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Elisabeth Moss, Scientology celebrity


Current lifetime: Born July 24, 1982 in Los Angeles
Most famous for: Six-time Emmy-nominated run as Peggy Olson on Mad Men, 2007-2015, and an acting Emmy for The Handmaid’s Tale, 2017
Joined Scientology: Raised in it, born to Scientologist musicians Ron and Linda Moss
Fun Scientology completion: Grade III Expanded, 1999

Elisabeth shattering suppression: “There isn’t really any dogma or scripture, yes or no, right or wrong on that particular subject [homosexuality] in my church.”

The child of Scientologists, actress Elisabeth Moss may have the hottest career of any Scientologist in Hollywood at the moment. But it was her success as the lead in Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale that made Moss’s involvement in the church something of a media obsession. How could a Scientologist portray the victim of a totalitarian cult like that described in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel?

We suspect she may actually take those questions seriously, and so it may pay off to keep asking them. Says our Celebrity Centre source: “Her mother is not really totally involved in the church. In fact, both of her parents are iffy. And Elisabeth is on the front lines with the public, and is around non-Scientologists a lot. If the right conditions came about, she’d be more likely to leave than others.”


May 19, 2017: Elisabeth Moss in this week’s ‘Handmaid’ sure sounded like FBI testimony about Scientology

Sep 18, 2017: Moss wins Emmy for portraying totalitarian cult victim and doesn’t care what you think about it


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