Laura Prepon is a busy actress who will soon be seen on the second season of the hit Netflix series, Orange Is the New Black, which premieres on June 6.
But, sadly, it seems that the only thing people want to talk about these days is whether or not the actress is dating a certain movie star known as Tom Cruise. SheKnows spoke exclusively to Prepon and gave her the opportunity to clear the air about the rumors currently running rampant around Hollywood.
The rumor about Prepon and Cruise seems to mostly be based on the fact that the two are both Scientologists. Prepon is used to fielding questions about her religion.
“The thing that sucks is that there’s so much false data because people are in mystery as to what Scientology is, so they just kind of make up stuff,” Prepon said. “It’s kind of unfortunate because then I have to be like, ‘No, that’s actually not what’s happening.'”
Another common misconception is that Scientologists are automatically anti-gay, a rumor that Prepon also wanted to put to rest.
“You know, in terms of portraying a lesbian on the show, I am a huge supporter of the LGBT community. I’m going to the GLAAD Awards in a few weeks. I went to the human rights campaign. I flew up to San Francisco and did this whole thing and I won this award [for] being a straight woman portraying a gay woman on camera. I’m a total supporter of the LGBT and they are an amazing fan base.”
Prepon doesn’t understand the need for people to create information about her life, especially when it conflicts with her own beliefs.
“It’s just so funny that, when people don’t know, they just make stuff up, [like], apparently I’m dating Tom Cruise right now. And apparently he doesn’t want me doing the show because I portray a lesbian and I’m a Scientologist. This is false; where are they even getting this stuff? It’s unbelievable to me.”
According to Prepon, there can be a bright side to all the false information: Such as when you get to show people a different side of the story.
“People who first meet me don’t know about Scientology at all — and I’m always willing to talk to whoever about it — but it’s funny because, on numerous occasions, they were like, ‘I had no idea what Scientology was, but working with you and seeing how you conduct yourself and how you acknowledge people and you’re such a professional.’
“They’re like, ‘Whatever you’re doing with Scientology, it’s amazing.’ And, ‘If Scientology helps you be like that, then we’re all about it,'” Prepon added.
“So I honestly try to be, you know… setting an example is the wrong way to say it, but being a good person.”
Be sure to catch Prepon in Orange Is the New Black Season 1 on DVD/Blu-ray, which will be released on May 13 and includes never-before-seen behind-the-scenes content.
Also, be sure to look out for the second part of our interview with Laura Prepon coming soon and see what she has to say about Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black.