Born to Scientologist parents, Mad Men actress Elizabeth Moss made a conscious decision to fully embrace Scientology in her teens. “It’s not the same thing as going to church on Sunday,” she explained in a recent interview with The Telegraph. “It’s self-applied. It involves reading - you have to make a choice.” And it's a choice that the 30-year-old actress is glad she made, even though her allegiance to the organization is rumoured to have brought a swift end to her marriage to Saturday Night Live star Fred Armisen. “I think that for me it’s one thing that has helped me at times,” she has said, “and it’s kind of as simple as that.”
One of Scientology's most vocal supporters, Kirstie Alley was first drawn to the organization in 1979 when she entered a Scientology-affiliated drug rehabilitation program. “It was like 'night and day' once I had completed the program,” the Cheers star told Source magazine in 1999. “I've never had the desire to do drugs since. When I was straight, I had the courage and energy to try to become an actress. I owe my career to my will to stop using." Alley showed the depth of her gratitude in 2007 when she donated $5 million to the Church of Scientology. "To tell you the honest-to-God truth: without Scientology, I would be dead,” she said at the time. “So, I can personally highly recommend it."
You can count Danny Masterson among the many young actors who credit Scientology with saving their lives. "I'd be a flaming crackhead if I didn't study Scientology," he said in a 2005 interview with Spin magazine. “Basically, any aspect of your life where there's concern or issues, there's something in Scientology where you can go and have it not be a problem anymore." Masterson has been involved with many of Scientology's most public campaigns over the years and continues to strongly support the organization along with his brother - and fellow TV star - Christopher Masterson.
Laura Prepon was initially turned on to Scientology by her then-boyfriend Christopher Masterson. And although that relationship didn't last, her bond with the Church of Scientology continues to grow stronger with each passing year. That's why this leggy 32-year-old actress isn't bothered by the frequent criticism directed at the organization. “Anyone who knows me is just like, 'Wow, if Laura is a Scientologist, then there has to be something to this,'" she recently told Women's Health. “When I hear something negative, I don't get defensive. I know what's true for me and what works for me.”
Known to legions of fans for his guest-starring roles on Friends and My Name is Earl, Giovanni Ribisi is a lifelong Scientologist. "I grew up with Scientology -- my parents at one point were clerical,” he revealed in an interview with Now Toronto. “It's a pragmatic philosophy, not merely a belief system. Yeah, it's had media exposure because certain luminaries do Scientology, but millions of people do it who are not celebrities. It's not a threat or some cult." Ribisi credits the organization with helping to keep him on the straight and narrow. "Without Scientology, I would be in an alley somewhere, looking for dope," he has said.
Dharma & Greg star Jenna Elfman was introduced to Scientology in the early 1990s by her then-boyfriend and converted soon after they were married. She has since spoken publicly about the organization's transformative powers. “I’ve seen drug addicts completely rehabilitated, I’ve seen the illiterate become literate, I’ve seen people that were so depressed and hopeless completely rehabilitate their goals in life, become happier, find partners,” she said in a 2008 interview with ABC News. “It’s beautiful.”
Bart Simpson may not be a Scientologist, but the actress who provides his distinctive voice is. Nancy Cartwright first turned to the organization in the 1980s, not long after moving to Los Angeles from Dayton, Ohio. "I was bummed because I hadn't had a committed relationship in my life," she revealed in a 1994 interview with The Washington Post. "I was rapidly approaching 30 and I wanted to get married and have kids. I thought that maybe I could find a relationship by going to a church." Cartwright ultimately chose the Church of Scientology and she hasn't looked back since, becoming one of the organization's most vocal members. In fact, it was her voice that landed her in hot water in 2009 when she recorded an automated telephone message as Bart Simpson inviting Scientologists to a star-studded event in Hollywood. The incident received plenty of play in the press and resulted in one particularly humorous comment from Simpsons executive producer Al Jean who made it clear that the program has never “endorsed any religion, philosophy or system of beliefs any more profound than Butterfinger bars.”
Best known for her work on The King of Queens, Leah Remini has established herself as one of Scientology's most enthusiastic advocates. The 42-year-old actress frequently comes out in defence of the much maligned organization and has taken it upon herself to educate others about its benefits, allegedly even going so far as to enclose Scientology pamphlets in response to her fan mail. “If somebody is going to get turned off about something because of what they read or heard, then that person's not smart enough to even enter a church,” she said during an interview with CNN. “If you're really against something, then know what you're against.
Jason Lee has been a huge supporter of Scientology since the 1980s. His ex-wife Carmen Llewellyn? Not so much. The actress recently told Access Hollywood that the organization drove a wedge between them and ultimately brought an end to their seven-year marriage. "Scientology broke my heart... worse almost than Jason did," she told the program. Llewellyn was particularly uncomfortable with the organization's occasionally invasive auditing process. "When you're in session and you're going through the auditing process, if a question comes up or a thought comes up that has to do with your husband or an intimate sexual detail, you are required to say it,” she has said. “I don't want to get too gross, but (it would) have to do with sexual positions." Lee has since married Ceren Alkac, with whom he has two children.
Ethan Suplee may have played a half-wit on My Name is Earl, but this veteran character actor is surprisingly articulate when discussing his connection to Scientology. A former drug user, he turned to the organization to help kick his habit. “I’d always been aware of Scientology, but I never had that special cognition about Scientology for myself, until I applied it with my own determinism,” he said in an interview with the Scientology Celebrity Centre. “It really helped me with a problem that was real for me: the problem with drugs.” Suplee has also claimed that the organization has given him a sense of serenity. “Little things don’t get me so worked up, and I can deal with them,” he has said. “And because I can think rationally, all of a sudden I’m not reacting to everything anymore. I’m calm.”