Scientology has more than a fair few of critics and detractors. The controversial, high-profile religion has been called a cult on numerous occasions, and for good reason. It’s only when Scientology’s high-profile, celebrity members leave the church that they’re able to truly share their experiences, which are often borderline abusive.
Leah Remini, TV actor of “King of Queens” fame, is one of those A-list members. She was a member of the Church of Scientology for 30 years, brought into the church by her mother since she was extremely young. Leah left the Church in 2013, because worshipping at the church every day left her so little time with her family.
Since leaving the Church, Remini has said, her eyes have been opened to the true nature of membership. In a new interview on “20/20” set to air on October 30, Remini talks at length about the dark side of the Church, including criticism of its most famous member, Tom Cruise himself.
Watch the short teaser trailer below:
In the video, Remini says, “I think that people need to understand, this has been my whole life.”
Earlier this year, Remini revealed much of her reasons for leaving the Church of Scientology. She said her “a-ha moment” was when she witnessed her daughter swimming for the first time, without ever having taught her or even knowing she could swim at all.
‘I don’t think people know the amount of dedication it takes to be in this organization. I mean it was every day, three-and-a-half hours minimum, seven days a week usually. You know, I’m working most of my time, and then the other time was spent at the church, so minimal time is really spent with your family.”
In the short video above, Remini also fires at Tom Cruise: “Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself. You are evil.” Cruise is the undeniable poster boy for Scientology; his involvement in the church has always been his defining attribute, to the detriment of both his career and his marriages. Remini’s comments against the church’s most active and famous proponent is to attack the church itself, an action that, as we’ve seen, Scientologists don’t take lightly.
Remini’s interview comes ahead of her new book about the same topic, entitled Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, to be released on November 3rd of this year.
In that memoir, Remini goes deep into her Scientology roots, the way it has shaped her life for good and bad, and the largely negative experiences she had in her three decades in the church. She describes a particularly harrowing three-month “interrogation” she was subjected to that sounds like straight-up abuse.
Doubtless her memoir and the “20/20” interview will provide even deeper insight into this shadowy organization.