It’s been two years since Leah Remini said PEACE to the Church of Scientology, but she’s still dealing with all the crap that comes with it.
In a new interview for Oprah Winfrey‘s Where Are They Now?, the King of Queens actress talks about needing to quit for her kid, and how much she got suuuucked into the cult…er, I mean, “religion.” Remini was into it for 30 years and it was ALL-consuming, according to the actress.
“I don’t think people know the amount of dedication it takes to be in this organization,” she shared. “I mean it was every day, three-and-a-half hours minimum, seven days a week usually. You know, I’m working most of my time, and then the other time was spent at the church, so minimal time is really spent with your family.”
The significance of that hit home when she was doing some Scientology coursework one day, and realizing her daughter was like, alone making memories in a swimming pool.
“I was at one of these hotels in Florida, and I saw my daughter swimming for the first time while I’m reading this thing,” she recalled. “And a tear came down my face. And I was like, ‘What am I doing?'”
Uh, being a Scientologist, Leah. Being a frigging Scientologist.
“It was a culmination of things,” she explained of why she left, “but that was a big one in my mind.”
Remini’s exit from Scientology caused quite a stir back in 2013, and she’s still adjusting.
“Our decision to leave the organization — it’s not just something you get over,” she revealed on Where Are They Now? “It’s people and a lifestyle you’ve known all your life. It formed who I am, good and bad. It formed the way I think, good and bad. And so there’s a lot of pain connected to it, there’s a lot of healing. When you are raised in something, and you are taught to think a certain way, a lot of times you grow up thinking, ‘That’s the way I think.’ I’m learning there’s a new world out here, and there shouldn’t be any kind of judgment toward somebody who has a belief system that is not yours.”
(Via Us Weekly)