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Actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini appeared as a guest on Real Time With Bill Maher on Friday to discuss her activism aimed at shedding a light on the cult and those who are victimized by it. Her A&E docuseries Scientology and the Aftermath explores how Scientology preys on people and what they are taught to believe, as well as why people are afraid to leave Scientology or speak out against it.

When Remini was explaining to Maher the rigorous studying that Scientology requires (she mentioned studying for at least two hours per day), Maher questioned whether or not A-list Scientology celebrities like Tom Cruise or John Travolta had to do the same. "Yes," Remini replied. She went on to explain that while certain rules are bent for him, which has led to claims of hypocrisy, that he does dedicate as much time to Scientology as other members of the group. "He could single-handedly end this," Maher said, meaning the entire existence of Scientology. "He could end this," she agreed.

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But the twist is that Scientology makes its believers feel like they are also single-handedly responsible for saving the planet, so that they don't want to leave, and Tom Cruise is their poster child for that belief. Remini explains: "Because they are saying he single-handedly is clearing the planet, is changing the planet, so most Scientologists believe."

Remini's work offers humanization of the victims of Scientology where often our culture paints the cult as a joke, and the interview gives just a small glance at what she explains in more depth in her docuseries. You can watch the interview here:

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