During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 67-year-old Academy Award nominee admitted she spent several years of her life in a religious cult called the Moral Re-Armament, or MRA. She says she was seven when her father joined the group, which was led by Rev. Frank Buchman, who's described as a "violently anti-intellectual and possibly homophobic evangelical fundamentalist." Close told the Hollywood Reporter, "I wouldn't trust any of my instincts because [my beliefs] had all been dictated to me."
When close's father, a doctor, went to work in Congo to combat the first ebola epidemic in 1976, her and her siblings were taken to the MRA's headquarters in Switzerland where they lived for a number of years. She says she was never allowed to do anything. Close recently returned to Broadway with the play "A Delicate Balance."
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Close moved back to the U.S. at age fifteen to study at a Connecticut boarding school, but claims she couldn't completely cut ties for several years.
She told The Hollywood Reporter, "If you talk to anybody who was in a group that basically dictates how you're supposed to live and what you're supposed to say and how you're supposed to feel, from the time you're 7 till the time you're 22, it has a profound impact on you. I wouldn't trust any of my instincts because (my beliefs) had all been dictated to me."
While she wouldn't go into detail on how she finally left the cult, she did say that she was able to make peace with her father before his death in 2009.
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