Few know about Brad Pitt’s brief foray into Scientology. When Pitt was dating Juliette Lewis in the early 1990’s, he began attending courses with the church, though he was never technically a convert.
Michael Mallen, a former Scientologist, claims he was assigned to give Pitt “therapeutic training routines”. There are records that Pitt completed these sessions in 1991, returning for a “special course in human evaluations” in 1993.
“The first TR [training routine] involves you sitting across from another person with eyes closed for some time,” Mallen told the paper. “Then you look at another person with eyes open for two hours. … Once you pass that drill, you go into what’s called bullbaiting. The ‘coach’ tries to get the student to react by pushing the student’s ‘buttons’. That’s what I did with Brad Pitt. I did it mercilessly, insulting the s–t out of him. His then girlfriend Juliette Lewis was there. He got so pissed off, he walked out of the trailer and just split. Juliette had to rescue him; he just needed to cool off. I guess no one had bullbaited him before. I was going pretty hard on him, but that’s the whole point, to get the person where they’re no longer reacting and can comfortably be there.”
Pitt is not currently a member of the Church of Scientology.