Scientology is using international stars to lure in new recruits - 2019-01-27
The subtitle of Tom Cruise's last "Mission: Impossible" movie, "Fallout," could also describe the current state of Scientology.
The church, which still maintains a flock of A-list adherents including Cruise, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley, is at a crossroads. Hollywood members, who for decades brought in mega-star wattage as well as mega-bucks, are aging, and yet there's no new lifeblood coming through the ranks. When was the last time you heard of a famous Scientologist under 36 years old?
That's the age of "The Handmaid's Tale" star Elisabeth Moss, who grew up in the faith. As did Gen X actors Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi and Danny Masterson, and musician Beck. But, "The second generation celebrities tend to . . . have less to prove" and therefore aren't as active, according to Tony Ortega, author of "Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L. Ron Hubbard's Dangerous Religion."