Mon 15 May 2017, 08:00
Remember back in 2012 when one of Hollywood’s favourite couple – Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes – split after six years of marriage amid controversies of a high profile third party player? That high profile third party was Scientology, a religious system founded by sci-fi author L Ron that supposedly thrives in seeking out celebrities and getting them to endorse the church in public a la Tom Cruise's indoctination YouTube video in 2008. Chilling, to say the least.
Below are some of Hollywood's top celebrities who have been involved with the controversial church and the crazy things they've done while at it:
1. Leah Remini
A former scientologist, Leah Remini is now a staunch critic of the church and its beliefs after she left Scientology in 2013. In her docu-series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, Wednesdays at 21:00 on Crime and Investigation (170), Remini highlights her experience as a member of the religion (which she joined at only age nine), seeking to shed light on what Scientology is all about from the eyes of those who have left the church.
For those who may not know her, Remini is an American actress who played Carrie Heffernan in The Kings of Queens.
2. Tom Cruise
From holding auditions to find him a suitable girlfriend to using his video to convert other people, Tom Cruise is probably Scientology’s most high-profile celebrity. So much so that according to Remini, Cruise can "singlehandedly" end Scientology if he wanted to since his fame holds major weight in the church. Other than his split from Katie Holmes, there are claims that Scientology might have also ended his marriage to actress Nicole Kidman.
3. John Travolta
In one of her interviews, Leah Remini claimed that Scientology would let John Travolta (a longtime scientologist) get away with murder. That’s not all, Remini’s docu-series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, now claims that the church tried to stop Travolta from playing the pivotal role of Vincent Vega in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.
4. Laura Prepon
Laura Prepon who plays fans darling Alex Vause in Orange is the New Black has credited Scientology for her career-best performances in the hit show.
5. Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss who played Peggy Olson in Mad Men has praised Scientology for making her a better person, saying it helped her "respect herself as an individual".
6. Will Smith
Amid allegations that he is a member of the church, even donating large sums of money to them, a former senior executive of the religion denied that Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett, were ever members of Scientology.
Remember for more revelations on the church of Scientology, tune in to Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, Wednesdays at 21:00 on Crime and Investigation (170). The docu-series is also available on Catch Up on the DStv Explora and on DStv Now for you to watch at your own pace.