Leah Remini is everyone’s favorite troublemaker – everyone but the Church of Scientology, that is. Since leaving the church, Remini has gone to scorched earth, revealing as much dirt as possible about her inner workings. Most notably, in 2013, she filed a missing persons report for Shelly Miscavige, the rarely seen wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige. Remini also produced and presented the A&E documentary series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, and followed it up with the podcast, Scientology: Fair Game. While the series is over and the podcast is currently on pause while Remini judges “So You Think You Can Dance,” she remains the most high-profile figure to ever challenge the Church of Scientology.
While she’s certainly the most vocal about it, Remini isn’t the only famous actor to leave the doors of the Scientology Celebrity Center for good. All three of Tom Cruise’s previous wives, Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes, left Scientology after their divorce. While Rogers was growing up in the church like Remini, Kidman and Holmes both became involved with Cruise because of their affiliations and quit shortly thereafter. Remini and Holmes were close during their overlapping times at the Church, and Remini even attended Holmes and Cruise’s wedding, but could their friendship survive the upheaval of leaving Scientology?
Katie Holmes wrote an internal report on Leah Remini
Before Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology, she found herself in deep trouble after appearing at the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in Rome, an event she later recounted in her memoir Troublemaker. Remini claimed she had a deal with the church that she could only come to the wedding if she recruited her A-list friends Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. Throughout the party, Scientologists attempted to separate Remini from Lopez in order to charm the “Jenny from the Block” singer.
After the wedding, Remini said Holmes messaged her about “disrupting the party” and “setting a bad example for others,” per Entertainment Tonight. In a 2017 interview on The Adam Carolla Show, Remini revealed why she was reprimanded, saying, “I’ve seen behavior by church officials that was inconsistent with our policies. Then I was accused of being outside the line.” After that, she was questioned at the Celebrity Center about her pot stirring.
After leaving the church, Holmes released a brief statement apologizing to Remini, saying, “I regret upsetting Leah in the past and wish her all the best in the future.” Remini accepted and responded in tears on Good Morning America: “At the time I was thinking of myself and my family and what we were going through. And while it was painful, I had no idea she was probably going through a lot more.”
Leah Remini and Katie Holmes haven’t spoken to each other in years
Unfortunately, Leah Remini and Katie Holmes have yet to find each other after leaving the Church of Scientology. Though they’re no longer active Scientologists, Remini claims they’re not exactly out of the woods to do what they want. In a 2018 interview with LaPalme magazine (via Us Weekly), Remini said, “I keep asking myself — why didn’t Katie Holmes or Nicole Kidman speak up? Eat with me and we were close friends, you could lose custody of Suri [Cruise]. It’s really quite sick.”
It’s sad that Remini and Holmes were never able to get together as so much has happened since they last spoke and they could easily relate to each other’s stories of how they left the church. Both are now classified by the Church of Scientology as “suppressive people” and returned to their Catholic roots even after they left. Although Remini joined Scientology at a young age, she was raised Catholic even earlier and returned after deciding she still wanted religion in her life.
While a reunion between Remini and Holmes would be great not just for them but for everyone else affected by Scientology, it’s understandable that it didn’t happen when Holmes’ family situation stands in the way. Ten years after Holmes’ divorce from Cruise, there’s still no full book or interview on the horizon, so Remini may not catch Holmes speaking up after all.