Do You Know if This Celebrity Is a Scientologist?

Teresa McGlothlin

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About This Quiz

After reading about John W. Campbell's theory of Dianetics, L. Ron Hubbard began practicing and preaching the virtues of Scientology in 1952. Formerly a science fiction writer, Hubbard used Dianetics as the basis of the religion. Believing that 1.5 trillion were banished to the earth by an alien warlord named Xenu, Scientology seeks to shed the consciousness of unrecognized memories in order to achieve stages of enlightenment. 

Not only is Scientology a popular religion for many normal people, celebrities seem to flock to it like paparazzi at a red carpet event. As we go through this quiz, we want to find out if you can figure out if the celebrity we present is a Scientologist or not. We will show you 40 pictures of celebrities who may or may not practice L. Ron Hubbard's beliefs. Then, you get to tell us whether or not you believe they are a Scientologist. 

While some of Scientology's more famous faces might be easy for you to answer, we are really going to challenge you with some celebrities you might not expect to be a member of the church. Do you really know as many as you think you do? There's only one way to find out! 

Is this "Top Gun" a member of the Church of Scientology?

After getting to know Scientology through his first wife Mimi Rogers, Tom Cruise joined the church in 1990. Cruise credits the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard for helping him overcome dyslexia.

Is this outspoken celebrity a Scientologist?

Once a devout member of Scientology, Leah Remini became an outspoken critic of the church after her longstanding role on "The King of Queens." Although Remini grew up in the church, she left in 2013. Her experiences in leaving the church were turned into a reality show.

Is this musician's daughter a Scientologist?

Although her father, musician John Phillips, did not raise Bijou Phillips as a Scientologist, she practice the religion with her husband Danny Masterson. She once caused a great deal of controversy by defending the church's position against anti-depressants.

Is this soulful singer a Scientologist?

Actor and singer Isaac Hayes joined the church of Scientology in the late '80s. As a multi-faceted performer, he later lent his voice to a character on "South Park." Rumors insisted that Hayes left the show over an episode that featured Tom Cruise being locked in a closet. Isaac Hayes insists it was for health reasons.

Is this "Natural Born Killer" a Scientologist?

When Juliet Lewis isn't acting or creating music, she is a member of the Church of Scientology. She credits the religion for helping her remain drug-free since she was a teenager.

Is this jazzy-looking musician a Scientologist?

Since 1977, Chick Corea has been a devoted member of the church of Scientology. The composer and jazz musician credits his success to the teaching of the religion.

Does this star get good Dharma from being a Scientologist?

Brought into Scientology by her husband Bohdi, Jenna Elfman joined in 1995. Elfman often plays comedy roles, but she has recently become a main character on AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead."

Is this "Jerry Maguire" star a member of the church?

Kelly Preston was married to John Travolta for many years. She credits the Church of Scientology for empowering her with the tools to cope with the death of the couple's child.

Is this "Lemonade" singer into Scientology?

Although Beyonce was raised in the Methodist church, these days she considers herself to be more spiritual than religious. She was accused of being involved in Scientology in 2014, but she was quick to dispel the Hollywood rumors.

Is this celebrity love child a Scientologist?

As the daughter of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson was destined for stardom. However, she is not a member of the church of Scientology. Instead, she and her mother are practicing Buddhists.

Is this "Party of Five" star all about Scientology?

From "Glee" to "Two and a Half Men," Jennifer Aspen has been on many sets before becoming Daphne on "Party of Five." She and her husband were joined in marriage at a Scientology ceremony surrounded by only 55 fiends and family.

Does this "That '70s Show" star believe in Xenu?

Along with his wife, Bijou Phillips, Danny Masterson is a practicing Scientologist. After leaving "That '70s Show," Masterson went on to do many films and to star in "The Ranch."

Is this handsome star a Scientologist?

Actor Michael Pena joined the Church of Scientology in 2000. During an interview for his new film, "Extinction," Pena gives credit to Scientology for making him a better actor.

Is this artistic director a a Scientologist?

As the daughter of famous director Stanley Kubrick, Vivian Kubrick has also made quite the name for her own directing abilities. As a devout Scientologist, she credits the organization for giving her the vision to come up with the scenes she directs.

Is this actor/pilot into Scientology's teachings?

Along with wife Kelly Preston, John Travolta is a long-time practicing Scientologist. In addition to being a powerful onscreen actor, Travolta enjoys piloting his own small planes in his spare time.

Is this rapper spitting rhymes about Scientology?

Rapper Doug E. Fresh opened up to the public about his involvement with Scientology in 2009. Originally hailing from Barbados, Doug E. Fresh's real name is Douglas Davis.

Is this British-born actress a Scientologist?

Actress Catherine Bell was born in London, but moved to California to pursue her acting career. The "Army Wives" star credits the organization with her success and she has appeared in many Scientology promotional videos.

Is this "The Walking Dead" star a Scientologist?

Alana Masterson joined the cast of "The Walking Dead" in 2015. Although she has been raised in the church, she is currently estranged from her father who claims that the Church of Scientology has brainwashed his daughter.

Does this news anchor follow L. Ron Hubbard's teachings?

When Greta Van Susteren married her husband, she became a member of the church. She is best known for her tough-talking news segments and for anchoring the nightly news.

Is this Simpson's voice a Scientologist?

Best know for voicing Bart Simpson and many more characters from the show, Nancy Cartwright is a long-time member of the Church of Scientology. She has often defended the church's position and she's donated over $10 million to the cause.

Did this hairy singer practice Scientology?

At the urging of this then wife Cher, Sonny Bono got involved with Scientology in the 1970s. His widow reports that he attempted to leave the church in 1991, but was unable to make the break.

Does this iconic songwriter practice Scientology?

The iconic singer and songwriter Lou Reed never became involved with the Church of Scientology. Instead, Reed became a long-time practitioner of Tai Chi.

Does he take his mustache to Scientology events?

"My Name is Earl" star, Jason Lee, had been a member of the Church of Scientology since 1991. In 2015, he made the announcement that he had decided to leave the church.

Is this former wife of The King a Scientologist?

Priscilla Presley has been a member of the Church of Scientology since childhood. Although rumors and speculation suggest that she has left the organization, she has release public statements saying that she is still a member.

Is Sly's brother in the Church of Scientology?

Actor and musician Frank Stallone has been a vocal defender of the Church of Scientology, As Sylvester Stallone's brother, Frank Stallone made his own name in Hollywood with his enormous musical talent.

Does this blues musician belong to Scientology?

Musician Edgar Winter is best known for his musical abilities. He has also been a member of the Church of Scientology since his heyday playing stages in the '70s.

Is this guy too punk for Scientology?

Darby Crash made a name for himself playing with the band, The Germs in the late '80s and early '90s. His dedication to Scientology is something he cites as being a major life influencer.

Is this writer a Scientologist?

Writer Willam S. Burroughs is know for his hard-hitting and straightforward words. In the '70s, he wrote and released a selection of stories called Naked Scientology exploring his relationship with the religion.

Is this rolling Stone a member of the church?

American actress Sharon Stone has always had a broad interest in many different religions. Although she never formally joined the Church of Scientology, she did dip her toe in the water.

Is this funny guy a Scientologist?

The hilarious Jerry Seinfeld did dabble a little in Scientology. However, he distanced himself from the church after realizing it was not the path for him.

Is Murphy Brown currently a Scientologist?

Best loved for her role on "Murphy Brown," actress Candice Bergen was a long-time member of the church of Scientology. However, it was announced in 2015 that she had left the church.

Is this legendary actor into Scientology?

Actor Rock Hudson was a firm believer in the church of Scientology. During Hudson's long battle with AIDS, he gave credit to the church's teaches for giving him strength.

Is this Brat Pack member a Scientologist?

After practicing Scientology for many years, actor Emilio Estevez left the church in recent years. Although no formal explanation has been given, his representatives confirm the report.

Is this song slinger a Scientologist?

American musician Gordon Lightfoot has been a member of Scientology since the early '70s. He has been an outspoken advocate for many international causes.

Is this wild-haired woman a Scientology member?

Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg once experimented with Scientology. However, she decided it was not for her and didn't much time studying the teachings.

Is Punky Brewster all about Scientology?

The quirky and lovable Soleil Moon Frye spent many years as a full-fledged member of the church of Scientology. However, she has parted ways with the church in recent years.

Is this songbird a Scientologist?

Highly prized songwriter Leonard Cohen was a member of the Church of Scientology until he died. He began practicing the religion after moving from New York to California.

Is this survivor a Scientologist?

Best known for her song, "I Will Survive," disco princess Gloria Gaynor was a devout member of the church of Scientology. She credits the church with helping her battle depression.

Does this "Loser" practice Scientology?

Beck Hansen cites always being around Scientologists and reading book on the subject for getting him interested in the religion. Although Beck is a first generation Scientologist, he is married to a second generation member.

Does this actress practice Scientology when she's not on the set of "The Handmaid's Tale?"

Unlike a lot of celebrities who join the church after becoming famous, Elisabeth Moss grew up in the church. She shocked everyone with an Emmy acceptance speech that dropped a lot of f-bombs.

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