Emmy Award-winning actress Elisabeth Moss, star of The Handmaid’s Tale and follower of Scientology, said the controversial religion helped her become a “skilled communicator”.
Moss, 39, opened up about being raised as a Scientologist with her brother David and defended the religion in her first full-length interview on the subject in The New Yorker.
“It’s not really a closed religion. It’s a very open place, like welcoming anyone who wants to know more,’ she told the magazine in the April 29 online report.
“I think that’s probably the most misunderstood thing.”
The actress revealed her godfather was longtime Scientologist Chick Corea and how her father, Ron, played in a jazz band with Scientology leader David Miscavige’s father, Ronald.
The ‘Mad Men’ star credited Scientology for teaching her the communication skills she uses in her acting career.
Moss said communication was “probably one of the No. 1 basic things I learned growing up and grew to use and use every day.”
American jazz pianist Chick Corea performs on stage during his concert at the Festival Las Noches del Botanico in Madrid, Spain, 26 July 201
Ron Moss, his English-born father, met Corea, the famous jazz musician and former keyboardist of Miles Davis, at Scientology headquarters in the UK in the 1970s. Ron Moss was a trombonist who performed regularly with Ronald Miscavige.
In 1974, Ron Moss moved to the United States, where he became Corea’s tour manager and eventually managed another famous Scientologist, Isaac Hayes.
Ron Moss said The Birmingham Mail in a 2012 interview, he earned his green card by training as a Scientology minister.
He said in the interview: “I found L Ron Hubbard’s writings amazing and I became a Scientologist at 21. It makes sense to me and it’s a great way to live without traditional religion or dogma. ”
In 1988, Elisabeth Moss appeared in the music video for the song “Eternal Child” by Corea. That same year, Moss, then five years old, was covered in a Los Angeles Times feature film and called a ballet prodigy.
Moss said ‘Clear’ at 11 meaning she was free of traumatic thoughts and unwanted emotions
Moss’s mother, Linda, is mentioned in this piece as a country music composer. There is no mention of Scientology in the article. Ron and Linda Moss have separated after 35 years together. Linda Moss was Ron Moss’ second wife.
the new yorker reports that Moss took the L. Ron Hubbard Key to Life course at age eight and was declared “clear” at age 11.
“Clear” is Scientology language for those who have reached a state where they are no longer bothered by trauma or unwanted emotions.
For years Moss has been represented by Gay Ribisi, the former stepmother of singer-songwriter Beck (pictured)
Ever since she was a dancing prodigy, Moss has had the same manager, fellow Scientologist Gay Ribisi.
Ribisi is the mother of actor Giovanni Ribisi and the former stepmother of musical icon Beck. Beck divorced Ribisi’s daughter, Marissa, in 2021. The New Yorker notes that Beck denied “pursuing” Scientology.
According to The New Yorker, Moss completed a preview of purification in September 2017.
The practice involves exposure to extreme heat for five hours a day for up to four weeks as a means of detoxification.
Moss said of former Scientologist-turned-religion critic Leah Remini: ‘I don’t know her very well, so it’s not like we were friends’
That same year, at the Television Critics Association Awards, Moss was present when former Scientologist Leah Remini won the award for her documentary “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”
As Remini went to collect her prize, Moss left the room. She told The New Yorker that she just needed to use the bathroom and wished “it was more exciting than that.”
Speaking about her relationship with Remini, Moss said: “I’ve never been approached by her. I’ve never had a request to speak to her. So she didn’t get a chance to say that. I don’t don’t know her very well, so it’s not like we’re friends.
Moss told The New Yorker that she doesn’t want her religion to distract from her career.
Moss fired back at those who say Scientology is comparable to totalitarian dictatorship in “The Handmaid’s Take”
Moss sparked the controversy she cursed after winning her Emmy for “The Handmaid’s Tale” in 2017. She told the audience that her mother taught her “that you can be nice and badass.”
Moss said she was “p****d” about subsequent media reports of how the curse is a methodology used by Scientologists to communicate with non-Scientologists. It is known in religion as the “tone scale”.
An Instagram user asked Moss in 2019 if her appearance on “The Handmaid’s Tale” made her think twice about Scientology. The user said, “Gilead and Scientology both believe that all outside sources (i.e. news) are false or evil.”
Moss replied, “That’s actually not true about Scientology at all. Religious freedom and tolerance and an understanding of truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me. Probably the most important things to me. And so Gilead and THT hit me on a very personal level. Thanks for the interesting question!’
Gilead is the totalitarian government in “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
In a 2019 interview with The daily beast, Moss was asked about her opinion on the Church of Scientology’s stance on the LGBTQ community.
Moss dodged the question, saying there was too much to “unpack” in the interview. Moss went on to describe herself as a “great feminist and supporter of the LGBTQ community.”
Tabloid rumors surfaced in 2019 suggesting Moss was set to become Tom Cruise’s wife
During an appearance on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live” in March 2020, Moss was asked about tabloid rumors that she was open to an arranged marriage with Scientology mainstay Tom Cruise.
Moss joked: “I was actually confused and also mostly got text messages from people saying, ‘I didn’t know, why didn’t you tell me? And just the confusion of my friends, but mostly laughing at it because obviously they knew it wasn’t true.”
In terms of real marriages, US Weekly reported in 2011 that Moss had separated from her husband of two years, “SNL” star Fred Armisen, over his religious beliefs.
A source told the magazine at the time, “They were having issues… Her religion was as important to her as their marriage, if not more.” He couldn’t get away with it.
Moss said rumors that her marriage to comedian Fred Armisen ended because of her religious beliefs were ‘made up’
However, in a 2014 interview with New York Magazine, Moss said her marriage to Armisen was “extremely traumatic, awful and horrible”.
She added that the idea that the end of her marriage had anything to do with Scientology was “100% made up”.
During that same interview, Moss declined to talk about Scientology. For his part, Armisen once told Howard Stern in an interview, “I think I was a bad husband, I think I’m a bad boyfriend.”
Moss told The New Yorker in 2022 that she met Armisen in 2008 while guesting in a “Mad Men” skit on “SNL.”
After being asked about Armisen’s comments during an interview with Marc Maron in which Armisen discussed his intimacy issues, Moss said, “I would say, it’s good for him to be open to this. topic. He told Marc Maron more than he told me at the time.