Scientology interview Elisabeth Moss: It’s a very open place

Elizabeth Moss She dealt with her religious relations with a church Scientology In more detail than usual during an interview with The New Yorker. The “mad men‘ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has been a Scientology actress since before she was a teenager but has rarely spoken about her relationship with the group in press interviews.

“I don’t want to be wary,” Moss said when he first brought up the topic of Scientology. “If you and I get together, just hang out as friends, I’m, like, an open book about it. [But] I don’t want people to be distracted by something when they watch me. I want them to see the character. I feel like, when actors reveal a lot about their lives, sometimes I watch something and say, “Oh, I know she just broke up with that guy,” or, “I know she likes to do that hot yoga,” or whatever.

Moss’ fans have always had to reconcile her award-winning gifts as an actress with her involvement in Scientology, particularly because The Handmaid’s Tale portrays her as a feminist fighting back against an oppressive, cultural government. The clash between “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Scientology led to criticism against Moss. When Michael Shulman, writer for The New Yorker, reported that some fans are “distracted” by her Scientological connections, she replied, “Obviously people can keep whatever they want in their minds, and I can’t control that. If not, it would be Something else “.

“It’s not really a closed religion,” Moss said of Scientology. “It is a very open place, like welcoming someone who wants to know more about them. I think that is the thing that is probably the most misunderstood thing.”

Moss credited Scientology for making it adept at communicating she grew up and encouraging people to “discover themselves” if they had questions about the group. The actor added, “I am definitely guilty of reading an article or watching something and taking that as gospel. And obviously something like religious freedom and resistance against a theocratic regime is very important to me.”

Moss also addressed two incidents in which her faith in Scientology and Hollywood collided. The first was at the 2017 Television Critics’ Awards. Moss was in attendance as a nominee for “The Handmaid’s Tale” when Scientology dissident Leah Remini won an award for her anti-Scientology documentary series. Reports surfaced that Moss left the room during Rimini’s speech, but the actor said, “I went to the bathroom. I wish it was more exciting than that.”

“I haven’t received any request to speak with her,” Moss added about Remini’s claim that the group encourages Moss not to talk to her. “So there was no chance for her to say that. I don’t know her very well, so it’s not like we’re friends.”

The second incident was when Moss won an Emmy for The Handmaid’s Tale. During her acceptance speech, Moss thanked her mother for teaching her “that you can be cute and a silly badass.” A former Scientologist told The Hollywood Reporter afterwards that swearing is one of the ways in which members communicate “on a large scale” with ordinary people.

“It pissed me off,” Moss said of the THR report. “That was a really big moment for me, and it was a huge moment for me and my mom. My mom, who has supported me over the years and has been a wonderful mother to me and my brother. And to tell a lie like that, about it – I didn’t deserve it, and that was a mistake.”

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