Juliette Lewis gets 'conspiratorial' about Scientology

Sep 22, 2014 at 4:07 p.m. ET
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Scientology is always a source of controversy in the media and for the celebrities who are members of the church. However, longtime member Juliette Lewis is turning the tables on the media to give the religion a second thought.

In a new interview with The Daily Beast, the August: Osage County star talked about the real issue with Scientology from her point of view: It's not the religion that's the problem, it's the media.

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She shared, "I'll get all conspiratorial on you, and I'm just going to throw this out: The mainstream media is funded by pharmaceutical companies, so when you have the biggest movie star in the world at the time — Tom Cruise — coming out against anti-depressants and Ritalin and just saying, 'Hey, why don't you put a warning label on there?' The thing about Scientology is it is anti-drug in that you're seeking relationship or communication tools — simple basics on how to live better. So, when Tom came out about that, I've never seen someone get torn down so hard, and they still brutalize him with Scientology pieces to this day."

Lewis went on to defend the controversial church, which she claims helped her with her own drug addiction years ago. She summed up, "It's a religious philosophy and self-help movement. And you'll never see a truthful word written about it in mainstream media."

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Members of the church are often defending the religion because their beliefs straddle psychology, religion and spiritual beings called thetans. It makes the extraterrestrial culture one hard to fathom for many traditional churchgoers.

Yet Hollywood stars like Cruise, Lewis, Kirstie Alley and John Travolta remain deeply rooted in the religion. Other stars like Leah Remini, Paul Haggis and Katie Holmes left the church over disputes with how the organization was run.

For now, the controversy continues.