Leah Remini

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Leah Remini is an actor, producer, and #1 New York Times bestselling author. A fixture on television since the age of eighteen, Remini is best known for her beloved role of Carrie on the nine-season hit The King of Queens. Remini went on to produce and star in one of the earliest and most successful comedic web series, In the Motherhood, and appeared in the movie Old School alongside Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn. In 2010, Remini helped launch and co-hosted the first season of the CBS daytime hit show The Talk, and in 2013 she was seen on the dance floor in Dancing with the Stars. She currently co-stars in the TV Land comedy The Exes and TLC’s reality show Leah Remini: It’s All Relative, which she also created and executive produces. Remini ...more

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Leah Remini I think religion can be beautiful and comforting. It’s when it cuts you off from learning and accepting other people’s beliefs that you can run into…moreI think religion can be beautiful and comforting. It’s when it cuts you off from learning and accepting other people’s beliefs that you can run into trouble.(less)
Leah Remini We all seem to connect at one point or another. There is a myriad of emotions you go through when you first leave a cult-like environment, a bad…moreWe all seem to connect at one point or another. There is a myriad of emotions you go through when you first leave a cult-like environment, a bad relationship, or anything toxic and damaging to your life; first you feel lost, wondering if you did the right thing, then angry (mostly at yourself), then sad. You lost a whole group who thought and spoke the same language. You left behind an idea that you were working toward something.

What I feel most members need is a new group and healing, as there is currently no support group for former Scientologists. Scientologists believe that calling yourself a victim of anything is the worst possible thing you can do. That way, if anything bad happens to you, you believe it’s your fault—which is part of the teachings.

It’s not one thing, it’s many things that can take a lifetime to overcome. But first and foremost is to educate yourself about the outside perspective on the group you were in. Get help and heal your pain.

What I want to do is work to help others to get back on their feet and provide a safe haven for people breaking ties with Scientology. Those who are in the Sea Org (the clergy) usually have very little money (pay is often as little as twenty-five dollars a week), little formal education, no friends outside Scientology, often no family support, and no pension, so it’s not easy.

Many parishioners have no group. The only support they may find is another ex-Scientologist who is gracious enough to help them. (less)
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“If there is one thing I can brag about and be proud of in my life, it’s my dedication to friendship. If I call you a friend, I mean it. You are now on par with being a family member. Friendships are not made overnight; it takes time, effort, and energy. For me, friendships are tested not in the best of times, but in the worst of times. You don’t always get a second chance to be there for someone when they really need you. So when I say I will be there, I mean it.”
Leah Remini, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

“By their actions, they will show you who they are.”
Leah Remini, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

“There is no “right” way to be. I am flawed and imperfect, but am uniquely me. I don’t fit in and probably never will. And I don’t have to try to anymore. That other person was a lie. And let’s face it, normal is boring. We all have something to offer the world in some way, but by not being our authentic selves, we are robbing the world of something different, something special.”
Leah Remini, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

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