Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.
That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.
Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.
But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a “Suppressive Person,” and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever.
Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.
Leah Remini most well known for her role in Its All Relative a reality tv show that follows both herself and her family, and on King of Queens which had something upwards to two hundred episodes as Carrie, she's also most notably known as the person who spoke out against Scientology. The same time Remini was coming out about Scientology the HBO docu-film "Going Clear" had made its big splash and the controversy between Holmes, Cruise, Remini, and many other members were all doing the he said she said they're lying back and forth accusations. I'm rather disgusted about the entire Scientology thing personally including the fact that Scientology is buying up retail and realty all over the world with their dummy corporations, they're sticking their fingers into the legal and political systems among other things but to each their own.
I figured Troublemaker would mostly be about Remini and her life but as I discovered early on in the book, Scientology was Remini's life. It was a part of her life during its infancy, it was a part of her life when she was a child, it was a part of her life as a teen and all the way through her adulthood. For more than thirty years of her life Scientology took over everything she was, everything she did, was the reason why she lived, breathed, and existed.
She honestly felt that Scientology was the best most logical way of conducting herself and bettering herself as a person and bettering the world by including more people in it.
Remini early on admits her faults from page one and makes no claims to be perfect but also believed early on in the Scientology that LRH had created while he was still alive.
Remini continues through the entire book documenting several of her experiences as the religion and the persons involved in it began to change and she "woke up" so to speak about many situations she had been ignorant to during her involvement with the church.
She goes on to claim that Tom Cruise the churches main celebrity who both he and church treat like Jesus Christ himself has changed the way the church is ran much to Remini's dismay.
Considering on the mental state Cruise has taken on lately both professionally and personally its not hard to see that the guy has clearly lost his rocker since he became a member of the church.
There's a scene in which Remini discusses in her book as an example where Cruise is losing it over baking cookies and is talking to himself so that he doesn't lose his shit in which he states "LRH is here... David is here.. and I am here..." as if he were referring the three of them to the holy trinity. LRH long dead is the man who established the church, David is David Miscavige is the man who has taken LRH's place in the church and Cruise who has formally taken David's place as the basic cofounder of the church now that David has been running things. Cruise has been filmed in interviews with news stations referring to LRH as God and so forth and Remini makes a large example of this in her book and how Cruise lashing out like a child in a tantrum has to get his way or there will be hell to pay and David manipulates things in return so that Tom remains their largest investment. Remini also makes note of this. Most people know why Cruise's agent states that he's no longer allowed to give interviews after his couch jumping episode on Oprah. Cruise is obviously unstable but just how far the rabbit hole he goes is anyone's guess but this and the wedding incident between Cruise and Holmes is the ultimate reason behind why Remini left the church.
Remini makes a few mentions of things that weren't church involved but in the end its the tell all from her perspective from beginning to end. While Remini's stardom was never fully recognized or fully came to fruition I still like her as an actor and I'm still fascinated by the kind of person that she is and I have to give her props for being willing to come out publicly against an institution that's well known for threatening, harassing, stalking its ex members.
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