Leah Remini said on "Good Morning America" Wednesday that she still struggles with the loss of friends after her public, and at times ugly, split with the Church of Scientology last year.
The former "King of Queens" star said, though, that working with family on their new TLC reality show, "Leah Remini: It's All Relative," has helped make things a little easier.
"You look through your phone and you're like, 'Oh I can't call this person,'" she said, describing people she felt she could no longer approach. "But you know, as we were in that time of loss and grief, still sad we lost our friends, we also have to look at what we do have. We have great family. We have great friends still in our lives. And we should start celebrating what we have."
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Remini and her family publicly split from the cult-like religion last summer
after she reportedly started questioning the church's leadership about its use of interrogation and thought modification on members.
"I believe that people should be able to question things," Remini told People magazine at the time
. "I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that's what I'm about. It wouldn't matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to."
Remini told "Good Morning America" this week that she was "fascinated" by the public's response to her Scientology departure.
"It's something you're raised in," she said. "You're in it, so you don't see what . . . what do you want to know? I have a lot of friends that ask, 'Oh, I've wanted to ask,' and I’m like, 'What do you want to know?' You’re so in it that you don’t really see the fascination."
Remini said she has enjoyed filming "It's All Relative," which premiered Thursday, and called the series a uniting force for her family.
"There's no certain way to do our career these days," Remini said. "It came at a time when we were going through change . . . Things I was afraid of. I said, 'Why not.'"
"Leah Remini: It's All Relative" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST on TLC.
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