The Surprising Reason Christopher Reeve Left Scientology

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Some celebrity Scientologists are longtime followers of the controversial religion, while others were members for years before they ended up distancing themselves from it. Lesser known are the experiences of stars who briefly dabbled in the controversial religion, and that group includes Superman actor Christopher Reeve. The late celebrity wrote in his memoir that he was intrigued by the Church of Scientology but decided not to pursue it after something happened during one of their courses to put him off.

Read on to find out how Reeve became interested in Scientology in the first place and what occurred to “devalue [his] belief in the process.”ae0fcc31ae342fd3a1346ebb1f342fcb

In his 2002 memoir, Nothing Is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life, Reeve wrote about coming across Scientology when he was living in New York City in 1975. By that time, the future star had graduated from Cornell University and studied at Juilliard. As for his budding acting career, he had acted on TV, including on the soap opera Love of Life, and was in rehearsals for a play. He would first play Superman three years later, in 1978.

Reeve was “enjoying [his] life as a young bachelor in the Big Apple” when he was walking to the grocery store one day and saw a man holding a sign that read, “Free personality test, no obligation.” He wrote that he was intrigued and soon found that he had followed the man into the New York headquarters of the Church of Scientology. Inside, he said he filled out a form with personal information, including his address and social security number.

Reeve explained in Nothing Is Impossible that he returned to the Scientology office the next day, because curiosity got the best of him and he wanted to know his “score” from the personality test.

He said he was told instead, “There was no score, no grade, no quantitative measurement, just their assessment: I was obviously deeply depressed, suffering from low self-esteem, and carrying heavy ‘baggage’ around with me, not only from emotional damage in this incarnation but from previous lives as well.” He was also told he should begin “training” at the center.

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