Leah Remini

Charles Sykes/Bravo

Leah Remini famously left Scientology in 2013, and now she's about to air out the controversial church's dirty laundry in a tell-all memoir.

Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, announced that the book, entitled Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, is "a moving and eye-opening account of Remini's thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology."

The statement also outlines the book: "In Troublemaker, Remini, best known as the star of the popular long-running sitcom King of Queens, will detail for the first time her life growing-up in the Church of Scientology and her rise to fame in Hollywood."

It continues, "Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology's causes grew increasingly intertwined. But when she began to raise questions about some of the church's actions, she found herself a target, which led to her—and her family's—break from the church.

"Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini's remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. "

Leah Remini, Instagram


Remini was introduced to the church at just 10-years-old and finally decided to leave at age 43. At the time, reports circulated that the actress had been subjected to years of "interrogations" and "thought modifications" and finally decided to cease being a parishioner, in part, because of policies preventing members to question the leadership of David Miscavige.

Though Remini has often discussed the "hard repercussions" of leaving the church, she ultimately decided she couldn't raise her daughter Sofia in that setting.

"I decided I didn't want to raise my daughter in the church because from what I experience and what I saw, the church becomes your everything," she expressed on her TLC reality show Leah Reimini: It's All Relative in July. "It becomes your mother, your father, your everything. You are dependent on the church."

She added, "If you're raised in it as a child, you really don't have loyalty to your family," she continued. "The church does come first to you and that is what we would be teaching Sofia. And I just didn't want her to be raised that way because let's say in 10 years if I don't want to be connected to the church anymore, my own daughter would be taught to disconnect from me. And so I didn't want to create that. I didn't think it would be healthy for her."

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology will be available on Nov. 3.

  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share

We and our partners use cookies on this site to improve our service, perform analytics, personalize advertising, measure advertising performance, and remember website preferences. By using the site, you consent to these cookies. For more information on cookies including how to manage your consent visit our Cookie Policy.