Since leaving the Church of Scientology in 2013, Leah Remini has opened up about her lifelong relationship with the religion and her decision to leave it behind. Now she's going deeper than she ever has before with her new tell-all, Troublemaker.
The book goes into great detail not only about the meaningful role Scientology once played in her life, but the pros and cons of becoming one of the organization's elite members, alongside celebrities like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kirstie Alley.
"All Scientologists are expected to present an image to the outside world that is so perfect and happy that people can't help but want to join," she writes. "If you are a celebrity, your reach is that much greater. And celebrities are expected to use the full extent of their power to bring new parishioners into the fold."
And no celebrity has been more inextricably linked to Scientology than Cruise, who pops up more than a few times throughout Troublemaker.
From the internal reaction to his memorable Oprah Winfrey Show appearance to his 2007 wedding to Katie Holmes, these are the most noteworthy Cruise-related passages from Remini's new book.
1. Allegedly a $1 million donation put Remini on Cruise's radar.
2. Allegedly she refused to play hide-and-seek with Cruise and Will Smith.
3. Allegedly Cruise freaked out over cookie dough.
4. Allegedly the church felt the couch-jumping incident was a good thing.
5. Allegedly Cruise wanted Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony at his wedding...even though they weren't friends.
6. Allegedly "The wedding of the century” was used by the church to get attention.
Remini quickly realized Cruise and Holmes’s wedding meant much more to the Church of Scientology. “Tom and Katie’s wedding was now being regarded as ‘official church business,’” she writes.
One fact that clued her in to this was the presence of Brooke Shields, who Cruise had quite publicly feuded with after his Today appearance, at the wedding.
“The church, in a very calculating way, could point to this photo or that photo and say Posh and Becks or Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are associating themselves with this wedding, and therefore with Scientology,” Remini writes. “It was a smart way of legitimizing the church to the public and an attempt to recover from the bad PR of recent years. It also promoted the illusion of ‘look how powerful Scientology is in this business.’”
And that is a major misconception, according to Remini. “Many people [are] under the impression that there are tons of Scientologists in the film and television business and that we all help each other out,” she writes. “The real truth is that while the church would like you to believe it wields a tremendous amount of influence in Hollywood — that is simply not the case. I knew of one minor casting director who was a Scientologist, but other than that, no real movers and shakers. As a matter of fact, I think identifying myself publicly as a Scientologist probably hurt my career more than it helped it as far as perception was concerned.”
7. Allegedly Remini found Suri Cruise crying on the bathroom floor.
8. Allegedly Isabella Cruise had some damning words about her mother.
9. Nicole Kidman helped Leah Remini through her dark days.
When asked for a response to the claims in Remini's book, a representative for the Church of Scientology pointed BuzzFeed News to this statement, which reads, in part: "Leah Remini knows the truth she conveniently rewrites in her revisionist history. The real story is that she desperately tried to remain a Scientologist in 2013, knowing full well she was on the verge of being expelled for refusing to abide by the high level of ethics and decency Scientologists are expected to maintain. Her repeated ethical lapses and callous treatment of others led to an ecclesiastical review which resulted in her being expelled."
BuzzFeed News reached out to Cruise's lawyer and publicist for a response to Remini's claims in Troublemaker. There was no immediate response.
When reached by BuzzFeed News, a representative for Holmes had no comment.
Claudia Rosenbaum contributed to this report.