Girls Trip star Jada Pinkett Smith has had an incredible summer. With her hilarious role in the breakout R-rated comedy, the celebration of the 30th anniversary of A Different World, and of course her role on the hit Fox series Gotham, Smith has proven that veteran actresses still have a ton to offer Hollywood. Unfortunately, things took a turn when the actress and mother of two was dragged into the middle of some Scientology drama.
King of Queens alum Leah Remini has been on a crusade against the Church of Scientology — first with her tell-all memoir Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, and now with her critically acclaimed A&E docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. The actress grew up in the church and parted ways with it very publically in 2013. Now, she’s doing everything she can to bring the church down — including naming other celebs who are reportedly entangled in the organization.
Recently in an interview with The Daily Beast, Remini revealed that Smith was a devoted Scientologist. She said:
I know Jada’s in. I know Jada’s in. She’s been in Scientology a long time. I never saw Will [Smith] there, but I saw Jada at the Celebrity Centre. They opened up a Scientology school, and have since closed it. But Jada, I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre all the time.
Smith quickly clapped back at the claim on Twitter saying, “I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech … but I am not a Scientologist.”
She reiterated her point saying that she practiced human kindness and did not specifically adhere to any religion. However, this is not the first time the Set It Off actress or her husband Will Smith have been connected to the Chruch of Scientology.
A close bond with Tom Crusie and Katie Holmes
We’re not sure where the status of the Smiths’ friendship with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes stands since the couple divorced in 2012, but for quite some time they were very close with the former Scientology power couple. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum commented on Scientology back in 2006. He told the World Entertainment News Network,
I’ve talked to Tom about it. [There’s] lots of incredible, wonderful concepts, [but my wife] Jada and I don’t necessarily believe in organized religion. I was raised in a Baptist household, and my grandmother would get up out of her casket [if I became a Scientologist.]
It’s essentially the same thing that his wife said on the subject.