John Travolta on Scientology: "When Something Really Works Well, It Becomes a Target" (Video)
The actor spoke about how his religion has helped him and how he thinks people need to take time to understand it, as Alex Gibney's documentary 'Going Clear' and troubling revelations about the church continue to make headlines.
John Travolta was on Monday's Good Morning America to promote his upcoming film, The Forger. But he also fielded a couple of questions about Scientology, the religion he's been a believer in for more than 40 years, which has been under increased scrutiny recently following the release of Alex Gibney's Going Clear, a documentary outlining troubling revelations about the church.
When asked why there's so much interest in Scientology, a question GMA's Amy Robach prefaced with the fact that Going Clear features former members speaking out and alleging abuse, Travolta said, "Mostly because it's not understood."
"People really need to take time and read a book. You know, that's my advice. You could read A New Slant on Life, you could read Dianetics," he said, citing two by founder L. Ron Hubbard. "And I think if you really read it, you'll understand it, but unless you do, you'll speculate. And I think that's a mistake to do that."
He further defended Scientology as something that has helped him "save lives," including his own, and added that he thinks it's a target because it "really works well."
"Sometimes when something really works well, it becomes a target," he said. "Forty years for me, I've been a part, and I've loved every minute of it. My family has done so well with it. It's been a beautiful thing for me. I've saved lives with it and saved my own life several times. Through my loss of my son, it helped me every step of the way for two years solid, and here I am."
Travolta also talked about his upcoming role as Robert Shapiro in Ryan Murphy's FX anthology American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, noting that in some recent tests, he's been made to look "quite a bit like" the defense attorney.
Watch Travolta's full interview below.