Leah Remini opens up about her life two years after her public split from the Church of Scientology. The TV Land “The Exes” star reveals that despite the passage of time, she is still dealing with the emotional turmoil from years with the controversial organization.
The 44-year-old former ‘The King of Queens’ star made headlines when she left Scientology, a religious organization that, unlike many celebrities she did not join as an adult, but grew up in, as a child.
It’s an organization — a cult some would say — that has received even more scrutiny — and denouncement — in these past two years, most especially since the premiere of Alex Gibney’s documentary on HBO, ‘Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief’ based on the scrupulously researched and vetted book by Lawrence Wright of the same title. Finally, after all these years, the proverbial critical mass is being reached, too many have too many credible stories of abuse suffered in Scientology.
Not least of these Leah Remini who was denounced by current celebrity members sucb as Kirstie Alley. She left the Church of Scientology in 2013 just shortly before the book and later the movie received so much attention.
In a new interview for Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Where Are They Now,’ she says, “My mother was in Scientology my whole life. Most people don’t know that we were raised in it. I didn’t decide to get into it — I was brought into it by my mom.”
“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.”
Leah Remini went on to reveal what became for her a moment of truth. She echoed earlier comments in which she said that she had the impetus to leave for the sake of her daughter, Sophia. She said, “I was at one of these hotels in Florida, and I saw my daughter swimming for the first time while I’m reading this thing. And a tear came down my face. And I was like, ‘What am I doing?'”
She went on to say she did not to do to her daughter what had been done to her by her own mother who had put the Church of Scientology and its demands ahead of her. She said, “It was a culmination of things but that was a big one in my mind.”
She wen ton to speak of the process of putting her life back together in these past two years. She said, “Our decision to leave the organization — it’s not just something you get over. It’s people and a lifestyle you’ve known all your life. It formed who I am, good and bad. It formed the way I think, good and bad. And so there’s a lot of pain connected to it, there’s a lot of healing.”
Watch the video below from Where Are They Now as Leah Remini talk Scientology.