ORANGE Is the New Black star Laura Prepon revealed she is done with Scientology and insisted “it’s no longer part of my life.”
The 41-year-old explained why she decided to make the decision.
She told People in a new interview: “I’m no longer practicing Scientology. I’ve always been very open-minded, even since I was a child.
“I was raised Catholic and Jewish. I’ve prayed in churches, meditated in temples. I’ve studied Chinese meridian theory. I haven’t practiced Scientology in close to five years and it’s no longer part of my life.”
Laura and her husband, fellow actor Ben Foster – who never practiced the controversial religion – are instead putting their energy elsewhere these days.
The That ’70s Show alum said: “We meditate daily and I’m really liking it, “because it’s something that helps me to hear my own voice and it’s something we can do together.”
She added: “Life is slowly starting to have some semblance of normalcy again,” she says, “so for now, it’s just work, family and trying to get a laugh when we can.”
The famous couple are parents to a 4-year-old daughter and an 11-month-old son.
Laura’s exit from Scientology may come as a surprise, as back in 2015 the actress praised the religion- which Tom Cruise is also a famously part of.
‘IT WAS AMAZING’
She told Scientology magazine Celebrity: “It was amazing, and I felt that finally something was speaking my language. It totally connected with me.
“Pretty soon after that I got onto the Purification Rundown, and I started moving up the Bridge.”
The mother of two also explained to the magazine how Scientology positively impacted her: “In my life, things have become much easier, I’m not affected like I used to be. Things don’t bother me that had before. I don’t react like I did before…”
LEAH REMINI’S EXIT
Laura isn’t the only notable celebrity who has said goodbye to Scientology, as Leah Remini has been openly bashing the religion since leaving in 2013.
The King of Queens alum was raised as a Scientologist from the age of nine after her mother joined the organization, but left after questioning the managing style of the church’s leader, David Miscavige.
In 2015, she published a memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.
She also had a documentary series on A&E, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, which delved into former Scientologists’ experiences since leaving the group.