There are many other facets to a celebrity’s life other than what you see on-screen or read about them. In their personal lives, celebrities come from all walks of life and have varied personal beliefs. Their religious beliefs are something personal to them, so fans are not always aware of their favorite celebrity’s religious stance. One religion that is followed by some high-profile people is Scientology. Scientology is a religion that was invented in the early 1950s by American author L. Ron Hubbard. The religion has been a source of controversy, with some claiming it is a cult and others calling it a business. Despite the negativity, there are many celebrities that follow this faith. Here are the 20 most famous Scientology celebrities.
20. Jason Dohring
Jason Dohring is a second-generation Scientologist, as he is the son of Scientologist and multimillionaire Doug Dohring. The actor, known for his role in ‘Veronica Mars,’ believes that the misconceptions about Scientology come from people not learning about the religion and basing their opinions on the false beliefs of others. Dohring claims that this religion has helped him to become successful, and he is involved in promoting Scientology. The actor is married to Lauren Kutner, with whom he has four children.
19. Anne Archer
Anne Archer is best known for her role in ‘Fatal Attraction,’ for which she was nominated for an Oscar. She is also known for roles in films such as ‘Paradise Alley,’ ‘Patriot Games,’ ‘Raise the Titanic,’ ‘Short Cuts,’ ‘Lullaby,’ and ‘Clear and Present Danger.’ Archer was originally a Christian Scientist but joined the Church of Scientology in 1975 during her first marriage, from which she has a son. She has since said it has become a meaningful part of her life. Archer remarried in 1979 and had a second son five years later.
18. Alanna Masterson
Actress Alanna Masterson is the sister of fellow actors and Scientologists Christian and Danny Masterson. Like them, she was raised as a Scientologist. However, Scientology has caused a divide in the family. Their father, Joe Reaiche, said that it splintered the family and made him a suppressive person. Reaiche also claims that his children were brainwashed by the religion into cutting him out of their lives. Alanna Masterson is best known for playing Tara Chambler in the series ‘The Walking Dead.’ The actress gave birth to a daughter, Marlowe, in 2015, although she is no longer with her daughter’s father.
17. Doug E. Fresh
Doug E. Fresh became a Scientologist during the 1980s. His former girlfriend, radio personality Miss Jones, was working with the late Isaac Hayes, who was also a Scientologist. It was through Hayes that Doug E. Fresh found the religion. The rapper claims that he was fascinated by this religion from the start and says it took him to look at things rather than to judge. The Barbadian-born rapper, beatboxer, and record producer has released five studio albums. In his personal life, Fresh has six sons, two of whom are in the hip-hop group Square off that Fresh manages.
16. Bijou Phillips
Bijou Phillips is married to Danny Masterson, who is also a Scientologist. They met at a Las Vegas poker tournament in 2004 and married in a castle in Ireland in 2011. In 2014, the couple welcomed a daughter, Fianna Francis Masterson. Phillips is an actress, model, and singer. She is known for roles in films including ‘Hostel: Part II,’ ‘I’d Rather Eat Glass,’ ‘Almost Famous,’ ‘Choke,’ and ‘The Door in the Floor.’ She is also known for playing Lucy Carlyle on the series ‘Raising Hope’ from 2010 to 2013.
15. Christopher Masterson
Like his brother and sister, Danny and Alanna, Christopher Masterson is a Scientologist, and he was brought up in this religion from birth. He was once in a relationship with fellow Scientologist Laura Prepon, who was also his brother’s co-star in ‘That 70s Show.’ However, he is now married to actress Yolanda Pecoraro, and their daughter, Chiara, was born in April 2021. Christopher Masterson is best known for playing Malcolm’s older brother Francis in the sitcom ‘Malcolm in the Middle.’ He has also had roles in films such as ‘Scary Movie 2,’ ‘Intellectual Property,’ ‘Made for Each Other,’ and ‘Waterborne.’
14. Greta Van Susteren
Both Greta Van Susteren and her husband are Scientologists, and she has said she is a strong advocate of the religion’s ethics. Van Susteren is a commentator, lawyer, and former television news anchor for MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN. She is known for hosting ‘For the Record with Greta’ and ‘On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren.
13. Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes became a Scientologist after she began a relationship with actor Tom Cruise, who she married in 2006. The former couple had a daughter together, Suri, before divorcing in 2012. Holmes is an actress, director, and producer who is known for her roles in films including ‘Logan Lucky,’ ‘Miss Meadows,’ ‘Woman in Gold,’ ‘Touched with Fire,’ ‘Jack and Jill,’ ‘Mad Money,’ and ‘Batman Begins.’
12. Catherine Bell
Actress Catherine Bell is known for roles in series including ‘Army Wives’ and ‘JAG.’ She is also known for playing Cassie Nightingale in Hallmark’s ‘The Good Witch’ television series and films. Bell was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended an all-girls Catholic school. She didn’t become a Scientologist until adulthood and has been open about achieving the state of Clear. Since converting to the faith, Bell has supported various programs run or supported by the religion.
11. Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley is listed by Ranker as a celebrity follower of Scientology. The former ‘Cheers’ star first became a Scientologist in 1979. At the time, she was suffering from a substance use disorder, and the actress claims this religion helped her to overcome these issues. Over the years, Alley has defended the religion on many occasions. However, Alley has also come under fire for allegedly spreading misinformation regarding psychiatric drugs, which is a topic that Scientology is passionate about.
10. Giovanni Ribisi
Giovanni Ribisi was born into a family of Scientologists, so he is a lifelong follower of the religion. The actor claims that Scientology has given him confidence and certainty, so he can work towards his goals and communicate well with anyone. Giovanni Ribisi is known for roles in films such as ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West,’ ‘Avatar,’ and ‘Lost in Translation. He is also known for his roles in television series including ‘My Name Is Earl,’ ‘Friends,’ ‘The Wonder Years,’ and ‘Sneaky Pete.’ Ribisi was married to actress Mariah O’Brien from 1997 until 2001, and they have one daughter, Lucia, together. He also has twins Maude and Enzo with his girlfriend, Emily Ward. Ribisi is also a twin, and his twin sister, Marissa, is also a Scientologist, as is her ex-husband, musician Beck.
9. Erika Christensen
Erika Christensen is an actress known for her roles in ‘Traffic,’ ‘Ten Days in the Valley,’ and ‘Parenthood.’ According to US Magazine, Christensen says that the faith has helped her as an actress, as it aids her to focus on communication. She also says that it gives her focus to see people as spiritual beings. Erika Christensen has been married to cyclist Cole Maness since 2015, and they have two daughters together. The family lives in Palm Springs, California.
8. Juliette Lewis
Actress Juliette Lewis is a lifelong Scientologists, as she was raised in the religion by her father, actor Geoffrey Lewis. Along with other high-profile celebrities, including Tom Cruise, Juliette Lewis has spoken out about the pharmaceutical companies and how they control mainstream media. She has said that Scientology is anti-drug and that this religion teaches you the simple basics of how to live better, such as seeking better communications and relationship tools. The actress also says that prior to joining the religion, she felt despair and anxiety that has since been alleviated by achieving the state of Clear.
7. Danny Masterson
Former ‘That 70s Show’ star Danny Masterson is another actor who has defended Scientology and has explained that it is simply a recognition of the two parts of your mind. One part of the mind is analytical, and the other is reactive. Scientology teaches followers of the religion to question their actions and not allow the reactive side of the mind to take over. Masterson is married to Bijou Phillips, and they have one daughter together. In addition to his role in ‘That 70s Show,’ Masterson is also known for playing Jameson ‘Rooster’ Bennett in ‘The Ranch’ from 2016 to2018. Masterson is married to actress Bijou Phillips, with whom he has a daughter.
6. Nancy Cartwright
One of the most long-standing celebrity Scientologists is Nancy Cartwright, who is best known as the voice of Bart Simpson. Not only is she a firm believer in the religion, but she is also a major donor, says Marie Claire. In 2007, the voice actress was awarded the status of Patron Laureate because her donations to the religion had totaled more than $10 million. Cartwright was married to author Warren Murphy until his death in 2002, and they had two children together.
5. Jenna Elfman
Jenna Elfman is best known for playing Dharma in ‘Dharma and Greg’ and June in ‘Fear the Walking Dead.’ The actress has been a Scientologist for three decades. She has spoken about the positive impact this religion has had on her life, including benefiting her marriage and helping her to balance her acting career with spending time with her family. Elfman also claims her religion has helped to keep her happy and energized.
4. Laura Prepon
In the past, Scientology has faced criticism for not being inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community. It was for this reason that Prepon’s fans were so surprised when the famous Scientologist took on the role of a lesbian inmate in ‘Orange Is the New Black.’ Prepon has defended Scientology, saying that it is a misconception that the religion discriminates against the LGBTQ+ community. Prepon is known for her roles in films such as ‘Come Early Morning,’ ‘Lay the Favorite,’ ‘The Hero,’ and ‘The Girl on the Train.’
3. Elisabeth Moss
Best Life Online lists Elisabeth Moss as one of the most famous Scientology celebrities. While many celebrities have chosen the religion later in life, Elisabeth Moss was raised in Scientology. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ star has faced criticism for following this religion, including people comparing the religion to the controlling government in the series in which she stars. Moss has defended her religious beliefs and said that Scientology is often misunderstood.
2. John Travolta
Along with Tm Cruise, John Travolta is probably one of the most famous celebrity Scientologists. The actor first joined the Church of Scientology in 1975, and the religion’s website lists him as one of the most successful Scientologists. Travolta has previously claimed that being a Scientologist has been a big part of his success. Until her death in 2020, Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston was also a Scientologist. John Travolta is known for his roles in films including ‘Grease,’ ‘Hairspray,’ ‘Pup Fiction,’ ‘Saturday Night Fever,’ ‘Get Shorty,’ ‘and ‘Primary Colors.’
1. Tom Cruise
According to ABC News, one of the most famous Scientology celebrities is Tom Cruise. The actor first became involved in the religion in the 1980s during his first marriage to Mimi Rogers. Although the couple divorced in 1990, Cruise continued to practice Scientology. He has since been married to two other women. He married Nicole Kidman in 1990, the Katie Homes in 2006. Both his second and third wives joined the religion following their marriage to Cruise. Tom Cruise’s films include ‘Top Gun,’ ‘Rain Man,’ ‘Cocktail,’ ‘The Firm,’ ‘A Few Good Men,’ ‘Jerry Maguire,’ and the ‘Mission: Impossible’ series of films.
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