Elisabeth Moss has opened up about being a Scientologist in a new interview with The Daily Beast.
Some fans may still be surprised to find out that she is a devout member of the controversial church, since she’s played many “feminist characters” - like her character in The Handmaid’s Tale.
Moss identifies as a “huge feminist and supporter of the LGBT community," but says she finds many parallels between the show and her own beliefs.
Former member Leah Remini has said that Scientologists are taught to be distrustful of news and the media, and even with founder L. Ron Hubbard having a history of being anti-LGBT, Moss says that she believes in freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion (“the things that this country was actually built on").
She admits that her beliefs as a Scientologist are “a lot to unpack” in interviews, and she doesn't usually discuss them very much for that reason.
When it comes to The Handmaid's Tale, Moss says it often “lines up so perfectly” with her own beliefs.
“I should hope that people educate themselves and form their own opinions, as I have,” she adds. “When you start to say, ‘you can’t think that,’ ‘you can’t believe that,’ then you get into trouble. Then you get into Gilead.”