Elisabeth Moss has spoken out in a rare defence of her belief in Scientology.
She was raised a Scientologist from childhood, has come under criticism for her following of the religion.
It also clashes with the themes of oppression in The Handmaid’s Tale.
“Listen, it’s a complicated thing because the things that I believe in, I can only speak to my personal experience and my personal beliefs. One of the things I believe in is freedom of speech,”
“I believe we as humans should be able to critique things. I believe in freedom of the press. I believe in people being able to speak their own opinions. I don’t ever want to take that away from anybody, because that actually is very important to me."
“At the same time, I should hope that people educate themselves for themselves and form their own opinion, as I have. The things that I believe in personally, for me, The Handmaid’s Tale, and the ability to do something that is artistically fulfilling but is also personally fulfilling, I’ve never had that."
About the anti-LGBT stance of many writings of Scientology.
“Which is not where I stand. It’s like, it’s a lot to get into and unpack that I can’t do. But that is not my bag,”
“I am obviously a huge feminist and huge supporter of the LGBTQ community and believe so strongly – I can’t even tell you – in people being able to do what they want to do, to love who they want to love, to be the person that they want to be – whoever that is. To me, it’s a huge reason why I love doing the show."
“That’s all I can say. I can’t speak to what other people believe, I can’t speak to what other people’s experiences have been. That’s where I stand and the only place I can speak from is my own.”source