Leah Remini Talks the Lure of Scientology on Ellen

Leah Remini has been a vocal critic of Scientology since leaving its ranks three years ago, writing a memoir about her experiences, and creating a docuseries about Scientology for A&E. And while Scientology’s abuses have been well-documented — Remini herself says she has been harassed since leaving — the actress talked about another side on Ellen: why so many people find Scientology appealing in the first place. Remini, who spent most of her life as an adherent, explained, “There’s a lot of things that are good in Scientology, because otherwise I wouldn’t have been in it.” She also wrestled with the idea that it’s all Tom Cruise shows of enthusiasm, continuing, “That’s the other thing, too, is that people trivialize this thing like, ‘Oh, it’s Xenu and it’s a volcano and it’s jumping on couches and acting crazy.’ These people are victims. We’ve been victimized. We believed in something because it starts out very normal.”

Leah Remini Talks Scientology’s Lure on Ellen