Leah Remini talks Scientology departure in '20/20' preview

"You start to lose touch with the real world," the actress said of her experience.
By Annie Martin  |  Oct. 26, 2015 at 3:55 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Leah Remini recently discussed her departure from Scientology with ABC series 20/20.

The 45-year-old actress opened up about her experience with the controversial religion in an interview scheduled to air Thursday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET.

"The decision to leave is you are giving up everything you've worked for your whole life," the star said in a preview. "As time goes on, you start to lose touch with the real world. The mindset becomes 'us against them.'"

"Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself," she added of the actor and high-profile church member. "You're [considered] evil."

Remini joined the church at age 9, and has been openly critical of the religion since leaving Scientology in 2013. The actress will elaborate on her experience in her forthcoming memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, out Nov. 3.

"It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini continues to rewrite history and exploit her former religion in a pathetic attempt to get ratings for her cable show and seem relevant again," the church said of the actress to People last year.

Remini is best known for playing Carrie Heffernan on CBS sitcom King of Queens, and served as a guest co-host on Dancing with the Stars seasons 19 and 21. She stars on TLC reality series Leah Remini: It's All Relative, which completed a second season in September.

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