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Erika Christensen, Scientology celebrity


Current lifetime: Born August 19, 1982 in Seattle
Most famous for: Memorable roles in 2000’s Traffic, 2002’s Swimfan, and TV’s Parenthood
Joined Scientology: Raised in it by her parents Steven and Kathy Christensen
Fun Scientology completion: OT 3, 2013

Erika shattering suppression: “We worship rabbits. I don’t actually know how many people think that, but I had someone ask me that.”

Erika Christensen made a splash early in her life with her appearance in 2000’s Traffic, and she followed it up with years of television work. She grew up in Scientology, and she’s been a little more outspoken about it than other younger church celebs. She’s also gone up the “Bridge” into the OT levels, which is not common for celebrity second-generation Scientologists. But our Celebrity Centre source says that there’s still a slight chance that she might be on the edge.

“Erika is tied to CCHR pretty closely, which could keep her in — CCHR is one of the biggest glues that keeps celebrities in,” says our source, referring to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, Scientology’s unhinged front group that agitates against psychiatry. “On the other hand, Erika doesn’t appear to be friends with that many other Scientologists. And other than CCHR, I don’t think that there’s a lot that holds her in Scientology.”

Our favorite Christensen video…



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