The popularity of The Church of Scientology among Hollywood's elite has rendered it a controversial topic and easy target for tabloids. The religion, as created by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, certainly has enriched our understanding of Tom Cruise and John Travolta's many eccentricities. Yet the duo aren't the only celebrities whose lives revolve around Thetas and the creation myth of Xenu. Here are 15 celebrities you may not know are practicing Scientologists.
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Despite being raised a Methodist, former Cheers star Kirstie Alley is a practicing Scientologist. The actress has credited the religion with helping her kick a major cocaine habit. As such she currently owns a mansion in Clear Water, Florida-- home of the religion’s base of operations.
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The Simpsons voice actress Nancy Cartwright joined the Church of Scientology in the late 80s, leaving behind her upbringing as a follower of the Roman Catholic faith. At the time, the actress was suffering depression from not being in a committed relationship. Her inquiries into the faith began as a means of finding a better half, but she would eventually be touched by a writing of L. Ron Hubbard’s detailing the sorrow of loss. With this connection to his teachings, Cartwright entered into the religion. In 2007 she donated $10 million to the organization and received Scientology’s Patron Laureate award.
The Fatal Attraction star entered into the religion with husband Terry Jastrow in 1975. In 1982 the actress was a spokeswoman for the religion’s literacy program, Applied Scholastics. She kept this role for five years. Archer and Jastrow’s son, Tommy Davis, currently heads up the organization’s Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles.
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Jenna Elfman has long been connected to the Church of Scientology. She was converted following her marriage to actor Bodhi Elfman in1995. The actress is a staunch defender of her religion, crediting it as a major contribution to her thriving marriage.
Jazz trumpeter and film composer Mark Isham has been a member of the Church of Scientology since 1988. The composer apparently had a heavy feud with Crash filmmaker Paul Haggis following the director's high-profile departure from the religion.
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Juliette Lewis is a Scientologist who is also a Christian. She praised the religion for its progressiveness in a Vanity Fair interview: “It’s just tools for living. It’s about understanding one’s self and others and compassion and how to communicate better and how to live in this troubled society. It’s really basic, common sense stuff." Yet the actress does not practice the religion in the traditional, extraterrestrial oriented fashion that has helped make it so controversial. When asked if her experience followed the belief her descendants came from aliens, Lewis bluntly answered “No.”
Actress and model Bijou Phillips has been one of the most outspoken celebrity proponents of Scientology outside of its Tom Cruise and John Travolta figureheads. She is among the rabble of Scientologists who made headlines in 2009 for criticizing the psychiatric use of drugs to treat depression and other mental illnesses. Bijou was introduced to the religion in 2004 through her now husband, who you’ll find on this list after the jump.
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Actor Danny Masterson married Bijou Phillips in 2011. The That 70s Show star is a second-generation Scientologist, along with his brother Chris (who you may recognize from Malcolm In The Middle).
Danny Masterson’s That 70s Show co-star, Laura Prepon, revealed she was a Scientologist in 2007. Unlike many on this list, Prepon appears to be a less outspoken, volatile defender of the religion. She has been quoted as saying “When I hear something negative, I don’t get defensive. I know what’s true for me and what works for me.”
Ted star Giovanni Ribisi is another second-generation follower of the religion, as is wife Agyness Deyn. His sister is married to another fellow Scientologist and second-generation follower, alternative rocker Beck. Though Ribisi is mostly quiet about his religion, he did attend the opening of the Scientology sponsored Museum Gala “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” in 2005.
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King of Queens star Leah Remini also promoted the Scientology anti-psychiatry Museum Gala. In a CNN interview, the actress labeled those who held prejudices against Scientology based on second-hand accounts as “not smart enough to enter a church” in general.
My Name Is Earl and American History X actor Ethan Suplee joined the religion in the 1990s. Though the actor hasn’t been especially known for promoting the religion publicly, he did appear on the cover of Scientology’s Celebrity Magazine in 2004. His wife, Brandy Lewis, is sister to fellow Scientologist Juliette Lewis.
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Suplee’s My Name Is Earl co-star Jason Lee is also a practicing Scientologist. Earlier this year, his involvement made tabloid headlines when Lee’s ex-wife and former Scientologist, Carmen Llywelyn, blamed the religion’s “auditing” process for their split. She would be quoted as saying “… I couldn't imagine being a mature woman... and actually allow it, literally, into my bedroom. The Church goes into your bedroom.”
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Legendary rockstar Edgar Winter joined the religion after recording Mission Earth, a 1986 album featuring words and music by Scientology found L. Ron Hubbard. From 1995 to 2005 he appeared on the cover of Celebrity Magazine seven times.