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Elisabeth Moss: Scientology beliefs run ‘parallel’ to Handmaid’s Tale


 

Elisabeth Moss won’t delve into the specifics of her beliefs in Scientology, but she does think they perfectly align with her work on The Handmaid’s Tale, despite what critics may think.

“Listen, it’s a complicated thing because the things that I believe in, I can only speak to my personal experience and my personal beliefs. One of the things I believe in is freedom of speech,” she told The Daily Beast.

“I believe we as humans should be able to critique things. I believe in freedom of the press. I believe in people being able to speak their own opinions.

“I don’t ever want to take that away from anybody, because that actually is very important to me,” she continued. “At the same time, I should hope that people educate themselves for themselves and form their own opinion, as I have.

“The things that I believe in personally, for me, The Handmaid’s Tale, and the ability to do something that is artistically fulfilling but is also personally fulfilling, I’ve never had that.

The Handmaid’s Tale lines up so perfectly parallel with my own beliefs in freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the things that this country was actually built on.”

Moss at left, in the acclaimed series The Handmaid’s Tale. Picture: George Kraychyk/Hulu

Moss at left, in the acclaimed series The Handmaid’s Tale. Picture: George Kraychyk/HuluSource:News Corp Australia

Moss, 36, said taking away the right to talk about certain topics or believing in certain religions would cause society to turn into a place that mirrors Gilead, the fictional dystopia that serves as the setting for The Handmaid’s Tale.

“I don’t choose to talk about not just religion, but my personal life — who I’m dating and that kind of thing,” she said.

“ … I think people should be allowed to talk about what they want to talk about and believe what they want to believe and you can’t take that away — and when you start to take that away, when you start to say ‘you can’t think that,’ ‘you can’t believe that,’ ‘you can’t say that,’ then you get into trouble. Then you get into Gilead.

“So whatever happens, I’m never going to take away your right to talk about something or believe something, and you can’t take away mine.”

Moss says Scientology’s ant-LGBTQ history is ‘not my bag’. Picture: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Moss says Scientology’s ant-LGBTQ history is ‘not my bag’. Picture: Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

While the former West Wing star is passionate about her religion, there are also tenets of it in which she doesn’t believe, such as its history of having anti-LGBTQ views.

“Which is not where I stand. It’s like, it’s a lot to get into and unpack that I can’t do. But that is not my bag,” she said.

“I am obviously a huge feminist and huge supporter of the LGBTQ community and believe so strongly — I can’t even tell you — in people being able to do what they want to do, to love who they want to love, to be the person that they want to be — whoever that is.”

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