Rinder's parents joined Scientology when he was six, and he later enlisted in Sea Org as a teenager.
“Suri was about to turn 6, which is the age where some people start in Sea Org,” says Ortega.
Rinder was a second-generation Scientologist who, from 1982 to 2007, served on the board of directors of Church of Scientology International and was its executive director of the Office of Special Affairs—a self-described “fixer” responsible for putting out legal and PR fires.
He left Scientology in 2007 after a dispute with Miscavige.
“He or she has the ability to create new and better realities and improve conditions.”He adds, “Being a Scientologist, when you drive past an accident, it’s not like anyone else.
When you drive past, you know you have to do something about it because you know you’re the only one that can really help.”But there’s more.
In Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, in theaters March 13 (and on HBO March 29), a large portion of it is devoted to Cruise—Scientology’s most recognizable face.