Elisabeth Moss says she's an 'open book' about her connection to Scientology — but doesn't 'want people to be distracted' by it
- Elisabeth Moss opened up about her ties to Scientology in an interview with The New Yorker.
- The actress said she doesn't "want people to be distracted by" her religion while she's on-screen.
Elisabeth Moss opened up about her ties to Scientology in a new interview with The New Yorker's Michael Schulman published Friday.
The 39-year-old actress, who was raised in the Church of Scientology, told the outlet she doesn't want to be seen as secretive about the religion but also doesn't want people to think about it when they watch her perform.
"I don't want to come off as being cagey. If you and I met, just hanging out as friends, I'm, like, an open book about it," Moss said.
She continued: "I don't want people to be distracted by something when they're watching me. I want them to be seeing the character. I feel like, when actors reveal too much of their lives, I'm sometimes watching something and I'm going, Oh, I know that she just broke up with that person, or, I know that she loves to do hot yoga, or whatever it is."
The Church of Scientology has been accused of abuse and exploitation in numerous lawsuits, including several that were filed in 2019, Insider's Michelle Mark reported.
Still, Moss described Scientology as "not really a closed-off religion" and "misunderstood" in the interview, saying the religion is welcome to those who want to know more about it. When asked how viewers can reconcile Moss' religious views with her lead role in the hit show "The Handmaid's Tale," the actress encouraged people to "find out for themselves."
"I've certainly been guilty of reading an article or watching something and taking that as gospel," she said, adding, "And obviously something like religious freedom and resistance against a theocracy is very important to me."
This isn't the first time Moss has publicly defended Scientology, although she has remained mostly quiet about it in the past. In 2017, Moss posted a photo of herself on Instagram at an event for "The Handmaid's Tale." Insider's Amanda Luz Henning Santiago reported at the time that a commenter asked the actress if being on the show made Moss question her Scientologist beliefs.
In response, Moss wrote that working on the show and within its dystopian setting of Gilead hit her on a "very personal level" because she believes in religious freedom, tolerance, and equal rights for everyone.
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