Elisabeth Moss addresses her Scientology beliefs: 'It's a complicated thing'

USA Today/April 9, 2019

By Bryan Alexander

Elisabeth Moss doesn't like to talk to the media about the Church of Scientology.

"I don’t choose to express myself about it in interviews," Moss said about her religious beliefs during a discuss with the Daily Beast published Monday. "For me, it’s so hard to unpack in a sound bite or an interview."

But when pressed on how her feminist characters in "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Mad Men" might be at odds or align with her Scientologist faith, Moss, 36, spoke out, calling her beliefs "a complicated thing." 

"It’s funny, there’s two things you’re never supposed to talk about at a dinner — politics or religion," said Moss. "And of course I’m doing 'The Handmaid’s Tale,' which is politics and religion, so it’s a strange situation where you’re going to be asked about these topics."

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The actress said she has strong core beliefs in freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

"So whatever happens, I’m never going to take away your right to talk about something or believe something, and you can’t take away mine," said Moss.

Moss showed strong disagreement with the church's alleged anti-LGBTQ stance, saying it is "not where I stand."

"That is not my bag," she said. "I am obviously a huge feminist and huge supporter of the LGBTQ community and believe so strongly — I can’t even tell you — in people being able to do what they want to do, to love who they want to love, to be the person that they want to be — whoever that is."

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