David Duchovny Recounts His Past Experience with the Church of Scientology: ‘I Didn’t Play by the Rule and Never Returned’
David Duchovny spoke of his experience with the Church of Scientology and said an auditing “didn’t go well.”
The X-Files actor, 61, told The everyday beast that his experience with the church came when he attended the wedding of his friend, actor Jason Beghe (who has since left the church).
“I went to his wedding at the Celebrity Center in Los Angeles and they made a play for me,” the Californication star told the outlet.
The latest: David Duchovny, 61, shared his experience with the Church of Scientology and said an auditing “didn’t go well.” He was caught in London in 2019
He continued: ‘I squeezed the cans and I did a session on the E-meter, and I immediately realized because they ask very personal questions, they were collecting information that I wouldn’t give to a stranger.
“So the session didn’t go well. I didn’t play by the rule, and I never went back.”
Duchovny told the outlet he doesn’t “really understand” the tax code that applies to the church.
“It’s a ‘religion’, but who came up with that?” he said. “There are other religions that are tax-exempt and have a lot of rich people too, so it’s really a question of taxes and religions, but it’s also a question of, how do you define yourself as a religion? Why can’t I be my own religion and stop paying taxes? I think Jeff Bezos is planning that!’
The X-Files actor said his experience with the church came when he attended the wedding of his friend actor Jason Beghe at the Celebrity Center in Los Angeles.
Duchovny said Beghe, 61, “never tried to recruit him” for the church. The actor, who has since left the church, was caught in Chicago in 2018
Duchovny said Beghe, 61, “never tried to recruit him directly into the church,” but expressed his satisfaction as a member of the church at the time.
“He just ‘recruited’ me in the sense of saying, ‘This is great, and I think you should try it,’ no harder than that,” Duchovny said.
Duchovny said the Chicago PD actor “had drifted apart at the time because Scientology hangs on their own when they do it.”
He continued: “We saw each other occasionally and I noticed his vocabulary was different. The way he described the world and his experiences, especially his psychological experiences, was not cult-like and had completely changed.’
Duchovny told outlet he doesn’t ‘really understand’ tax code applied to church