Elisabeth Moss — star of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a show about like, corrupt religion and the patriarchy — is a Scientologist. She rarely if ever talks about it, but she is right now, so let’s get on with it.
Via Instagram, Moss defended her religion from a commenter. The Instagram user noticed the parallels between Scientology and the totalitarian beliefs held by the characters in “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Unfortunately, that user chose the moniker moelybanks. “Love this adaptation so much,” they wrote. “Question though, does it make you think twice about Scientology? Both Gilead and Scientology both believe that all outside sources (aka news) are wrong or evil… it’s just very interesting.”
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
Pretty fair question, considering Scientologists maybe have to sign billion-year contracts, pay thousands of dollars for membership, and follow all the dang rules lest they be labeled a Suppressive Person. Yeah, man. I watched the documentary, “Going Clear.” Obviously, though, Moss disagreed.
That’s actually not true at all about Scientology,” Moss replied, very politely. “Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the 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!”
So polite! Also, such a non-answer.
Anyway, it’s chill. When it comes to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” we’ll still always have hot Max Minghella.