As Elisabeth Moss looks forward to possibly winning an Emmy Award next month for her stunning performance in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” she is also facing scrutiny for her lifelong membership in the Church of Scientology.
That scrutiny is a consequence of ramped-up efforts by Leah Remini, a fellow Emmy nominee and ex-Church member, to get the FBI and other federal agencies to investigate the self-fulfillment movement for what Remini alleges are widespread abusive and corrupt practices.
Then again, Moss brought some of that attention on herself this past week, when she reportedly walked out of the room when Remini was accepting an award from the Television Critics Association Saturday in Beverly Hills.
Both women were honored at the event that is a precursor to the Emmys Sept. 17: Moss, 35, for “Handmaid’s Tale” and Remini, 47, for her A&E documentary series “Scientology and the Aftermath,” which investigates the Church and its cult-like activities.
A writer attending the ceremony tweeted about Moss’ unhappiness over Remni’s win, saying “Scientologist Elisabeth Moss left the room while Leah Remini accepted her TCA award. Hope she still heard what Leah said.”
— Ellen Thompson (@EllenFabulous) August 6, 2017
The clash between the actresses escalated Wednesday when the Hollywood Reporter published a profile of Remini, in which she talks being a member of the Church for 34 years before leaving after raising questions about its practices.
Remini also discusses her 2015 tell-all book, “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology,” a New York Times best-seller that details her bitter experiences in the Church. In the interview, she vows that season 2 of her A&E series will expose physical and sexual abuses that she says are widespread in the Church.
Moss’ name came up in the context of the upcoming Emmy Awards. Remini is asked what would happen if she crossed paths with Moss. Remini explains that Moss “believes that she can’t talk to me.”
“She believes that I’m an antisocial personality — because I’ve spoken out against Scientology,” said Remini, who also co-stars with Kevin James in the CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait.”
“So she isn’t allowed to talk to me,” Remini continued. “And me knowing that, I wouldn’t put her in the awkward position.”
But what if, say, the two came face-to-face at the Governors Ball, each carrying a freshly engraved Emmy, Remini was asked. Would Remini congratulate her fellow winner?
“I would, of course,” said Remini. “I don’t hold anything against Elisabeth Moss other than she’s continuing to support a group that is abusive and destroying families. That’s for her to learn — just as I needed to learn it.”
It looks like some people on social media are intent on Moss learning those lessons, with fans commenting on her reported walk-out at the TCA awards.
Fans also noted the “irony” of Moss being in the cult-like Church while starring in a fictional show about a dystopian society that practices religious oppression. Here are some things fans said:
I hope she heard it too! It contradicts everything she’s been promoting this whole time with Handmaids Tale 💔 Women empowerment is possible!
— Stephanie IVU 🦋 (@s_back2luv) August 9, 2017
The irony is she stars in a show about oppression. The sea org members give up their kids just like the Handmaids. Life imitating art!
— Kimberly Bakle (@Indygirl1083) August 6, 2017
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