Scientology is a hot topic for the Hollywood elite. Those who are members sing its praises. Those who have left are very outspoken against it. Leah Remini is definitely not a fan after she broke ties with it, and has made a small amount of money after discussing her experiences. So what is Remini’s net worth, and how is her life post-Scientology?
Leah Remini has a flourishing acting career
Remini began acting when she was 14, and took several guest star roles. Her first job was in 1988 when she got a small scene on Head of the Class, according to IMDb. Remini later played on Who’s the Boss, Living Dolls, Saved by the Bell, Cheers, and Friends. They were all minor roles that got her name out there, but it wasn’t enough to make her a household name.
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That came when she landed her first big role on The King of Queens as Carrie Heffernan, opposite Kevin James. Following the end of that series, she starred with Kevin James again when she was cast for the show Kevin Can Wait. While she has had several TV roles, Remini has also starred on the big screen. She has played in Old School, The Clapper, and Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie.
Remini started her own production company called No Seriously Productions. She is also an author, and an activist. She is one of the most outspoken celebrities against the Church of Scientology, and isn’t afraid to discuss her experiences, both good and bad.
What is Remini’s net worth?
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According to Celebrity Net Worth, Remini has a combined net worth of $25 million, which likely comes from her acting career, as her podcast about Scientology isn’t very lucrative.
Remini is married to Angelo Pagan. According to Heavy, the two met in 1996 at a Cuban restaurant. It was love at first sight, and the two got married July 19, 2003. After getting married, Pagan joined the Church of Scientology, and was apparently so dedicated Remini later wondered if he would choose the church over her. That didn’t happen, as both of them left the church, and are still happily married.
They currently live in Studio City, California with their daughter Sofia. The couple has a mansion that reportedly costs around $8.5 million.
Leah Remini grew up in Scientology before leaving
While many actors are invited into the Church of Scientology after they become famous, Remini grew up in it. Her mother married a member, and then Remini was brought in by association.
To say that it was a happy experience would be a gross exaggeration, according to the Daily Mail. Remini did admit that she learned to have confidence from the church, but that was one of her few positive experiences. Remini stated she was sent away to be ‘reprogrammed’ after Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’s wedding. Her ‘behavior’ at the wedding was what resulted in the $300,000 reprogramming — so what did she do? She asked too many questions and tried to switch her seat to sit with her friend Jennifer Lopez.
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In 2013, Remini decided to get out. She feared her husband and mother would refuse to come with her, but they left the Church of Scientology, as well. She has since talked about her experience in a tell-all book called Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood And Scientology. Her book is her way of protecting herself in case the Church of Scientology should decide to out some of her secrets.
While discussing her book with Joy Behar on The View, Remini stated, “Well, I know the policy of the church when someone speaks out publicly against them. I know how they deal with people like me. So they would take something out of context or in my confessions and out that out on the street.”
The Church of Scientology disputes these claims, but Remini is not the only celebrity to leave the church. Many of them are outspoken about their experience, while others choose to remain silent.