Although Scientology has gotten a lot of flack from the public — including being called a cult that is overly concerned with money — it’s still appealing to some big-name celebrities. The following have remained faithful to the religion — if in fact it is a religion. Here are 17 celebrities you didn’t know were still Scientologists.
The “Orange is the New Black” actress has been a Scientologist since 1999. Rumors were flying after the release of the show’s Season 2 that Prepon’s role was smaller because the church of Scientology looks down upon the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, but Prepon says that is not true.
“Seven Pounds” actor Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith are both members of the church of Scientology and in 2008 donated $70,000 to church-affiliated groups, including the World Literacy Crusade and the ABLE International (Association for Better Living & Education).
The “Dharma and Greg” star has been very active in the Scientology community. She has been quoted saying some things that have gotten her religion a bad rap, including alleged claims by the church that AIDS is “a state of mind, not a disease.”
Nancy Cartwright — the voice of Bart Simpson on “The Simpsons” — has been a large promoter of the religion, reportedly giving the church $10 million in 2007 to help spread its word.
The actor from “The Other Sister” is a longtime Scientologist, and even introduced Brad Pitt to the religion while the two were dating. Pitt went through the church’s detox program, known as Purification Rundown. Lewis has also said in a VanityFair.com article that she is a Christian, as well as being a Scientologist and that Scientology is “progressive” because it allows members to be a part of other religions simultaneously.
A “My Name Is Earl” cast member, Suplee has spoken in interviews about reaching “The State of Clear”—a state of mind to which Scientologists aspire. Suplee said that reaching that state helped him go after the things he wants without standing in his own way.
Musician Beck grew up around Scientology, with his father introducing him to the religion. Beck suggested in an interview that the religion is just another way to handle issues—like yoga or meditation—and he said that there are all sorts of people in the religion, like “warlike people…peace-loving people, there’s just people trying to make a buck…”
The “Army Wives” actress has been a Scientologist since the early ’90s. Bell’s husband is also a scientologist, and Bell says that the religion has helped her gain more confidence and helped her in her acting career.
The “My Name is Earl” actor has been a member of the church of Scientology for more than a decade, and even introduced his ex-wife, Carmen Llywelyn—an actor—to the religion. Carmen said the religion ruined her marriage, and that she has been harassed by the church since leaving Lee.
Rumors are buzzing that “Mad Men” actor Elisabeth Moss may be dating Tom Cruise, a known Scientologist. Sources close to the actors said the church of Scientology would be pleased to see two famous members of their church romantically involved. Moss has been quoted saying she respects the “focus on the empowerment and sort of respecting yourself” that the religion encourages.
The former “Cheers” star confirmed in 2015 on the Howard Stern Show that she’d recently reached the OT-7 level in the Church of Scientology’s hierarchy. The OT-7 level reportedly means you no longer possess any behaviors that you don’t want.
The “Fatal Attraction” actress has been a member of the Church of Scientology since 1975 and served as a spokeswoman for the church’s literacy training program Applied Scholastics for several years.
The actress from the series “Parenthood” has been a Scientologist her entire life. The actress recently defended the religion in a Huffington Post interview, and says she plans on introducing her children into the religion one day.
The “Avatar” star has been a member of the Church of Scientology his entire life. Ribisi told Marc Maron, a former member of the church, that he is more of a “passive” Scientologist and not a fanatic.
The “Raising Hope” actress is married to “That ‘70s show” actor Danny Masterson. Both are scientologists. The actress has spoken out against psychiatry at Scientology events and controversially told depressed people to “Get over it.”
The famous rock n’ roll bass player who has worked with David Lee Roth, has been a member of the Church of Scientology since 1971. Sheehan has said he doesn’t know where he would be without the religion, saying that it helps “the worst possible dilemmas evaporate” because of it.
The actor from “Maverick” has said of the religion, “The wins that I’ve had with Scientology coincide directly with the rise in my career. It’s hard to pick out any one specific piece of tech, suffice it to say that I as an artist was surrounded with nonsurvival considerations, actions and valences – all of my own making. Through my use of Scientology technology I have eradicated most of these things and continue to eradicate them, giving me more freedom and intention to create into the future. And, by the by, a great deal more altitude, a more inclusive point from which to view life – past, present and future.”