The lives and loves of Kirstie Alley
[Excerpts from USA Today, December 11, 1998]
Alley also doesn't shy away from her membership in the Church of Scientology. In fact, she's the international spokeswoman for Narconon, the church's program for drug and alcohol abusers, which she credits with saving her life.
"I'm a Scientologist all the way!" Alley says. "I don't like it when a journalist writes something like 'the controversial Church of Scientology' in an article about me. I didn't say that; they said that. So they've tainted it. If I'd known they were going to say that, I wouldn't have even talked to them. It's like me saying, 'the controversial Jew who interviewed me today.' What Jewish controversy was there?"
Candor makes Alley a good spokeswoman, says Tim Allen, who got to know her well while shooting For Richer or Poorer.
"If anybody wants to know about Scientology, they should ask somebody like Kirstie Alley, who can say it with a sense of humor, like it's nothing to be afraid of," he says. He and Alley play a wealthy couple who avoid creditors by posing as Amish people.
"I constantly was dogging her about Scientology, saying, 'Do you wear big hats? Tell me about the big pointed hats with stars on them." Alley didn't mind. (And no, Scientologists do not wear big hats.)
Alley had a more emotional motive for appearing as Woody Allen's jilted psychiatrist wife in Deconstructing Harry.
"I don't like psychiatry," Alley says. "And I don't believe it works. And I believe psychiatrists are neurotic or psychotic, for the most part. I wanted to play her that way, and Woody just totally let me do it. I said, 'I want to be taking Prozac or drugs during the session with her patient.' I wanted to show that this woman is so twerked out that she has to take drugs, too. She takes her own medicine. So he said, 'Yeah! That's a good idea.' "