Leah Remini Speaks on Scientology: Why Did She Leave?

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Leah Remini is no longer a member of The Church of Scientology.

And while the actress has explained her split from the religion in the past, she opens up again this week in an interview with 20/20.

Remini (who rose to fame as the wife of Kevin James on King of Queens) says she joined the church as an impressionable youth and that the experience shaped her formative years.

"Because Scientologists view children as spiritual beings, you're not treated as a kid," she said in a clip that first aired on Good Morning America Thursday.

"So you're given a lot of responsibility. Your ego becomes extremely inflated." 

The 45-year old said on her reality program (Leah Remini: It's All Relative) earlier this year that she left Scientology due to her daughter, who is being raised Catholic.

In this 20/20 clip, from a Q&A that will air in full on October 30, Remini says her mother brought her into the church as a kid; after joining, she was immediately brought "on course."

This means one learns how to apply the Scientology teachings to oneself and also to others and that the goal is, simply to "save the planet."

The star left for good in 2013 and has written a book titled “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology” about the experience.

"The decision to leave is your giving up everything you have ever known and everything you have worked for your whole life," she says.

"I feel that people need to understand this has been my whole life. I want people to understand how it happens."

Check out the interview snippet below and then follow the proceeding link to see just how many famous Scientologists are out there.

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