Elisabeth Moss is a talented actress who’s been in a number of quality projects (Mad Men, Top Of The Lake, that earnest yet somehow sensual Excedrin Migraine commercial). But talented people can have faults. Like being cultists! Elisabeth’s a big-time follower of what happened when L. Ron Hubbard obviously bet a pal he could make millions by starting his own wacky religion. She’s way dedicated. Hence, her reportedly bouncing from the room when Scientology Suppressive Personality #1 Leah Remini won a Television Critics Award earlier this month.
Page Six reports that Elisabeth was slightly more open to a civilian asking questions about the more fascistic elements of Scientology on Instagram. Elisabeth’s gotten raves for her performance in HULU’s The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s the series based on Margaret Atwood’s novel about a future where women are treated like brood mares. So basically it’s a story about the Duggars taking over. One of her IG followers asked about similarities between Scientology and The Handmaid’s Tale.
“Love this adaptation so much,” the fan commented on one of Moss’ recent Instagram photos. “Question though, does it make you think twice about Scientology? Gilead and Scientology both believe that all outside sources (aka news) are wrong and evil…it’s just very interesting.”
Elisabeth couldn’t exactly sneer up at the podium and haughtily flounce out of the banquet room here. So she answered with a riff about how Scientology is basically the It’s A Small World ride of religions.
“That’s actually not true at all about Scientology. 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.”
Gilead is the fictional fascist country that’s the setting of The Handmaid’s Tale. This acknowledgment that she’s aware of her Thetans is rare for Elisabeth. Normally when she’s asked about it, like when Vulture asked her about it back in 2014, her answer goes something like this:
“I’m not going to talk about it anymore. I said what it meant to me, and anyone can go and look at that if they want to know what I feel. But now it’s private, off limits.”
I can’t blame her. Who wouldn’t want to keep it quiet? It’s a scary deal. It’s bad enough that Scientologists can end up imprisoned on cruise ships or allowed to die in awful places like Florida. But then you gotta pay homage to Tom Cruise. Nope!