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Tom Cruise is the Church of Scientology’s most prominent member. His devotion to the religion allegedly caused his split from Katie Holmes. Proponents of Scientology say it’s an empowering way to live. Critics say it’s a cult which uses the money and power of its members to exert power.
But there are many people in Hollywood who openly practice L. Ron Hubbard‘s teachings of auditing and the prophet Xenu.
From Mad Men to the Simpsons, see who practices Scientology.
Indie goddess Bijou Phillips, most recently known for her role on 'Raising Hope,' is daughter of the 'Mamas and Papas' singer John Phillips.
She's dating Danny Masterson and the two frequently go to Scientology events together.
Masterson is best-known for his role on 'That '70's Show.' He defended Tom Cruise for the actor's leaked Scientology video back in 2008.
In an interview with Paper Magazine in 2009 he explained the religion as follows:
'The definition of Scientology is 'the study of knowledge,'' said Masterson. 'Obviously, the more knowledge you have in a given field, such as life, the more confident you are as a person.'
The iconic rapper said in 2009 he was a follower of Scientology and told Essence magazine he was the first hip hop artist to do so.
He went on to tell the magazine it's something we all need to try out.
'It is not just for White people. Scientology is not written with disrespect toward God,' said Fresh. 'It doesn't worship something that is evil. It is scientific, mathematical, and spiritual. The Black community has to check it out and see what's there. I'm not saying it's for everyone, but you have to take a look.'
Cartwright is the voice of Bart Simpson on the classic animated show. She said in this YouTube video that the religion makes her want to become god.
In 2009, she recorded a call using Bart's voice to encourage people to attend a Scientology event in Los Angeles. The recording was only meant to be heard by Scientologists.
The 'Due Date' actress explained why Scientologists can celebrate Christmas to Vanity Fair.
'I think there's so much confusion because people don't understand a religion where you can be another religion but you can still practice Scientology,' said Lewis. 'That's why it's completely progressive. It's just tools for living.'
Currently Lewis appears in TV series 'The Firm' and recently won the Webby for Best Actress of the Year for her appearance in 'Sh*t Girls Say.'
The acclaimed musician was raised as a Scientologist and continues to practice.
rumours suggested one of his 2009 concerts supported a Scientologist-affiliated program, Educating Children International.
Beck came to the religion's defence claiming it helps addicts resolve their addictions:
'There's whole aspects (of Scientology) that you probably don't see,' said Beck. 'They have the success rate of getting hardcore addicts off drugs, 90-something per cent maybe.'
Travolta has practiced Scientology since 1975, when he was given one of L. Ron Hubbard's books.
Actor Josh Brolin, told US Magazine he once witnessed Travolta aiding a then-injured Marlon Brando at an L.A. dinner.
'I watched this process going on -- it was very physical,' said Brolin. 'I was thinking, 'This is really f---ing bizarre! ... After 10 minutes, Brando opens his eyes and says, 'That really helped. I actually feel different!''
The comedian told Parade he studied the religion 30 years ago and credited it with making him more funny.
'I wasn't a natural performer at all, so I learned ... understanding that really helped me on stage to understand how you have to invade the space of the audience a little bit,' said Seinfeld. '... It was a very helpful thing to learn. You have to invade them just a little bit. Not too much, because then it's obnoxious. But you can't be short of them either, or you won't control them.'
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