Leah Remini on Why Jennifer Lopez Said No to Becoming a Scientologist

Leah Remini on Why Jennifer Lopez Said No to Becoming a Scientologist

But it wasn’t for a lack of trying, Remini claims.

Jennifer Lopez’s father, David Lopez, has been a Scientologist for over 30 years but being part of the controversial religion isn’t something she was ever interested in, according to best friend Leah Remini.

Remini famously left the church in 2013, before going on to expose what she claimed was the dark underbelly of the organization in her book, "Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology," and subsequent A&E series, "Scientology and the Aftermath." With Season 3 currently airing, The Daily Beast talked to Remini about how church officials allegedly attempted to drive a wedge between her and J.Lo, who they supposedly wanted to recruit.

Speaking to the publication, Remini said Lopez saw right through the "cult" and didn’t need Leah’s guidance to "save her from anything."

"Jennifer is a very strong-minded female, and is a seeker of spirituality. She’s Catholic—always has been — and her father is a very indoctrinated Scientologist, and has been for quite a long time," Remini said. "He’s achieved the confidential levels of Scientology. But Jennifer makes her own decisions."

"Yes, I did [run interference], but she disagreed with the disconnection policy, so she wasn’t going to submit to any pressures from anybody regardless, and she was a really good friend to me through all that," she added.

TooFab has reached out to Jennifer Lopez seeking comment. We have also contacted the Church of Scientology.

The official church practice of "disconnection" dictates that communication must cease between followers and anyone "who is suppressive or who is antagonistic to Scientology or its tenets." According to the organization’s own website, however, they claim there is no "policy that requires Church members to disconnect from anyone, let alone family and friends who simply have different beliefs."

Speaking to PEOPLE last year, Remini previously said that Lopez’s father "should be disconnecting from her because she’s connected to me," but added "that hasn’t happened."

Remini also addressed, during her chat with the Daily Beast, her sit-down with Jada Pinkett Smith on "Red Table Talk" earlier this year, where the two hashed it out after Leah accused Jada and Will of being Scientologists. According to Jada, they were only interested in Study Tech and used some of the controversial group’s teachings at one of her schools, but were never members of the church.

"I only wanted to take responsibility for putting [Jada & Will] in a position to be questioned about it, and to feel that they had to defend themselves against me," said Remini. "I didn’t want that to be the focus. I wanted the focus to be on the people who were speaking out against the abuses in Scientology."

The Church of Scientology has continuously denied all allegations made by Remini, her book, and her A&E docu-series. According to the church, Remini "needs to move on with her life instead of pathetically exploiting her former religion, her former friends and other celebrities for money and attention to appear relevant again."

"Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" airs Tuesdays on A&E.

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