Actress Leah Remini is opening up about her decision to leave the Church of Scientology.
In an interview with 20/20 airing this Friday, Remini explained that Scientology and Tom Cruise are often indistinguishable.
“Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself… you are evil,” Remini told ABC’s Dan Harris in a new promotional clip from the interview.
Remini, 45, describes how she and her family joined the Church when she was a young girl, built a successful acting career in Hollywood while being a diligent Scientologist, and how she eventually decided to sever ties with the Church.
“As time goes on, you start to lose touch with the real world. The mindset becomes ‘Us against them,’” Remini said. “The decision to leave is you are giving up everything you have ever known and everything you have worked for your whole life.”
Remini also appeared on Good Morning America to discuss her new reality show and the Church’s statement criticizing her. Remini explains that her daughter played a pivotal role in her decision to leave Scientology.