She’s been a vocal critic of the church since departing in 2012.
Actress Leah Remini, 45, says Tom Cruise’s wedding to Katie Holmes in 2006 marked the beginning of the end of her devotion to the religion.
Even before the wedding, Remini described in her controversial 20/20 interview, on Friday, she was concerned about Cruise being a representative of the Church.
“I was saying that I didn’t think he was becoming of Scientologists, jumping on couches, and attacking Matt Lauer, to attacking Brooke Shields,” Remini explained.
“What the hell is this guy doing? We need to rein it in. We need to stop all this. And he just needs to be an actor.”
Watch Remini discuss Scientology on 20/20 here… Post continues after video.
Remini was raised in the Church of Scientology and spent 30 years and millions of dollars following its decrees.
However, at the wedding of Scientology’s highest-profile follower in an Italian castle, Remini began to notice that something was awry.
The New York Post obtained a copy of Remini’s new book Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. She recounts how at a celebrity-heavy rehearsal dinner before the wedding baby Suri Cruise, then seven months old, could be heard wailing loudly from somewhere beyond the dining room.
After five minutes, Remini followed the sound of the baby’s cries and found three women staring at Suri, who was lying on the floor of the bathroom.
She says the women were looking at the child as if she were Scientology founder “L. Ron Hubbard incarnate”.
She says she finally convinced the women to pick the baby up and feed her.
Remini says the Church also asked her to invite her best friend Jennifer Lopez to the wedding, along with her then-husband Marc Anthony.