In a rare case, The invisible Man Star Elisabeth Moss has opened up about her association with the controversial Scientology religion. In a recent interview with The New Yorker, which was published April 29, Moss said Scientology is “not really a closed religion.”
The actress also praised religion for boosting her communication skills. In the profile, Moss also mentioned that Scientology encourages people to ask about religion. Speaking about the open nature of Scientology, the 39-year-old star revealed that its inclusiveness is one of the most misunderstood aspects of Scientology.
While speaking to The New Yorker’s Michael Schulman, Moss also opened up about the controversies she faced due to her connection to religion.
What did Elisabeth Moss say about Scientology?
The Handmaid’s Tale star hinted that she didn’t want her association with Scientology to be her defining factor as a star. She shared:
“I don’t want people to be distracted by something when they look at me.”
Elisabeth Moss then explained how she had benefited from religion. She says:
“Communication is something that I obviously use a lot, not only in my work but also in my interpersonal relationships. It’s probably one of the number one basic things that I learned and grew up in. using and using every day.”
She later addressed conflicting views on her religious background with her role in The Handmaid’s Tale. A few viewers and critics have pointed out that in the show, Moss’ character is against oppressive authorities, a characteristic that critics of Scientology have long associated with the religion. In the profile, Moss echoed the allegations and criticism and said:
“I would just encourage people to find out for themselves…And obviously something like religious freedom and resistance against a theocracy is very important to me.”
When did Elisabeth Moss enter Scientology?
According to reports, Elisabeth Moss’ parents joined the religion before she was born. Meanwhile, the actress has been raised to follow her parents’ beliefs since 1982. According to CheatSheet, Moss took her first Scientology class when she was eight years old.
Moss was initially accused of being anti-LGBTQ+ due to her ties to Scientology. Religion itself would have homophobic positions. However, many spokespersons for the religion have denied these allegations.
Meanwhile, Moss told The Daily Beast in 2019:
“I’m obviously a big feminist and a big supporter of the LGBTQ community…”
While the actress has rarely spoken about her religious beliefs, Moss has faced a lot of controversy because of it. However, Moss replied:
“People can obviously hold whatever they want in their minds, and I can’t control that. If it’s not that, it’ll be something else.”
Although Elisabeth Moss is one of the best-known faces of Scientology, other celebrities like John Travolta and Tom Cruise are also followers of the religion.