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Elisabeth Moss says her Scientology faith is largely 'misunderstood'

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The Handmaid's Tale actress and Scientologist Elisabeth Moss explained her decision to keep her faith a private matter and her thoughts on Scientology being compared to Handmaid's.

It's not really a closed-off religion," the Handmaid's Tale star told the New Yorker . "It's a place that is very open to, like, welcoming in somebody who wants to learn more about it. I think that's the thing that is probably the most misunderstood."

For years, Scientology has been plagued by allegations of wrongdoing, with many former members of the Church claiming that they were separated from their families and subjected to mind control and other abuses. (As the New Yorker writes: "The Church calls these allegations ‘false and mischaracterized.'")

The Mad Men actress, 39, who was raised in the Church, understands why people have preconceived notions about the organization, saying, "I've certainly been guilty of reading an article or watching something and taking that as gospel."