Perennial alt-rock superstar Beck seems like he could be a yoga practitioner: he’s creative, hip and lives in LA. However, in a recent interview with New York Magazine, he reveals that he may or may not be into Scientology – and he nonchalantly compares it to yoga.
He seems exceedingly grounded. He is even comfortable talking about his relationship to Scientology — “always the last question journalists ask,” and a topic he used to avoid completely. He says he does not have any opinion about why so many people seem so interested in it. He says his father was involved in Scientology since before he was born and “has had lots of benefits from it,” that “it’s just something that I’ve been around.” “Some people,” he says, “do yoga, some people get into meditation, a whole half of my family are all Presbyterian and they’re very churchgoing, and my grandfather on my mother’s side was smoking hash and drinking beer every night.
“Everybody,” he continues, “is trying to figure out a way to deal with their issues and things that are unresolved. I mean, some things just don’t resolve. But whatever’s going to get you through. That’s my feeling about it.”
As for his commitment to Scientology, he remains noncommittal about it through the rest of the interview. His wife, actress Marissa Ribisi (best known for her role in Dazed and Confused), is apparently a hardcore Scientologist, and if we’ve learned anything from Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, it’s that it’s impossible to be a spouse of a Scientologist without a little coercion from the Church. Let’s hope that Beck stays grounded.