Parenthood Star Defends Scientology In Interview With Dax Shepard
She also called critics of the controversial religion 'irrelevant'.
Ever since actress Leah Remini left The Church of Scientology after 30 years in 2013 and went on to become its most outspoken critic, it has remained a hot topic in tinsel town.
With Hollywood heavyweights such as Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley among its devoted celebrity followers, actress Erika Christensen has now divulged details about her own experience growing up within the controversial religion.
Speaking to her Parenthood co-star Dax Shepard on his podcast Armchair Expert on Monday, Christensen, 35, said:
“I definitely cannot speak for every Scientologist about anything because everybody has their own beliefs and comes at it from even other religions and all kinds of stuff. However, I don’t believe this is the first time I have lived on this planet and I basically think I’ve probably done absolutely everything before.”
She did reiterate, however, that she was raised in Scientology rather than opting in to it by choice, saying, “It’s funny because I really like to be specific about that too because it’s hard to raise someone as a Scientologist because it’s something that you do, it’s not something that you believe.”
My parents are definitely Scientologists... I can see that in the way that they approached me as a kid and tried to do what I’m doing now as a parent, which is trying to temper absolutely necessary discipline and rules and structure with fostering independent thought and freedom of personality. It has to be true for you. Don’t take anybody’s word for anything ever, basically, without being a cynic or without being some kind of paranoiac. It’s just: What do you have if you don’t have yourself?
When Shepard brought up the documentary Going Clear, which famously exposed the controversial practises within the religion, Christensen seemed to denounce criticisms of the Church.
It honestly doesn't have anything to do with…anything that I've ever learned about the group or organization. To be specific about [Going Clear], if somebody has read a book, read Dianetics or some Scientology book and wants to philosophically tell me what they disagree with, cool. That is a totally different thing.
She added that the film was based on a book, which she also called into question.
“The book was not even published in some English-speaking countries because the libel laws are stricter than they are here... They have proved themselves to be irrelevant…There's no relevance in what they're saying."