Elisabeth Moss Defends Scientology

Apparently, it's not the same as a near-future totalitarian government
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2017 10:08 AM CDT
Elisabeth Moss: Scientology Not Like The Handmaid's Tale
This image released by Hulu shows Elisabeth Moss as Offred in a scene from, "The Handmaid's Tale."   (George Kraychyk/Hulu via AP)

Elisabeth Moss had "probably the politest response" possible to a fan comparing her religion to a totalitarian regime in a near-future dystopia, Vulture reports. According to the Guardian, a fan on the actress' Instagram account asked her if starring in The Handmaid's Tale had made her "think twice about Scientology." The fan claimed both Giliead, the setting of The Handmaid's Tale, and Scientology "believe that all outside sources (aka news) are wrong or evil … it’s just very interesting." Moss, who was raised in Scientology, has been extremely reluctant to discuss her religion in the past but, for whatever reason, decided to respond in this instance.

“That’s actually not true at all about Scientology," Moss responded. She went on to say religious freedom and equal rights for all are "the most important things to me probably," adding, "Thanks for the interesting question!" But HuffPost reports Moss' answer was disingenuous, at least according to Scientology defectors, including actress Lea Remini, who says the church discourages Scientologists from even using the internet. And it doesn't seem like the Instagram commenter totally bought Moss' answer, responding, “Thank you for taking the time to try and explain a little. Either way, you do you and imma do me and if that makes us happy I supposed that’s all that matters.” Indeed. (More Elisabeth Moss stories.)

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