Leah Remini Tom Cruise Scientology 20/20 Interview
Tom Cruise has been getting the side-eye since he went bat sh*t crazy and famously hopped on Oprah’s couch in 2005. And that side-eye definitely won’t be going anywhere after actress Leah Remini spilled the tea on Tom and that crazy white people “religion” — Scientology.
In her 20/20 sit-down interview which aired Friday, Leah revealed she was just a child when she signed a “billion year contract” to swear allegiance to the church. She also revealed living the “roach-infested” struggle while living at the church’s headquarters.
During her time at Sea Org, Remini admitted in the interview that “you live in roach-infested dorms with other children” and “could go from working in a laundry room to working industrial sanders.” Though she was “learning how to learn Scientology” and the food “didn’t taste like food and you had to get it at a certain time,” she considered the church her home.
But during her one-year involvement at Sea Org, Remini and her then-boyfriend partook in physical actions the church deemed inappropriate. “I allowed my boyfriend at the time … to go like this over my shirt,” she said while lighting touching her breast over her shirt. Remini remarked the action was a church violation and she was threatened to be put in the rehabilitation project force. “When you have screwed up royally in the Sea Org, it’s basically to reform you. You have to wear black, you have to run everywhere you go, you have to call everyone sir. It’s pretty severe punishment for an adult, not to mention a child.” Remini said.
Hit the flip for what she says about Tom Cruise’s wacky behavior, which included “forcibly kissing” Katie Holmes and trying desperately to recruit Jennifer Lopez.
“At first it’s very effusive, it’s very very loving. You get the laser in on you and you’re the most important thing that ever happened,” she said of her first impressions of Cruise. She recalled a memory she had of meeting both Cruise and Katie Holmes at the actor’s home one evening. Remini received a call from a church official that said Cruise wanted her to come over and teach him salsa dancing. Two high-ranking Scientology officials were there with the actor at his home and so was his new girlfriend, Holmes, when Remini arrived.
“He was forcibly kissing Katie. I said, ‘hey, get a freaking’ room.’ I was written up for that and I had to go into session for it,” Remini said of the evening. The actress said that Church members regularly write knowledge reports on others and they have to answer for it in auditing sessions.
“You can assume if you say something that is critical to the church, you will be written up. Husband-wife, mother-daughter. It’s what the group does to regulate itself,” Remini said, who reflected that she wrote up her husband “all the time.”
The actress started taking notice of Cruise’s public actions and believed there was a disconnect between his behavior and what the church stood for. “I’m saying I don’t think he’s becoming of Scientologists, jumping on couches and attacking Matt Lauer and attacking Brooke Shields. What the hell is this guy doing? We need to reign it in. We need to stop all this and he just needs to be an actor” Remini said of her thoughts on Cruise at the time.
“I was immediately dealt with,” Remini said of speaking out about her fellow actor. “The only reason you’re saying these things is because you have your own transgressions, so you then become guilty,” she continued. “Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself. You are a person who is anti the aims and goals of Scientology. You are evil.”
“I would refer to him even in my own session. I was like, ‘you’re doing this for a freakin’ actor? Like it was so beneath what was truly important,” Remini said of Miscavige and allowing Cruise to act the way he did. “He’s just an actor,” she said of Cruise.
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