Former “King of Queens” star Leah Remini is no stranger to calling out the controversial Church of Scientology.
According to earlier reports, the 47-year-old actress was deeply involved in Scientology from a young age, until she abruptly decided to leave in 2013 due to disagreements with the church.
Remini now has her own television series on A&E about the church’s wrongdoings, called “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” where she gives voice to those victimized by the controversial religion.
She’s also outspoken about Scientology’s powerful effect on the Hollywood elite.
Remini recently called out fellow actress and “The Handmaid’s Tale” star, Elisabeth Moss, for her involvement with the church.
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She told The Hollywood Reporter:
“I don’t hold anything against Elisabeth Moss other than she’s continuing to support a group that is abusive and destroying families. That’s for her to learn — just as I needed to learn it.”
Now, Remini is revealing new startling information about the church’s attempts to get her to recruit one of her very own co-stars — Kevin James.Maury Phillips Archive/Getty Images
Remini told People that she was pressured by Scientologists to convert the “King of Queens” actor, who she worked with for more than nine years.
She told People:
“They always tried to get me to, [asking] ‘Why is he not in? Why have you not promoted it to him?’ I was like, ‘Because he’s Catholic. He doesn’t want anything to do with it.”
The actress said that the church eventually stopped asking her when they realized she wasn’t going to budge out of respect for James’s religion. Remini told People:
“They let it go after a while, but usually you’d be expected to recruit, especially with somebody you work with for nine years.”
The “King of Queens” star also said that she’s no longer afraid to speak out against Scientology. No matter what, she said she’s standing strong in the face of adversity. She told People:
“If they’re going to come for me, they’re going to come. I’m not afraid of it. I think it’s disgusting, and the more they do it, the more they expose who they really are … I would like to be the face of resistance to abuse.”
Remini’s Scientology docu-series has now been nominated for an Emmy, so it looks like the Church of Scientology isn’t bringing her down quite yet.