Elisabeth Moss makes a rare comment about her belief in Scientology

I’ve long proclaimed my adoration for Elisabeth Moss – I think she’s one the greatest actresses of her generation, and I love her genuine just-like-us normalcy. She seems down-to-earth, hard working and like a lovely person. There’s one blemish on Moss as a person: she was raised within the Church of Scientology, and she’s still a very active member of CoS. It’s a problem. It’s such a problem that Moss rarely answers questions about CoS in interviews, lest anyone remember that oh, right, she belongs to one of the creepiest cults in America. Moss’s profile has gotten next-level this year with the success of The Handmaid’s Tale (which she stars in and produces), and Moss is actively campaigning for Emmys. She posted the above Instagram from an Emmy event last week, and someone asked her in the comments about CoS. She actually answered the comment too.

The comment section of the post was flooded with admiration and praise, and Moss, who nabbed an Emmy nomination for her role on the hit Hulu series, took the time to answer a few — including responding to one fan, who brought up the perceived similarities between Scientology and Gilead, the totalitarian society ruled by a fictional fundamentalist regime in Handmaid’s.

“Love this adaptation so much,” Instagram user moelybanks wrote. “Question though, does it make you think twice about Scientology? Both Gilead and Scientology both believe that all outside sources (aka news) are wrong or evil… it’s just very interesting.”

“That’s actually not true at all about Scientology,” Moss responded. “Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me. The most important things to me probably. And so Gilead and THT hit me on a very personal level. Thanks for the interesting question!”

The fan appeared to take Moss’ rebuttal in stride.

“Thank you for taking the time to try and explain a little,” the Instagram user wrote. “Either way, you do you and imma do me and if that makes us happy i supposed that’s all that matters.”

[From EW]

I don’t doubt that Moss believes that about CoS, that she honestly believes that CoS believes in equality and tolerance and free speech. But the reality is… she was told that certain people are “suppressive” and that she shouldn’t speak to them. Leah Remini recently talked about Moss too, saying in part: “Elisabeth Moss believes that she can’t talk to me… There’s a thing in Scientology called ‘acceptable truth.’ It means you only say what’s acceptable to the public. But she believes that I’m an antisocial personality — because I’ve spoken out against Scientology. So she isn’t allowed to talk to me.” Now, all that being said… Scientologists also believe Nicole Kidman is a Suppressive Person, and Moss and Kidman just worked together quite happily.

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  1. Goats on the Roof says:

    I don’t support Tom Cruise’s projects because of his support of CoS and its abuses, and I don’t support Elizabeth Moss either.

    • ArchieGoodwin says:

      This. There aren’t gray areas here. I don’t get how some compartmentalize.

      • aang says:

        I am considering doing some work for a group of Hassidim. The more I delve into the teachings the more I think I will have to pass on this opportunity. I wouldn’t work for a far right Christian sect, so I don’t know why working for a radical right Jewish group should be any different. I can’t compartmentalize that much.

    • Diego says:

      I’m sorry but how is CoS different from any other church? Look at the shit Jehovah witness do and tell me it’s any better. I don’t see that much prejudice against them for example. It’s hypocritical to me that she must be criticized for what she believes

      • paranormalgirl says:

        You’re kidding, right? You honestly have no idea what scientologists do?

      • kimbers says:

        Diego–Jv doesn’t run you into bankruptcy, run sweat shops, child labor, sign children into billion year contracts, encourage family abandonment, or hook up their members to lie detectors.

        Don’t get it twisted and stop being contrary.

      • Clare says:

        @Diego Talk to me with JV’s have ‘lower’ tier members clean out someones toilet with a toothbrush. Or work for higher tier members (read: celebrities) for slave wages. Until then, please don’t spout false equivalencies .

      • Diego3 says:

        Right. There are no church’s trying to cure homosexuality or doing anything bad. Just CoS.

      • Diego3 says:

        Evangelical church’s billionaire money laundry schemes are also not as bad as the CoS one for sure…

      • Lauren says:

        My old sociology of religion professor at the University of Alberta had his life threatened countless times by the church of Scientology because he is an expert in cults and worked to expose them. They cut the breaks in his wife’s car once to try and kill her and teach him a lesson about testifying in court cases against them. He told our class they went after his friends too. These people are ruthless and he has dealt with many cults and their malignant narcissistic leaders but said that Scientology was by far the worst. When you learn from experts about what these people do you won’t say they are just like any other religious group.

      • Anitas says:

        @kimbers JW do encourage family abandonment though – my friend has been shunned by his family for years simply for not being a JW, to the point of trying to stop him from attending his mother’s funeral. When he showed up his father and brother wouldn’t even look at him, let alone say anything. His mother had been breaking the rules by occasionally keeping in contact.

        All main religions deserve harsh criticism, but they’re in no way equivalent to cults.

      • pinetree13 says:

        To Diego, and everyone,

        To be fair, it’s not that COS deserves less criticism, it’s that JW deserve MORE.

        I completely agree that JW does not get enough criticism. I had a friend in that cult and I fully believe it to be a cult not a religion. She wasn’t even allowed to be friends with me! We had to keep our friendship secret! How mental is that! And the other things I learned about that ‘religion’ have me totally on board with relabeling it a cult.

        I was so disappointed and horrified to learn Serena Williams is a Jehovah Witness.

      • common sense is for commoners says:

        Not all JWs are crazy or encourage abandonment. That’s an extreme facet of many religions, to be honest. I live in the South, and many Southern Baptists show a high level of hysteria and crazy towards people not of their faith. For example. They also place heavy restrictions on behavior.

        My husband’s family is JW (though he and his sister are not), and they mix just fine with my Catholic family. The religion is batsh*t nuts, but I don’t think JW is any less of a cult than other mainstream Christian religions. There may be individual pockets of crazy JWers who take things to an extreme place, but it’s not all of them. And it’s not comparable to things like Scientology.

      • Jaded says:

        Forced abortions? Forcefully separating families and spouses? Rules governing who people can marry and when they can have families? Sweatshop living quarters in dingy trailers where 20 people have to share 1 bathroom? Rotten food?
        Beatings? The disappearance of David Miscavige’s wife into Co$ prison because she had the gall to interview a few people for board positions in his absence? This is NOT a religion, it is a cult that enriches the top tier and enshrines movie stars as gods. It is a filthy, despicable slave-driving organization that preys upon the weak and vulnerable.

      • GMonkey says:

        As a former Jehovah’s Witness, let me tell you that they are definitely a cult. The non-extreme members are actually a rarity. Family abandonment, hiding cases of child sexual assault, discouraging higher education are frequent themes. They will allow their children to die rather than receive blood transfusions. There have been several sermons praising instances where women fought rapists to their own deaths, and they are praised as examples of decent women. Rape victims who they thought didn’t fight hard enough against their attackers have been disfellowshipped or “shunned.” They have encouraged JWs who work in healthcare to rat out other JWs to the elders if they have knowledge that the person has had an abortion, an STI, received a blood transfusion, etc, HIPAA be damned.

      • kimbers says:


        My MiL is Jv and jer peeps don’t behave that way. I lived for years with her son not married and she was fine. Must be that particular congregation or my MiL is awesome, bc except for Halloween she’s always been a pleasure, and me and her son don’t go to any church.

    • Lavin says:

      I know a lot of people love her, but I always found her a bit creepy, something about her always put me off. She’s a good actress, but I never got the hype with her. No excuse for her and Scientology, she is creepy trying to sell that cult to the public in a interview as something normal or good. Sorry no no no no no. Moss creeps me out.

    • Mannori says:

      supporting and watching projects with scientologists make that, indirectly, our money ends up in that organization. Scientologists actors end up giving the cult a big chunk of the money they make, either for the continuous auditing and courses they have to take or because of the “donations” they make to the cult. Is all about the money so I’m not surprised that when it came to $$$ they gave a pass about working with a SP like Kidman.

  2. Scal says:

    As to Kidman, the rumors are that other than the lines they deliver on set and when they have to stand next to each other for press-Moss never speaks to her and only smiles for the camera.

    • MostlyMegan says:

      And Kidman has never come out against Scientology in the was Remi has. Kidman has been very tight lipped about what went on in COS during her marriage to Tom Cruise. I imagine she will take those secrets to her grave.

    • Luca76 says:

      I get the feeling Nicole plays along for very limited contact with her older kids because she’s never commented on what’s out there about them being brainwashed against her.

    • Gisele says:

      Apparently Nicole has never been officially declared an SP to the members of the cult. Her children were poisoned against her so that Tom Cruise could take custody and raise them in Scientology, but unlike Leah Remini, she’s never said a negative word about Scientology in interviews and so Elizabeth Moss can work with her. She won’t be doing any Paul Haggis films any time soon. Elizabeth Moss may be a talented actor and come across as “normal”, but there is nothing normal about Scientology and their vicious hate campaigns directed at anyone who leaves and dares to speak out.

      • Scout says:

        Isabella told Leah that Nicole was an SP.

      • Gisele says:

        She and Connor were told their Mother was and SP by Tommy Davis and others to poison them against her. She wasn’t officially declared by the church. They actually send out letters to parishioners telling them that the person has officially been declared. i read Leah’s book too. The part about how sad Connor Cruise was, broke my heart.

      • anon1 says:

        What’s interesting to me is that so many people here criticize scientology but no one criticizes islam. islams punishment for apostasy or leaving Islam is death and yes it happens around the world.

      • magnoliarose says:

        Why would I criticize Islam? This post is about Scientology. When Islam is the topic then the discussion will go in that direction. However, I don’t make it a practice to criticize legit religions but I will zealots and people who use it for cruelty.
        Cults are a different story.

    • kibbles says:

      Kidman is a class act. We will never hear very much from her if there had been any friction between her and Moss on set since she has said very little about her own personal life and marriage to Cruise. I’m sure she does not want her life and career to be defined by Cruise or the cult of COS. Kidman is at the pinnacle of her career. She does not have the desire or the need to be discussed endlessly in tabloid magazines and gossip sites about the COS challenges she has had to deal with just to remain somewhat in her older children’s lives. It must be heartbreaking for her to even think about it. Moss is in no position to reject working with Kidman. Remini is a much talked about celebrity and tv actress, but she will never have the A-list credentials and power that Kidman has in Hollywood.

      • DeE says:

        @ anon1
        The Quran clearly states that there is no compulsion in religion.
        The portion of the Quran people, who care not to quote in context or read in its entirety, that states kill them where you find them, is in the surah regarding an agreement/ covenant of peace between warring tribes that was broken. The aggressive tribe took up arms against the Muslims, ambushed their roads where the goods were transported and caused evil in the land etc. and tried to stamp out Islam.

        What follows? But if they cease and put down their arms, Cease fighting them because Allah loves not the aggressor.

        In other words, Justice is with the Lord.
        Women were given rights in Islam before even America was on board. In Prophet Muhammad’s time, they were and we still are able to keep our maiden name, our money/property is to be maintained as ours upon marriage. Man is to take care of woman within his means. We aren’t to be forced into marriages. We are encouraged to be businesswomen, IQRA – read, etc. There seem to always be males who will attempt to subjugate/control. Much easier when we are commanded to not display our bodies, to have an escort at odd hours etc. Yes, there are many who will twist rules for subjugation.

        No, Prophet Muhammad did not have sex with a minor who was promised to him at a young age. How many arranged marriages, especially in early Kingdoms, were arranged but not consummated until both or one were/was of age?

        Slaves… some newsman or politician had the nerve to try and equate the “slaves” Prophet Muhammad had with America’s terror of Africans?
        The word slave was used during that time as we would use the word maid.
        The Prophet’s last sermon includes the following
        A white Arab is no better than a Black Arab except through piety and good works.
        Treat your women well
        And much more. Islam is not about subjugation. We, who are not forced to cover, do so out of respect for ourselves, our fellow women and to help to not tempt men. We are allowed to work, have our own money, drive, become educated, choose our husband, request divorce. Etc.
        It is the evil of men who distort things to what appears to be their advantage. Subjugation and killing in the name of Islam, except in defending self, home or land, is to be answered to and against our religion. These terrorists are hell bound. I.E – those in that night club, gay/ bi or straigtht, were martyred. Any sins they may have had, were piled upon the one responsible for their death. Same with all terrorists, who are not Muslim because actions are what one is judged by.
        Islam is the total opposite

  3. Clare says:

    I have no time for someone with her level of means and access continuing to participate in an exploitative and abusive organisation. She is one of the small number of Scientologists that COULD escape and be safe and not have her world torn to bits, and that makes me even more frustrated with her. I can’t look the other way just because she isn’t hurting me.

    One of my good friends is a scientology escapee (and I use that word purposefully) so I suppose I am a little sensitive to this/biased…but come on, can we not make excuses for her? The you do you thing is great – until you’re part of a destructive and abusive group!

    Also the Kidman thing…its quite clear that the COS allows people to do certain things in order to mantain their and the organisations reputation (and make money to give to the ‘church’. ‘She worked with Kidman’ is really not a convincing argument. That’s akin to ‘I’m not racist I have a black friend’.

    • kaiko says:

      “I can’t look the other way just because she (it, they, etc…) isn’t hurting me.”

      This statement is everything, people. Live it.

    • Yup, Me says:

      She may not see her group as destructive or abusive. It may be that since her personal experience isn’t like that she can dismiss what she is hearing from others and keep her blinders on. For reference- see almost the entire history of white Americans in the USA.

  4. QueenB says:

    “Thanks for the interesting question!”


    But seriously screw her.

    • tracking says:

      Yeah, screw her. This one’s hard because her work is SO good and she’s done great feminist roles, but I hope she wins zero awards so long as she is a member of that cult.

      • Clare says:

        What good are feminist roles when you’re part of an organisation that aggressively exploits and hurts people – when your real life doesn’t reflect the positive aspects of the roles you are known for…then all they are are roles, an act. Screw her.

      • yyu says:

        Scientology caused the death of a number of women by making them feel like inferior, vacuous and deeply flawed individuals by literally starving and dehydrating them to death. And it is proudly and profusely anti-lgbt, proclaiming that the imbecilic and dubious program they make you follow can cure homosexuality and other perversions as such.

        Some feminist. Screw her fight for gender equality.

      • kaiko says:

        she is making BANK with her ‘talent’…and that $$ is going directly to COS in some way. i’m not really sure how she got so incredibly famous. she’s good but not that good ffs.

      • lavin says:

        I agree she’s good, but NOT THAT Good. I personally never got the hype with her. She’s good, but other than that I don’t get it.
        I can’t support her after seeing her promote COS.

    • Shambles says:

      Yeah, no. She didn’t even attempt to answer the question. She didn’t speak about Scientology at all. It’s a whole new level of hypocrite to be doing this show about the oppression of women while you benefit from the victims of sexual assault, mental/physical abuse, and slave labor.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        Exactly what I came here to say. She was utterly evasive.

      • tealily says:

        Yes, why is this being reported everywhere as “she commented on Scientology!” She didn’t really. She said nothing about what Scientology believes, she only talked about what it doesn’t believe (ever so briefly) and what she personally does.

  5. RBC says:

    I work quite happily with a few people we make a point not to discuss controversial topics( politics, religion etc) They are not my work ” friends” but work colleagues. We respect each other and just do our job. I am sure that was the case with Nicole and Elisabeth. It was a project they had to work together on.

    • Egla says:

      I work with people like that too. We have learned in time not to open certain topics as I can’t hold my mouth for to long and I generally tell it as I see it.
      Also JW…there was an engaged to be married couple in my city, they were JW attending meetings in a place near my gym. The girl got pregnant and the others there were so mean to her because of that. they shamed her to oblivion, held gatherings asking GOD to forgive her etc (not her man though ) and forbidding her to participate to the gatherings effectively splitting form her fiance . In the end she jumped from a 9 store building and died at 4 months pregnant and hey held vigils about her and all gathered around the fiance to console him for his loss and also ask GOD to forgive her for taking her own life. One day getting out of the gym I heard The mother was screaming at them that they had killed her daughter. The grieving fiance was there not even looking at her in the eyes but not even talking. Some pastor (I think it was from the US) was trying to calm her down telling her she was with God now etc…such a mess. Several members quit after that I heard. To weird for them I guess . Yes they are a cult also in my opinion. If someone forbids you the most basic things then it’s time to run in my opinion

  6. milla says:

    Sounds like a proper member of a cult. Tom must be proud.

    • Lavin says:

      Yup, I find her answers CREEPY. She belongs to a cult, she is trying to sell that as something normal or nice. She is in a cult.

    • M says:

      Wow, I didn’t know she is part of this cult. I like her acting but this is creepy. Playing an oppressed woman slave to a club of crazy people in order to bring awareness about feminist issues and she is herself part of such a club in her daily life. How ironic… Is she calling for help? Maybe that’s why she accepted the part, maybe she is in the middle of a struggle to get out.

  7. Nicole says:

    Yea I don’t enjoy Moss because of CoS. Hence why I didn’t buy a subscription to watch Handmaid and I’m debating whether to watch anything further. CoS does not stand for religious freedom so I snorted at that one.
    I heard that working with Nicole was not all sunshine and rainbows. And I doubt Nicole has any warm feelings towards any CoS member. They took her kids from her for years. She probably played nice for the cameras

  8. SKF says:

    I feel a bit differently about the people who were raised in the Church. She’s been brainwashed her entire life. It takes an incredibly strong person to see their way out of that. Additionally, if she leaves the church the likliehood is that all of her family and most of her friends would completely cut her off. That is a big deal. When Leah Remini left her family came with her, but many scientologists have to leave their families behind. It may well be that she isn’t much of a believer but she keeps quiet and toes the line so as not to unravel her life. Not the strongest decision, but understandable. Or maybe she is a true believer, brainwashed since birth. In any case, I can understand it and I feel pity for her for being in this situation in the first place.

    • hoopjumper says:

      This was my reaction. CoS is awful, but if it’s all she knows, and she might lose her family, etc. it’s hard for me to blame her as much as I would someone who was introduced to it later in life.

    • birdy says:

      This is what confuses me. Unless her parents were mid to high up in the church, during her childhood she would have seen or been made to do the things that COS is called out for – Seaorg, forced into unpaid labor for the church, abusive tactics, rumors of blackmail from the tapes of their “auditing”, etc. Mad Men started a decade ago – she wouldn’t have been considered a “get” before then (even if she was a jobbing actress) that they would pander to because she wasn’t famous enough or bringing in big money to the church. Would she not have seen a disparity in the way she and her family were treated as she grew up in the church as no-names as opposed to when she was winning awards for her acting in Mad Men and started making decent money??
      She would be the ideal person to call them out as she would possibly have first hand knowledge of the practices of the church. But she doesn’t. And maybe she doesn’t care.

    • tealily says:

      Yes, I was wondering about this too. Is it possible to be a “cafeteria Scientologist” the way one might be a “cafeteria Catholic”… as in, picking and choosing which bits you believe? My impression is not. My impression is that it’s all or nothing.

      • Lindsey says:

        The simplest answer is the Church proper says no. Some do become cafeteria Scientologist upon leaving, some disavow it all.

      • tealily says:

        Thanks, Lindsey. I mean, I suppose every church proper would say no. But is it possible for her to exist in the church and NOT believe/act on a good portion of what they’re preaching? My understanding is that Scientology requires a level of active involvement that a lot of actual churches do not. Like, you couldn’t really get away with being only semi-committed to the cause.

        My point is, maybe if she sees and is aware of the exploitative parts of the “church,” she is still able to justify it to herself in some way because she’s so in to freedom and tolerance etc. Maybe she doesn’t see herself as *that* Scientologist. To be clear, I’m not trying to defend her, but I AM trying to understand how someone who professes to believe the things she does can be a part of this organization.

    • Scotchy says:

      It’s the same for musician Beck, he was born into that cult. I don’t really know the situation, but perhaps if you are born into it you don’t have to sign those billion year sea org contracts.
      Or maybe their parents were just wealthy and gave a lot thus sheltering their kids from that outcome.

      Either way it’s sad when a cult is all you know.

      • Gisele says:

        Only Sea Org members sign the billion year contract. The regular parishioners don’t, They do sign a contract saying that they won’t sue Scientology or another Scientologists for any reason and that they won’t seek medical help for mental health issues. They give the church the right to remove them from medical care, even if they are suicidal or have had a psychotic break. Read about Lisa MacPherson.

      • magnoliarose says:

        I never felt the same about Beck after I found that out. I realize he is brainwashed but I still can’t support what they do.

    • Kitten says:

      100% agree with everything you said.

  9. Beth says:

    I’d never judge a person on their religious beliefs, but it puzzles me why people belong to and believe in the CoS. I have no beliefs in any kind of religion, but Scientology seems very creepy and strange

    • milla says:

      I am somewhat religious. But if someone told me i cannot even talk to a person cos they are not part of orthodox christians, i would give them a finger.

      I do need some positive energy today. My senior pup has a surgery.

      • Clare says:

        Hope your pup is going to be alright – its so hard because the little critters can’t even say how they are feeling. <3

      • magnoliarose says:

        I hope pup is ok and mending. Sending positive healing vibes to beloved senior pup.

      • PhatGirl says:

        Just had bad cancer removed off my 17 yr old datsun (even vet said it was a waste of money to do the surgery on such an old dog as it would only probably add a few months maybe a year to her life). But I told them it was my money and if I could enjoy my girl for an extra six months to a year- well I would want someone to do it for me. You know what, she is doing so well it’s like she’s a puppy again. Sooo worth it at any cost. Great vibes coming your way from me and my Minnie Pearl. We’re pulling for senior pup!

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      Because it’s not a religion.

      I don’t love Moss on screen and that has nothing to do with CoS, I didn’t like her in The West Wing and that kinda put me off of her in general. But at least she doesn’t promote the cult, that’s the difference between her and Cruise. I’ve watched a number of extensive interviews with Remini and the brainwashing is next level so if you were raised in it, I can’t sh*t on you as long as you don’t promote it.

      But honestly, she has no choice but to smile for the cameras next to Kidman, maybe especially because of Kidman’s history with the cult. She’s just too big a name in Hollywood and avoiding her would prove what everyone is suspecting.

      • nicegirl says:

        I’m with you, littlemissnaughty. I am not one who thinks she lights up the screen either.

      • lavin says:

        I think Moss didn’t talk about it early because she knows darn well it would have damaged her w the public. Now not much she can do to hide it, the press knows what she is and her roles are getting bigger, they are going to ask her about COS.

  10. Tan says:

    Nicole has hardly spoken against COS, even they alienated her children from her.

    Leah on the otherhand works hard to bust COS , produces shows and bring the truth

    She is probably Public Enemy 1 at COS

    Moss probably can tolerate Kidman in professional setting but Leah would probably be reason for excommunication.

    • yyu says:

      Nicole did not speak against the cult for the fear of losing her kids. But that did not help. The kids abandoned her and supposedly loathe her now. The daughter did not even invite her to her wedding that TC paid for.

      I am sure her heart is broken, but what you’re gonna do?

  11. Ariel says:

    Kidman has gone out of her way for the last decade to never speak ill of Scientology as to not alienate her brainwashed children who were raised in the church.

    And Mossdidnt answer the question, she side stepped it, after a brief “that’s not true” denial. She spoke about what she believes/ is important to her, (regarding equality and bigotry- a main Scientology defense talking point) and what THT world believes.
    If she doesn’t know about the abuses in Scientology it is because she is purposefully ignorant and complicit.

  12. magnoliarose says:

    I want to support her because I like some of her work but the COS is an evil cult that destroys people’s lives. They try to recruit certain people for publicity and other people as slaves. Tom Cruise is no innocent member but no one is going to tell all about him because like most COS stars he is litigious. They are pushy too and try to trick people into attending a meeting or a class that seems innocent enough but it is really a cover to recruit targeted members.
    L. Ron Hubbard was just a con artist like that other Hollywood ne’er do well Bannon. They remind me of one another.

  13. Shelllley says:

    “… Moss and Kidman just worked together quite happily. . ..”
    I do not see a happy Moss in that pic above.
    She’s got a bit of a “just keep swimming” look to her there ..
    Actually I see it in both of them.

    • Nic919 says:

      Nicole’s smile and hand over Moss’s shoulder looks a bit like a power move. As in “hahaha, you scientologists can’t suppress me now”
      Moss is gritting her teeth in that photo.

      • Lila says:

        I agree and it makes me love Nicole even more. I like to imagine that on set, she just kept popping up wherever Elisabeth was like some kind of ‘ha ha screw you’ ghost. Just because she could.

        I do have to wonder though if Nicole had truly understood the loss she was facing, if she would have converted to stick it out with her kids. I’m guessing Elisabeth understands very well what she would stand to lose. Still, I have more sympathy for the survivors than those willingly still trapped.

  14. Laika says:

    Wasn’t Moss raised in CoS, though? That’s decades of brainwashing, you can’t expect people like that to see anything about that situation clearly.

  15. Alix says:

    I wonder how much of her money she’s expected to fork over to the “church”.

    • Esmom says:

      Good question. I though I’d read that they are struggling. With a hit HBO show, Moss could now be one of their biggest cash cows. Sad.

      • H says:

        They are struggling cash wise but they have a lot of real-estate which they might sell if donations dwindle.

  16. Eirè says:

    I can’t watch Moss in anything without seeing CoS. It’s just too distracting. I know she’s talented and she seems well liked, but I can’t get past it and those reasons don’t exempt her from my refusal to support CoS–because supporting a celeb member is supporting CoS.

    The premiere episode of S2 of Leah and Mike Rinder’s show was gut wrenching. She’s going for the jugular, and good on her. A well deserved Emmy nomination, as far as I’m concerned.

  17. Luca76 says:

    My guess is Scientology has never shown its underbelly to
    her. She was brainwashed as a child and then has been a successful actress so many of the rules don’t apply to her. I
    love her as an actress and the way I see it TC is worse because he’s made himself the face of the religion, he used slave labor of Sea Org, he actively participated in alienating his children with NK, and he seems to have abandoned Suri. EM hasn’t been associated with any of the abuses of the church so far so just like Remini jumped ship maybe in the future she will also.

  18. yyu says:

    Hypocrite. And quite obtuse.

  19. Talie says:

    She kept this little factoid about herself hidden for a long, long time…probably because she was never written about as much as January, Jon and Christina during Mad Men’s run. MM was a show concerned with aesthetics, so naturally the media focused on the most beautiful cast members. But Handmaid’s Tale was always going to bust this wide open. I wouldn’t be surprised if it affected her Emmy chances.

    • Wren33 says:

      I never watched Mad Men, but I knew she was a Scientologist. Maybe it wasn’t well known though…

  20. SM says:

    Yeah I’m with majority of pps commenting here. She may be a good acctress and her professionalism calls to act against someone her “religion” lables as an evil but let’s not fool ourselves. Scirntology is not a religion but a cult she is agrown woman and the fact that she was raised in the cult does not make ot ok that now that she is all grown up and independant and successful she keeps supporting the cult. Just like Woody Allen may be a good director (I would hate his movies even if I could complitely distance my self from the info what a pervert made them, but that is a question of taste). But despite that he deserves to be called out for a perve that he is. So Moss, being a good actor still needs to be called out for being a willing participant in a cult that suppreses women for example. The issue so dear to her as she says. Either she is a hypocrite or she lives in an ignorance bubble.
    P.S. her so called answer to that question is a non answer really. Not sure worth any attention at all.

  21. Diego says:

    I’m sorry but how is CoS different from any other church? Look at the shit Jehovah witness do and tell me it’s any better. I don’t see that much prejudice against them for example. It’s hypocritical to me that she must be criticized for what she believes

    • Gisele says:

      Other churches don’t put up hate websites, directed at people who speak out. Scientology has family and supposed friends of people, make videos calling them liars and bad people. Even people who say they were abused as children, get hate websites put up about them. Now most of the people in the videos are clearly lying and look like hostages, so it’s clear they are under duress themselves, but they are still doing it to avoid being declared an SP themselves and losing everyone and everything. Name one other church that does that? Other churches don’t have people followed by private investigators for years. Other churches don’t have 8 year olds, separated form their parents, working 100 hour work weeks and being paid zero, because they are classified as “youth ministers”. Other churches don’t demand that parishioners disconnect from a family member or friend who questions what’s going on in the church. Other religions can actually tell you what they believe. Scientologists can’t because they themselves don’t even get the source materials until they’ve spent years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to climb the Bridge. Jehovah’s Witnesses are also considered cult like and get flack constantly, so that argument doesn’t fly. Elizabeth Moss can “believe” anything she wants, but refusing to speak out about Scientology and it’s cruel and abusive practices, when they is so much evidence, is the problem. Not whether she believes in Xenu and LRH.

    • nicegirl says:

      I have not heard of any alleged abuses within the JW as a group.

      • Diego1 says:

        Just because you never heard of doesn’t mean it don’t exists. JW are encouraged to exclude people that are not in their religion, even if is family. They also won’t allow blood transfusions which is absurd

      • pinetree13 says:

        Yeah Jehovah Witnesses are also a cult. I don’t know why people are afraid to say that.

        That doesn’t mean Scientology doesn’t deserve criticism. It just means JW should get criticized too which you rarely hear of.

    • poorlittlerichgirl says:

      Diego, you made this comment earlier. You’re a member of COS. We get it. Get out now before you lose it all.

    • Mannori says:

      Diego, you poor thing you. When a celebrity belonging to any other religion or organization comes out defending and fighting for their wrong doings then be sure we’ll talk about them give our opinions about it. Now, today, is about Elisabeth Moss and Scientology. Are you able to talk about that or you’re just going to keep pointing how bad are all other religions?

  22. ash says:

    honestly….. almost every religion has done dastardly thing…like europeans in the name of christianity literally raped, pillaged, enslaved, and stole land from people literal genocide.

    but we jump on CoS. i personally think religion is silly and ridiculous mostly CoS (cult or watev) is included in on that. But you can have good people in everything and she seems like a great person

    So i say that to say EMOSS Im still a fan

    • Diego2 says:

      True. People are so fast to slam CoS and anyone involved. They forget that crishtians do bad things all the time. There are church’s trying to cure homosexuality and I don’t see people outraged about it

      • Gisele says:

        You don’t see people outraged about churches trying to pray away the gay? Where do you live? Under a rock? People are extremely outraged by that practice. I’m getting a strong Sci bot vibe from you. Scientology isn’t like other religions. It has all of the tenets of a cult. People don’t have to escape from the Lutheran church. Sea Org members have to climb over fences covered with razor wire on the inside to make a break from Gold Base. What church locks their parishioners in? None of them. That’s what cults do.

      • H says:

        Read Going Clear, or perhaps The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, about how Scientologitsts tried to destroy (and get arrested) Paulette Cooper. Or just Google Lisa McPherson. She’s dead because of CoS.

        Stop trying to spread a false equivalence between JW and Scientology, or we’ll think you’re a CoS troll. Waves hi to the Helmet and Clearwater Scientologitsts! 🖐

      • Scout says:

        Hi David Miscaviage!

    • rahrahroey says:


    • LAK says:

      Ash and diego are using co$ talking points to deflect. I am willing to bet they are co$bots because their talking points are textbook co$ defence talking points

      Go to Tony Ortega’s blog at the village voice and he explains the co$ defense talking points.

      1. Point out the ergregious ways other religions have misbehaved. Bonus points if you can mention the catholics, or the spanish inquisition. JW is a new tactic, but i guess it’s all soup to them.
      2. Keep repeating point 1 no matter rebuttals.
      3. And always attack, attack, attack. Do not address any points brought up by the rebuttals or op-ed.

      It’s textbook.

      • Scout says:


      • paranormalgirl says:

        Completely. First thing I thought when Diego continued posting the same thing several times in this thread. COS think they’re so much smarter than the average bear, but in reality, not so much.

      • pinetree13 says:

        Fascinating! Thanks for the explanation LAK.

        Although on a shallow level I agree….all religions should be criticized. I just don’t get the argument of “other religions do bad things too so NONE OF US should be criticized” that they’re trying to say. That’s just illogical.

      • LAK says:

        Pinetree13: Absolutely other religions should be critized, but beware a co$ discussion that begins…’ X religion is / has done worse therefore don’t critise’. That’s a co$bot tell. They never discuss any points one might bring up about co$ nor do they address any points you might want to argue raised by their response.

        Look at Diego’s responses throughout this thread. Textbook co$bot.

        They used to bring up the catholics all the time as the X religion, but i guess they’ve switched to JW to fox us.

        And if you were in any doubt, the anti- drugs / psychiatry comments on top of ‘ X religion is much worse’ are the clincher because as we know co$ is against all drugs and psychiatry.

  23. Luca76 says:

    Anyone who’s equivocating Scientology with other religions should watch Going Clear, Leah Remini’s show etc on Scientology specifically or look into the research and criteria that differentiates cults from religious groups.
    This isn’t to say that many religions aren’t guilty of abuse or disregard their victims but Scientology isn’t a religion it’s a cult.

  24. CharlieBouquet says:

    If you aren’t seeing the outrage, you’re not paying attention. Said a wise woman recently. The I was raised that way has been the excuse for racism, sexism etc. As an adult you have to own who you are and stop blaming mom and dad for it IMO

    • Diego3 says:

      The same way CoS speak against psychiatry and other medical treatments, JWs are not aloud to make blood transfusions

      The same way CoS pray on people for their money, evangelical church pastors are billionaires

      The same way CoS cover up crimes the Catholic Church does the same. Just watch the new Netflix series about a true story of a nun who dared to raise questions

      Should I go on?

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Waiting for the next talking point…

        Jump, little cos bunny, jump. You’re really not making enough people angry to fulfill your duties.

      • Luca76 says:

        There is a legal definition of a cult if you are actually interested in the differences. The biggest ones are although there have been great abuses by churches They don’t hold people against their will and ask people to sign billion year contracts for instance. Yes JV Catholic Church are guilty of great evils but they aren’t cults.

      • graymatters says:

        You might have a better chance of impressing people with your intellect if you could spell correctly. That said, your arguments are also specious.

      • Luca76 says:

        You sound like a very levelheaded and sweet person. I was writing on an iPhone so yes there were typos.

      • Gisele says:

        You’re really trying hard, aren’t you? I know that you’re not “aloud” to Google anything about Scientology’s abuses, but they aren’t a religion. They are a cult. They claim to be the fastest growing religion on the planet with 10 million members but the actual number is closer to 40,000 and dropping. Opening new buildings that sit empty, doesn’t mean growth. Said cult makes parishioners sign contracts that state they can never sue or prosecute Scientology or another Scientologist. Scientology makes parishioners sign a contract saying that Scientology can remove them from a medical facility if they are having a psychotic break or other mental health issue. No other religion vilifies mental health professionals either. COB can try and try but you Sci-bots are fighting a losing battle.

      • graymatters says:

        Luca76, I was responding to Diego3. I’m sorry for the confusion. I agree with your post.

        I don’t usually comment on a poster’s spelling or grammar because English isn’t everyone’s mother tongue and — phones. I probably shouldn’t have said anything today, either.

      • tealily says:

        Yes, as graymatters says, the arguments are specious. However, there is also no shortage of people in the world (or on this blog for that matter) who have problems with those religions as well as the cult of Scientology.

      • pinetree13 says:

        @Luca I would argue JW DOES meet the criteria of a cult. Just try leaving! That is if you never want your friends or family to speak to you again. It’s totally a cult. But other than that I’m with you!

      • magnoliarose says:

        You don’t think you changed anyone’s mind, do you? The COS is losing members and shrinking for a reason.

  25. DiamondGirl says:

    I don’t think she’s a great actress – I think she’s monotone and wooden.

    She doesn’t have the power to refuse to work with Nicole Kidman – if Nicole joined the cast, Moss has to deal with it.

  26. Borgqueen says:

    I love the Handmaiden but I felt maybe this is her way for saying F-U to Scientology. Since Moss was raised in Scientology, she may have alot of family that is in the religion and she doesnt want them cut out of her life if she were to leave. Hey Juliette Lewis was raised in Scientology too. I dont blame 2nd generation scientologist bc its all they know. I blame 1st generation scientologists bc they are the ones that pulls the rest of their family into this cult.

  27. Val says:

    After having read on the DM that story, I went straight to her IG account and made my straighforward comment urging her to “question authority” and educate herself.
    I usually never do this, but she rubbed me the wrong way…and as I watched all Leah Remini’s docu series, I can’t any longer stand artists who support this CULT.

  28. Wow says:

    “That’s actually not true at all about Scientology,” Moss responded. “Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me. The most important things to me probably”

    She answered the question with her own views not Scientology’s.

  29. Penelope says:

    She’s a decent actress but “one the greatest actresses of her generation” is pushing it to say the least.

    And she’s a Scientologist–enough said. Get a clue EM. Your evil cult destroys lives and families.

  30. Elizabeth says:

    The argument that she was raised in Scientology and most likely brainwashed from an early age, thus deserves a bit of sympathy holds zero water. For centuries people were raised in societies where slavery, viewing women as property, etc. were the norm but we dont have sympathy for that train of thought do we? Because regardless of raising, we all have an intrensic knowledge of right and wrong.

    • Sophia's Side eye says:

      I completely agree with you. I expect more from human beings than, “they were just raised that way.” *shrug*

  31. Freddy Spaghetti says:

    I can’t watch anything she’s in because she’s in the same cult as Tom Cruise. She has a great talking game but still, no.

  32. vesper nite says:

    I wonder if Scientology is what ended her marriage so quickly? So sad folks stuck in these cults!

  33. aenflex says:

    Always amazes me, these comments and general distaste for Scientology. Such a nasty CULT.

    Academics rarely use the word cult, it’s been removed from the lexicon. Because most religions, both modern and ancient, fit the definition of ‘cult’, either currently, or at one or more points in their history. This includes all the biggies.

    Scientology is no worse than Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, etc. It is simply younger.

    • Gisele says:

      Scientology isn’t a religion like Islam, judaism or Christianity at all. All of those groups can tell you what they believe in a matter of seconds. Scientologists have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars, and years of their lives, to find out what LRH kept secret in the OT levels. People in the cult write reports on their friends and family if they mention that they are concerned about the practices and then the person reported gets dragged in and interrogated at their own expense. Sea Org members who leave get given a bill for a freeloaders debt when they leave. This can be after working 120 hour weeks for 20 years. For what could they possibly owe? Their cockroach ridden dorm rooms? Their daily rations of rice and beans? The education that those who were brought in by their parents didn’t receive? They follow people around, plant cameras to spy, have drills they follow in order to recapture anyone who leaves Sea Org and consider anyone who leaves the religion an enemy. Younger? Yeah, that’s the only difference. Sure thing Sci-bot.

    • magnoliarose says:

      @Gisele Agreed
      No it isn’t. Why does it amaze you when it has been exposed as a cult.

  34. Gisele says:

    Sort of off topic, but I wonder what kind of medical treatment Tom Cruise is getting after breaking his ankle, trying to do a stunt. Scientologist believe that when you get seriously ill or injured, you’ve pulled it in yourself, by being around SP’s and PTSs. Touch assists and auditing aren’t going to mend his broken bones. He’s an OT 8 and they are supposed to be able to heal themselves. How can the poster boy for the cult explain how he isn’t the super human he pretends to be? I’m sure they’ll find some way to blame Leah Remini for it That seems to be all they do now.

    • Mannori says:

      yes! evil Leah is behind this! LOL

    • kibbles says:

      A broken ankle is a difficult injury to overcome, especially for older people. Sometimes it requires surgery and the insertion of plates and screws. I wonder if Cruise had to go under the knife, or if the injury wasn’t bad enough to warrant that. If his injury did require surgery, there is no doubt in my mind that he is also on medication. He will have to spend the rest of the year bed-ridden, then doing physical therapy and walking with crutches. Production will likely have to be postponed for at least 3 months, and he will have challenges for up to a year with walking without pain, let alone trying to run, jump, and kick for an action film. If he thinks COS is going to cure his injury, he can say good-bye to his action film career for good.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I wonder if he undergoes plastic surgery without anesthesia or injections without some pain meds. He must be made of tough stuff.

  35. I read the handmaidens tale and adored it. I was going to watch the show until I found out she was a Scientologist. Considering she’s expected to pay them for merely existing I would be supporting their wallets by putting money into watching, so no thanks. I won’t be watching either.

  36. kibbles says:

    She lucked out with a once in a lifetime role on Mad Men, but I don’t find her to be one of the best actresses of her generation. That seems to be a bit of an overstatement. Her work on Mad Men opened up a lot of opportunities for her, which now include The Handmaid’s Tale. I have yet to watch the show, but I as many other people whom I have read comments from online, find it ironic that she is on the show and does not see a connection with COS. I never found her to be attractive either.