Elisabeth Moss sat down with The Daily Beast to talk about all of the new projects she has coming out including a film called Her Smell in which she plays a member of an all-female punk band who is “a hair-trigger-tempered hellraiser whose drug-induced mood swings petrify those around her.” Sounds like something meninists will hate. Elisabeth–who is one of the famous Scientologists along with the likes of John Travolta and Kirstie Alley–isn’t really open about it the way others are. With all the Leah Remini exposés on Scientology, Elisabeth got asked about it. She didn’t walk out, surprisingly, but she dodged those questions like a professional. Neo, who? Elisabeth Moss is The One.
Elisabeth of course was expecting to be asked about Scientology during her press tour for a film about a smelly woman, and she came prepared. She was ready to avoid-answer any question by giving a long-winded non-reply.
Here’s one on criticisms of being on a show like The Handmaid’s Tale–about losing control under authoritarian religion–and also being a Scientologist–who’s been accused of keeping people prisoner and forcing abortions:
“Listen, it’s a complicated thing because the things that I believe in… One of the things I believe in is freedom of speech… I believe in people being able to speak their own opinions… The Handmaid’s Tale lines up so perfectly parallel with my own beliefs in freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the things that this country was actually built on.”
I cut that quote down by more than half; that’s how much bullshit she was feeding. Here’s her reply to a question about similarities between issues in the Catholic Church and other religions being similar to those in Scientology:
“Right. It’s funny, there’s two things you’re never supposed to talk about at a dinner—politics or religion—and of course I’m doing The Handmaid’s Tale, which is politics and religion, so it’s a strange situation where you’re going to be asked about these topics. I choose to express myself in my work and my art. I don’t choose to express myself about it in interviews. I don’t choose to talk about not just religion, but my personal life—who I’m dating and that kind of thing. So for me, it’s so hard to unpack in a sound bite or an interview, but I will say that the things that I truly believe in are the things that I’ve mentioned, and I think that they’re very important. I think people should be allowed to talk about what they want to talk about and believe what they want to believe and you can’t take that away—and when you start to take that away, when you start to say ‘you can’t think that,’ ‘you can’t believe that,’ ‘you can’t say that,’ then you get into trouble. Then you get into Gilead. So whatever happens, I’m never going to take away your right to talk about something or believe something, and you can’t take away mine.”
Someone call Miss South Carolina from Miss Teen USA because your shitty answer just got beat. That I left uncut, I wanted you to feel her breadth of non-answering. And she’s got one more. When asked about the anti-LGBTQ history of Scientology she replied:
“Which is not where I stand. It’s like, it’s a lot to get into and unpack that I can’t do. But that is not my bag. I am obviously a huge feminist and huge supporter of the LGBTQ community… To me, it’s a huge reason why I love doing the show. That’s all I can say. I can’t speak to what other people believe, I can’t speak to what other people’s experiences have been. That’s where I stand and the only place I can speak from is my own.”
So there you have it. Elisabeth can only speak for herself by saying that she can’t explain it. Perfect. I’m starting to see Elisabeth clearer now. Just like with any religion, Elisabeth isn’t prescribing to the bad parts of Scientology, like the alleged abuse, forced abortions, etcetera; only the good parts. Like the telekinesis and immortality.