There are plenty of Scientologist actors, like Tom Cruise - but who are the famous Scientologists who have left the organization? This list contains information about famous ex-Scientologists, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several prominent figures in Hollywood were once members of the Church of Scientology. Some of these celebrities were raised as Scientologists, while other stars joined later in life, before ultimately deciding to leave.
Who is the most famous former Scientologist? Nicole Kidman was a member of the Church of Scientology when she was married to Tom Cruise from 1990-2001. She has since been labeled as Roman Catholic. Cruise's ex-wives Katie Holmes and Mimi Rogers also left Scientology.
Author Neil Gaiman was raised in the Church of Scientology, but he no longer believes in organized religion. When asked about the existence of God, Gaiman said, "I don't know, I think there's probably a 50/50 chance. It doesn't really matter to me."
Some people leaving Scientology do it quietly, while others are happy to document their experiences, like Leah Remini. She discussed the process in her documentary, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. Read more about celebrities who have left the Church of Scientology below.
- Photo: Jason Meritt / Getty Images
Laura Prepon stopped practicing Scientology five years ago, the Orange Is the New Black actress revealed to People in August 2021.
“I’m no longer practicing Scientology. I’ve always been very open-minded, even since I was a child. I was raised Catholic and Jewish. I’ve prayed in churches, meditated in temples. I’ve studied Chinese meridian theory. I haven’t practiced Scientology in close to five years and it’s no longer part of my life," she told People. Now, she's more into meditating with her husband, fellow actor Ben Foster, she said, adding, “We meditate daily, and I’m really liking it, because it’s something that helps me to hear my own voice and it’s something we can do together."
- Photo: Patrick Riviere via Getty Images/AFP via Getty Images / Shutterstock
Nicole Kidman was a member of the Church of Scientology when she was married to Tom Cruise from 1990-2001. She has since been labeled as Roman Catholic.
(Source 1, 2)
- Photo: s_bukley / Shutterstock
Katie Holmes was a member of the Church of Scientology when she was married to Tom Cruise from 2006-2012. After the couple divorced, she returned to the Catholic Church.
- Photo: Featureflash / Shutterstock
Jerry Seinfeld is quoted as saying that he dabbled in Scientology during his 20s.