It’s so depressing when it emerges that people you admire are Scientologists.
It’s like when I found out that Elmo was a sex pest, or that Milli Vanilli weren’t really singing.
Orange is the New Black star Laura Prepon, 35, has given a jargon-filled interview to Celebrity magazine, an official Scientology publication.
This is because she is a longtime Scientology devotee and credits the “religion” with her current Zen-like state.
“So when I first got into Scientology, I did Personal Values and Integrity and then Overcoming Ups and Downs in Life…
“Pretty soon after that I got onto the Purification Rundown, and I started moving up the Bridge,” she told Celebrity, via Defamer.
In case you don’t know what the Bridge is, allow Scientology.org to enlighten you:
“Man, in his religious tradition, has long imagined a bridge across the chasm between where one is now and a higher plateau of existence. Unfortunately, many of those attempting to cross the chasm fell into the abyss.”
Not anymore though, thanks to science-fiction writer and noted pathological liar L. Ron Hubbard!
“Employing this metaphor, the Classification, Gradation and Awareness Chart represents, in fact, the bridge which spans the chasm and brings one to the higher plateau. This is the vision Man has cherished for at least ten thousand years, and it is now attainable by following the steps as laid out on the chart.”
Clear now? Great.
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Prepon says Scientology has really helped her in her role as Alex Vause on Orange is the New Black.
“I feel a lot of the auditing I’ve had helps me to be willing to go there and be free and vulnerable and really jump into these scenes wholeheartedly.”
Which sounds kind of exactly like what actors do, to me. Actors act in scenes, it’s their job. It’s probably not necessary to be “audited” in order to do it properly.
From Prepon’s longwinded and effusive praise of Scientology, it sounds like what she’s really getting out of it is some much-needed counselling.
“I’ve had a lot of amazing auditing, but I must say that New Era Dianetics has been some of the best. My wins were so huge, they’re hard to even describe. In a recent session I spotted a decision I made that had been affecting me at scuh a deep level, and for so long – I cried and laughed for quite a while when I found that one,” she told Celebrity.
A psychiatrist, or a psychologist, or a therapist of any stripe, can help you talk out your issues. The difference is, they won’t record your most personal revelations and use them against you if you ever do something they don’t like.
Would it surprise you to know that Prepon is the author of a new book called The Stash Plan that promises to rid you of “pesky” cellulite through its combination of ancient dietary wisdom and the latest science?
“The Stash Plan gives readers the key to literally heal themselves from the inside out and start living the life they’ve always wanted,” apparently.
Curiouser and curiouser!
Towards the end of the interview, Prepon says some fairly normal things, but then totally ruins it with more Scientology-speak that makes her sound completely insane.
“Another realization I had in auditing is that there is a bigger picture. This is my career but it does not define me. I am so much bigger than this career and industry,” she said. Sure, you are not your job. It’s good to remember that.
But then… “It’s my job and it’s very important to me, but, when I have huge wins in session, and when you really cognite that you are a thetan and you have a mind and a body, and that the MEST universe does not control you – it puts things into perspective.”
It sure does, Laura. It sure does.
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