Elisabeth Moss Denies Her Religion, Scientology, Is Like Gilead

The Handmaid's Tale

We’re fairly in love with Elisabeth Moss as an actress. Her turns in ‘Mad Men’, ‘Top Of The Lake’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ were nothing short of spectacular. Her beliefs in scientology? Slightly more questionable (in our opinion).

Moss issued a strong response to one follower who posted a comment on her Instagram photograph asking whether staring in ‘The Handmaid’s Tail’ made her “think twice” about the controversial religion.

@moelybanks wrote: “Both Gilead and Scientology both believe that all outside sources (aka news) are wrong or evil… it’s just very interesting. ”


Moss is well known for keeping her beliefs private, so many were surprised she decided to write back, saying “that’s actually not true at all about Scientology.”

“Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me. The most important things to me probably.”

Because of her these beliefs, she said “Gilead and THT hit me on a very personal level. Thanks for the interesting question!”

Far from the usual celebrity route into the religion, based on the writings of 50s sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard, Moss has been a scientologist from birth, raised in the doctrine by her practicing parents.

Her character in the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Offred, lives in a state called Gilead, ruled by strict religious and patriarchal protocol that is anti-LGBT and sees women only as vessels for reproduction.

Meanwhile, the Church of Scientology has long been rumoured to operate in a suppressive and hostile environment, based on the alleged homophobic writings of Hubbard. Louis Theroux’s docu-film on Scientology, largely based around the narratives of ex-communicated former members of the church, appeared to back theories of control, including harassment and retaliation by current members towards those who are thought to be critical of Scientology.

An interesting question indeed.

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