Since premiering earlier this year, The Handmaid’s Tale has sparked countless discussions and had a lot of people asking a lot of questions, namely about its lead star Elisabeth Moss and her relationship with Scientology.
For years, it has been on the record that Moss was raised as and still is a practicing Scientologist, but it’s also a point that the actress almost never discusses publicly. Something that didn’t really matter all that much until she starred as Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale and embarked upon a role that is hugely at odds with the beliefs of the Church of Scientology.
Earlier this week, though, Moss finally put the question to bed when an Instagram user named moleybanks commented on one of Moss's recent posts, "Love this adaptation so much. Question though, does it make you think twice about Scientology? Gilead and Scientology both believe that all outside sources (aka news) are wrong and evil... it's just very interesting."
In response, Moss wrote, "That's actually not true at all about Scientology. Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding and truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me. The most important things to me probably. And so Gilead and THT hit me on a very personal level. Thanks for the interesting question!!"
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Unsurprisingly, Moss' response supports the official public message of Scientology as a welcoming faith that is a positive force for good and inclusivity in the world, a statement that is widely criticised by those that take issue with The Church of Scientology.
Despite Moss' claims that she doesn't see a conflicting relationship between the beliefs of Scientology and those celebrated by Gilead - both based on the right of man to rise to greater heights than women - it's not exactly hard to understand why the question has been asked so many times since the show first aired, of Moss and The Handmaid's Tale author, Margaret Atwood.
Last Handmaids Tale season 1 event until the Emmys! Thank you for coming out everyone last night, your love and support of the show means more to us than I'll ever be able to express in words. Truly. And now we get to go work on bringing you season 2!!! Which by the way is going to blow your minds...????#handmaidstale ???? @ladygraypix
Why the award winning actress decided to address the question now, though, is still a mystery to us all. But hey, another day, another The Handmaid's Tale questioned answered.
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