Leah Remini has made it her mission to expose what she sees as the dangers, hypocrisy, absurdity, and cruelty of Scientology since leaving the church in 2013. By doing so, she joined a growing list of celebrity ex-Scientologists. She has hosted a documentary TV series, written a book, conducted interviews, and held a Reddit AMA, among other things.
As a 30-year member of the church when she left, Remini's October 2015 interview on ABC's 20/20 provided an unprecedented amount of new information. In the interview, she dropped incendiary facts about Scientology, dishing on everything from how she was brought into the church as a child to the secretive organization's relationship with Tom Cruise. Since then, she has only continued to reveal more.
While longtime Scientology critics will understand what Remini is talking about, those new to the behind-the-scenes drama inherent to the church might be shocked. After all, it's not every religion that separates children from parents, charges members hundreds of thousands of dollars to learn basic doctrine, and idolizes celebrities as high priests. But that's reportedly what Scientology does - and Remini isn't afraid of the consequences of telling all.