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“People who know me know I have a very big mouth, and I’ve been that way since I was a kid,” Leah Remini told The Hollywood Reporter while discussing her series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, on THR’s Reality TV Roundtable.
“I never want to give the business, the organization of Scientology the idea that anybody’s scared of them,” she said of the docuseries‘ subject.
“This is about showing the actual practices dictated by this policy of Scientology that demands for people to be destroyed. That’s what we’re talking about. You can believe in whatever you want to believe in. You want to be a scientologist? That’s great,” said Remini, “but don’t deny these are the practices of it that are hurting people.”
“Everybody on my team told me not to,” said Remini of making the reality series. “They want me to be an actress, they want me to do what I love to do. Acting is something that I love to do, but this is my passion. They don’t want me to be known as someone who does a show about Scientology, but what am I going to do? Not do it?”
More roundtables featuring comedy and drama actresses, actors, showrunners and reality creators will continue through July in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting May 25 on Sundance TV, and look for clips at THR.com/topic/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.
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