Laura Prepon: ‘I haven’t practiced Scientology in close to five years’

Laura Prepon and husband Ben Foster

About six years ago, Ben Foster dated Robin Wright and we covered them whenever they walked a red carpet. He was younger, she was hot. They seemed like a hot couple, truly. Then suddenly in 2016, Ben and Robin were done and he started dating Laura Prepon, best known for That ‘70s Show and Orange is the New Black. At the time, I wondered if this was all some kind of Scientology Honey Trap because (reportedly) Ben was rumored to be Scientology-curious and Laura was still a Scientologist. Anyway, they got married and they had two children, a boy and a girl. Laura wrote a memoir which was published last year, and I guess the book is out on paperback now, because she has given a lengthy interview to People Magazine about motherhood, eating disorders and how she’s not a Scientologist anymore. Huh!! Some highlights:

Her mother taught her to be bulimic: “I had so many people reaching out to me, telling me about their own issues and struggles with food and their relationships with their parents. Many people have thanked me for opening up about my relationship with my mother. Both the positive and the negative, because a lot of times we glaze over stuff because it’s hard or makes us feel vulnerable. If there’s someone out there who’s silently struggling with dysfunctional eating or struggling with their parents, and if I helped a single person, I’d be happy.”

She is no longer a Scientologist. “I’m no longer practicing Scientology. I’ve always been very open-minded, even since I was a child. I was raised Catholic and Jewish. I’ve prayed in churches, meditated in temples. I’ve studied Chinese meridian theory. I haven’t practiced Scientology in close to five years and it’s no longer part of my life.”

Ben Foster has never been a Scientologist? These days she finds solace in meditation, which she does with her husband, who has never practiced Scientology. “We meditate daily and I’m really liking it,” she says, “because it’s something that helps me to hear my own voice and it’s something we can do together.”

It sounds like she’s saying Scientology was a phase: “If motherhood has taught me anything so far, it’s that something can work out for a period of time and then you move on and evolve from that. As a new mom, I was riddled with anxiety that I had never experienced before. My friends who were mothers with older kids said, ‘Laura, this is a phase, you’ll move on and then it will be something different.’ And that has transcended into other parts of my life. We’re all evolving. I always see that with my kids.”

[From People]

That’s very, very interesting, all of it. Leah Remini has talked a lot about what happened to her (and what happens to other people) when they leave Scientology, and how CoS keeps tabs on her and all of that creepy sh-t. I wonder if Laura’s timeline – saying that she hasn’t been a practicing Scientologist “in close to five years” – means that she basically left CoS as soon as she married Ben and got pregnant with their first child. That’s what it amounts to! And I always thought Ben sort of flirted with Scientology, so it’s interesting to hear her say that he’s “never practiced.” Do you think they fell in love and he was like “I can’t be with you if you continue to belong to this cult?” Or did he just step back and let her make that decision on her own?

Laura Prepon

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  1. Stacy Dresden says:

    Ben Foster is such a strong actor. She is as well. Glad she isn’t a cult member anymore.

  2. D says:

    As far as I remember she became a Sci because of her relationship with the good looking Masterson brother. The brothers were born into it and she was brought in through them. If she was suffering from an eating disorder and had struggled with her relationship with her mother she was probably a prime target for that cult. It might have been easier for her to leave since she was no longer in that relationship and had family who weren’t caught up in it. She had a stable network on the outside that could help her, unlike those people who grew up in it or surround themselves completely with church people and have nobody to turn to who isn’t part of the cult. Good for her.

    • questions says:

      “The good looking Masterson brother”. That’s how I thought of him as well! Have no idea what he’s like beyond his looks.

      • NorthernGirl_20 says:

        He’s been charged with r*pe so

      • terra says:


        She dated Christopher Masterson, not Danny Masterson.

        Danny was Hyde on That 70s Show with Laura and has been charged with rape, but she dated his brother, who played the eldest brother on Malcolm in the Middle. He also guested on That 70s Show as The Cheese Guy, if I recall correctly.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        I thought the not so good looking Masterson was the rapist. Danny? I didn’t think anything was going on with Chris (the one Laura dated)

      • MissMarirose says:

        @NorthernGirl: No, that’s Danny Masterson who is charged with those crimes.
        Prepon dated his brother Chris.

  3. says:

    I guess we have to believe her. Although if what Leah Remini says is true, no-one truly leaves Scientology without a backlash. I wonder if she kept mum so long because she doesn’t want to get labeled as a suppressive…

    • Carol says:

      She probably doesn’t want Scientologists to go after her in the press so she isn’t denouncing it as much as Leah has. Same with Beck, Catherine Bell and Jason Lee. They are also apparently no longer scientologists but you don’t hear much about their leaving.

  4. milliemollie says:

    Good for her.
    But is “not practicing Scientology” the same as leaving the “church”?

    • says:

      yeah. that was my first thought. i really hope so for her sake.

      • milliemollie says:

        The wording just sounds a bit odd to me.
        Yeah, I really hope that she’s done with them for good and that they’ll leave her alone.

    • questions says:

      That was my assumption. I thought she was admitting she left.

      • Kynesgrove89 says:

        I think she worded it that way so they wouldn’t come after her. The have a “fair game” policy that can ruin lives. They make all kinds of accusations when people leave publicly.

      • Erica says:

        I think she worded it like that mostly because she knows what happens when Scientologists leave. She also wasn’t born into it like so many others. It probably was a little easier for her to leave. But it’s still scary to admit it. They are insane (as we all know).

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      Exactly this. She’s probably still paying her dues and just not actively participating in their day to day.

      I’m thinking that’s both smart and dangerous.

      • H says:

        I was going to say this too. More than likely Laura is still paying Scientology dues to keep them off her back. There’s no way Miscavage would allow a big fish like her, with deep pockets, to truly leave.

        However, if she stops paying, or talks badly about the ‘religion,’ then it’s fair game all the way on her.

  5. Ariel says:

    Remini said something interesting, and Katie Holmes reacted to this too, Scientology puts the cult as parents above the actual parents as parents. B/c they are living for billions of years so who your mim is in this particular life isn’t that important.
    Therefore the kid’s loyalty, as they grow up is to the cult over the family- which insures the…. (I can’t think of the term) Suppressive person – they are dead to you and all Scientologists so powerful.

    Hence, what Tom cruise successfully did to Nicole Kidman

  6. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    I was pleasantly surprised to read this about both of them. I think her wording is to keep the CoS psycho stalkers out of her life. If she said “left” or “quit,” the backlash would have severe.

  7. Amy Bee says:

    I think being Scientology as a single person is one thing . But when you get married and have children knowing that the Church comes before family probably made her leave.

  8. Liz version 700 says:

    Good for her for distancing herself from the insane cult! Better, by far, for her child to never be in it!

  9. FC says:

    That’s exactly what a Scientologist would say.

  10. lucy2 says:

    Glad to see she has gotten out, however her wording. I’m surprised it took her so long to say something, I wouldn’t want my name associated with that in any form, but I’m guessing there’s a reason she did what she did.
    I’m wondering if her husband said no way are we raising a family in that, or if she came to the conclusion on her own.

  11. Stan says:

    Ben Foster was (is?) Danny Masterson’s best friend. He is the godfather to Danny’s child. Prepon dated Danny’s brother and is said to have intimidated one of the rape victims in 2004 on Danny’s behalf. It was long rumored Ben Foster was in Scientology, so it is really interesting that the People “interview” specifically says he is not in Scientology. If he wasn’t ever in, he was Scientology-adjacent.

    It has been rumored Scientology bigwigs created a document that has about 50 people vouching for Danny’s morality. This will include the signatures of several celebrity Scientologists who, at one time, were willing to go to bat for Danny. I am sure there are now people who are rethinking there willingness to put their reputations on the line for both Danny and Scientology.

    Tony Ortega at Underground Bunker, of course, has been doing an outstanding job covering this and today’s article is about Mike Rinder’s reaction to the news.

  12. Rose says:

    Has anybody noticed the weird necklace Danny wears in court? Is that a Scientology thing?

  13. NiqGee says:

    I’m glad to hear Tucker (yes, I’m throwing it alll the way back) isn’t in Scientology. I still don’t love Laura Prepon with the black hair. That’s all I have to contribute.

  14. Meg says:

    Superficial note-her black hair is striking but i cant decide if it suits her better than other shades shes been?

    • North of Boston says:

      It’s her head obviously, but I think she’d look so much better if her hair color was closer to her eyebrow color rather than jet black.

      Maybe it’s just these photos but the black eyeliner and black hair seem too harsh for her skin tone, features.

      • minx says:

        Agree, I always want to give her a makeover. Lighter shorter hair, not center parted. Her eyebrows look dated.

  15. Ry says:

    She looks like Angelica Houston. All I got.

  16. questions says:

    If her mom taught her how to be bulimic (wow), then I can kind of see how she wound up in Scientology in the first place. Whoa.

  17. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    For five years? That’s what you’re clinging to? Six years ago you were a Scientologist? Impressive. 🙄