Scientology. Swanson is said to have "flirted" with it. Cruise is an active and long-time member of the church.
What attracts celebrities to the Church of Scientology? And why do they stay? Austin author Lawrence Wright has turned his investigative attention to the Church. What started as a profile of director, screenwriter, and former Scientologist Paul Haggis has turned into an over 400-page book.
KUT's Jennifer Stayton talked with Wright about his new book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, the controversies about the Church, and what its membership shows us about religious beliefs.