10 Things You Didn’t Know About Leah Remini
Leah Remini is the latest celebrity to ruffle the feathers of Scientologists. In 2013 she released a memoir called Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology and announced she was leaving the religion. She’s been surfacing in the media consistently ever since with new accusations and rumblings of secrets. Remini was famous long before her religion became a public concern. She’s best recognized for her sitcom roles on Cheers and as Carrie Heffernan on The King of Queens. Lately, she’s been revamping her career with roles on shows like The Exes, Leah Remini: It’s all Relative, and most recently, a docu-series on A&E which explores the lives of former Scientologists. There’s more to Leah Remini than what we see on TV — here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about the actress:
10. Unlikely Friendship
Leah Remini and the Jenny From the Block singer have one of the most unlikely celebrity friendships, but it’s cute nonetheless! These two besties are incredibly supportive of each other and can often be found on each other’s social media and sharing kind words about the other during interviews. When Remini announced she was leaving the Church of Scientology, her friend Jennifer Lopez offered support and a shoulder to lean on. She could also be found in the front row of the audience when Leah Remini competed on Dancing with the Stars.
Leah grew up in a middle class family in Brooklyn, New York, with a sister named Nicole and her two parents, Vicki Marshall and George Remini. It didn’t last long though. Her parents divorced and her mother started dating a man who was a Scientologist. When she was 13 her mother took her out of school, and moved her and Nicole to the church’s special Sea Org headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. In this program, they were separated from their mother, who was pregnant at the time and forced to sign a “billion-year” contract of allegiance to the church. Remini and her sister were forced to live in what she described as a “roach-infested motel room with six other girls.” She dropped out of 8th grade and was assigned to start manual labor for up to 12 hours a day cleaning hotel rooms.