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Since Leah Remini made the decision to leave Scientology four years ago, she's made no effort to conceal her feelings about the organisation, and its shortcomings.

From criticising Scientology leader, David Miscavige, to revealing she considers Tom Cruise 'diabolical', the former King of Queens star has no problem airing her views on the controversial religion.

And this week, the 47-year-old actress revealed that she was put under pressure to convert her former co-star Kevin James – an undertaking she didn't readily agree to.

"I never tried to recruit Kevin into Scientology to the, you know, dismay of Scientology" she said while speaking to People.

Leah and Kevin starred opposite each other in the smash-hit CBS show for nine years as Carrie and Doug Heffernan, and during that time church officials urged the mother-of-one to recruit the actor.

Leah recalls: "They always tried to get me to, [asking] ‘Why is he not in? Why have you not promoted it to him?’ I was like, ‘Because he’s Catholic. What don’t you understand about that?’”

The actress claimed the organisation's leaders struggled to understand why the New York native was having difficulty converting the actor during her time on the popular programme.

Recalling the conversations which took place after she told them that Kevin would not be joining the organisation, Leah said: "Yeah, but if you get him in, you gotta find out what’s ruining his life’ — I go, ’There’s nothing ruining his life, he’s very happy."

Hammering home the point to her former peers, Leah recalled saying: "I know that’s very hard for everyone to understand here, but he doesn’t want anything to do with you."

Leah recently revealed that current Scientology members, including Handmaid's Tale star Elisabeth Moss, are forbidden from speaking to her since she defected back in 2013.

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In recent weeks, Leah Remini acknowledged the fact that her former friend, Elisabeth Moss, has been forbidden from speaking to her since Leah made the decision to leave Scientology four years ago, going as far as to exit the room when Leah took to the stage to accept an award recently.

"Elisabeth believes that she can't talk to me," Leah told The Hollywood Reporter. "There's a thing in Scientology called 'acceptable truth.' It means you only say what's acceptable to the public.”

"Moss believes that I'm an antisocial personality, because I've spoken out against Scientology," she added. "So she isn't allowed to talk to me."

And while Leah appears pretty understanding of the predicament her former friend finds herself, the same can't be said of her attitude towards Tom Cruise.

While participating in a Reddit AMA, the actress was, unsurprisingly, confronted with a question regarding her former friend, Tom.

Responding to a question which asked whether she thought the Vanilla Sky actor was a 'good person', Leah responded: "No! Just going to get straight to it, no!"

"There is a public persona of the guy who looks at you directly in the eye and shakes your hand and hugs you and is an attentive person to you and there’s the person behind the mask who is a completely different person," she continued.

Spilling even more tea for Reddit users, she added: "Someone could say we all have that  – what we are to the public and who we are behind the scenes, but the people who are around Tom and work for Tom, not even people who are Scientologists, they will say he is diabolical,"

After acknowledging her own shortcomings, Leah compared the world-famous actor to the infamous Scientology leader, Leah said: "People who’ve worked with me will say I can be an a*****e — all actors can be. That is different. He’s very similar to David Miscavige, they could be twins.”

From presenting and producing documentary series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, to penning an autobiography detailing her time in the church, the 40-year-old star has been more than candid about her time with the organisation.

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After living the vast majority of her life as a Scientologist, popular actress, Leah Remini, left the controversial church in 2013.

Following this decision, which has made countless headlines over the course of the last four years, Leah has dedicated a large portion of her life to speaking out against the so-called religion.

From presenting and producing documentary series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, to penning an autobiography detailing her time in the church, the 40-year-old star has been more than candid about her experiences.

And with many high-profile names still affiliated with the religion, it's no surprise that the King of Queens actress is often grilled on the effect her departure has had on previous relationships.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Leah revealed that her former friend and current Scientologist, Elisabeth Moss, is forbidden from speaking to her on account of the organisation's doctrines.

"Elisabeth believes that she can't talk to me," Leah said. "There's a thing in Scientology called 'acceptable truth.' It means you only say what's acceptable to the public.”

"Moss believes that I'm an antisocial personality, because I've spoken out against Scientology," she added. "So she isn't allowed to talk to me.“

Leah, who became part of the organisation at the age of eight, insists she understands the predicament The Handmaid's Tale star finds herself in, adding: “And me knowing that, I wouldn't put her in the awkward position."

While Leah understands Elisabeth's compulsion to adhere to the organisation's doctrines, the actress refuses to pussyfoot around her impression of her former church.

“I don't hold anything against Elisabeth Moss other than she's continuing to support a group that is abusive and destroying families," Leah continued. "That's for her to learn, just as I needed to learn it."

Elisabeth refuses to discuss her fate during interviews, aside from saying she has benefited hugely from its teachings.

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Jennifer Lopez has shared her anger after the car she was travelling in with her children, actress Leah Remini and Leah’s daughter was hit by a drunken driver.

The singer described how she went all “Bronx” on the driver and shared a photo of herself and Leah after the incident, writing: “Sitting at a light, Riding high right before some drunk fool rear ended us in my new whip!!! Thank god everyone is ok!!! #GRATEFUL #THANKYOUGOD #DontdrinkandDrive!!!! #cursedthatfoolout #theBronzcameout #dontmesswithmycocnuts #mamabear #leahstayedcalm #thatwasweird.”

Jen had previously shared a snap of her twins, Max and Emme with Leah’s daughter in the back seat before the incident occurred.

Thankfully nobody was injured but we’re sure they’re a little shaken!

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