This is heartbreaking for me because I am a big fan of Orange is the New Black — HUGE — but the insanity contained within Laura Prepon’s interview with Celebrity Magazine (apparently THE celebrity magazine of choice for Scientologists everywhere) cannot be denied. To save you the time and trouble of combing through the lengthy article yourself, I have extracted (okay, copied and pasted) the wackiest statements on your behalf:
On joining Scientology: “So when I first got into Scientology, I did Personal Values and Integrity and then Overcoming Ups and Downs in Life. These courses touched on the observations I was aware of when I was younger. It was right there in black and white. It was amazing, and I felt that finally something was speaking my language. It totally connected with me. Pretty soon after that I got onto the Purification Rundown, and I started moving up the Bridge.”
On how auditing (an exercise where you share all your secrets while holding tin cans) brought out an old decision she had hidden in her bank: “Honestly, I’ve become more me. The auditing has stripped away all of this charge, false ideas, decisions and mis-emotions that were affecting me. I recently had one of my biggest cognitions in a New Era Dianetics session. I spotted this decision I made a long time ago that was affecting me to this day. It was a huge realization. At the time of the incident, you make a postulate as a ‘pro-survival’ decision, you know? Then to spot it years and years later, after peeling away these layers and then—boom, there it is—it’s mind blowing! To think of it just hiding there in my bank, affecting me.”
On cognating and MESTing: “Another big realization I had in my auditing is that there is a bigger picture. This is my career but it does not define me. I am so much bigger than this career and industry. It’s my job and it’s very important to me, but, when I have huge wins in session, and when you really cognate that you are a thetan and you have a mind and body, and that the MEST universe does not control you—it puts things into perspective. It takes the weight off you and things become very easy.”
On how she’s the ideal Scientology poster child: “I did a show years ago and the creator of the show was wonderful, but he is a total cynic. He had heard about Scientology, but had some altered viewpoints about it. After he worked with me, he came up said, ‘If you’re a Scientologist, I want to know about it, because you’re an amazing representation of what you’re doing over there.’” That was a huge compliment to me, because changing a person’s mind like that, changing his viewpoint just from working with him, that was a huge win for me.
On how Scientology helped her play a drug-dealing lesbian on Orange is the New Black: “I feel that some of my best work I’ve done has been on Orange is the New Black. This show really does push you out of your comfort zone in an amazing way…I feel a lot of the auditing that I’ve had helps me be willing to go there and be free and vulnerable and really jump into these scenes wholeheartedly. There are days where it’s like, okay…let’s do this! And you have to drop all of your pre-conceived ideas, or mis-emotions, or being uncomfortable and just go there. It’s so gratifying and fulfilling as an artist to be able to really be there in present time, creating, with no vias. Auditing has helped me so much in getting to this place. I have more to go and can’t wait for what’s to come. It’s magic, it really is.”
I know I ALWAYS abandon my vias before moving up the bridge. True story.