Juliette Lewis claims she was saved by Scientology
The singer-and-actress - who turned to the bizarre sci-fi faith in 1996 for help during her drug addiction struggles - can`t understand why the Church of Scientology receives so much criticism and is particularly upset about the way Tom Cruise, one of the faith`s most prominent members, is ridiculed for his beliefs.
She said: "It`s been written about in such an obscene way but it`s very common-sense based and involves really basic stuff like using communication to try and solve your problems or differences.
"It`s a progressive religion in that it`s a body of knowledge. You can be a Jewish or a Buddhist Scientologist and people don`t understand that.
"I feel so sad for the ridicule Tom Cruise got, and he-s such a gracious, caring human being."
The 36-year-old star decided to embark on a music career six years ago and since she started releasing records she insists her experiences have been educational.
She added in an interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Starting a new career has been a huge education for me. I-ve always been an outsider and never felt like I fitted in, so being a little bit of a freak of nature in rock -n- roll suits me."