Scientology loses another outlet for attracting young acting talent in Hollywood - 2017-12-03
In 2014, friend to the Underground Bunker and Chicago Fire actor Christian Stolte convinced SAG-AFTRA, the actors' union, to stop taking ads from Scientology. And now, Rod Keller catches up with Steven Mango, who has picked up that baton.
Steven Mango is on a mission to help fellow actors avoid the trap he fell into when he was recruited into Scientology. In 2009 Mango answered an ad in Backstage magazine for a seminar for aspiring actors with actor Gino Montesinos. Montesinos is a Scientologist, and the seminars at the Celebrity Center in Hollywood appeal to the thousands who come to Los Angeles seeking fame. Now Mango's mission is to convince the entertainment industry not to accept ads for those seminars, and he has recently succeeded with Actors Access.
Scientology's fixation dates back to 1955 when founder L. Ron Hubbard announced Project Celebrity in which Scientologists were to receive a celebrity "quarry" to be hunted and recruited into the group. The top movie stars and artists of the day were targeted then, but today the Celebrity Center in Hollywood targets those who haven't had their big break yet. They are promised help with finding an agent or manager, access to directors, producers and writers. But the goal for Scientology is not to help aspiring actors, it is to recruit new members.