience a little bit,” said Seinfeld. “… It was a very helpful thing to learn. You have to invade them just a little bit. Not too much, because then it’s obnoxious. But you can’t be short of them either, or you won’t control them.”

Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell

AP / Jeff Christensen

In 2006, the “Army Wives” actress appeared in a Scientology music video called “United,” promotional video for Youth for Human Rights.

 

 

 

I will never look at Jason Lee the same again, although, ex-spouses have been known to lie. 

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