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Leah Remini after Scientology: Fans 'rooting for me'

11:51 AM, Sep 15, 2013   |    comments
Leah Remini, shown in 2010, is ready for 'Dancing With the Stars.' (Photo: Dan Steinberg, AP)
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Leah Remini believes that fans are supporting her following her recent split from the Church of Scientology.

As she heads onto Dancing With the Stars on Monday night, the King of Queens star says she's feeling the love.

"I think people are rooting for me, they are so supportive. People have been nothing but loving," Remini tells USA TODAY.

Remini, 43, left the church in a highly public way in July and has since joined the celebrity cast ofDWTS where she is partnered with professional dancer Tony Dovolani.

The difficulty of breaking with the church helped her to come onto the celebrity ballroom dance show, which Remini says she has turned down repeatedly in the past.

"Considering what I have been through this year, I figured that I am really at a vulnerable place in my life," says Remini. "But I want to come from a place of strength. And it scares me do this. I want to go into it having fun. I want people to be inspired."

Right now she is inspired to take on the rigors of the ballroom dance show.

"I think when people come out of something, and go into something new, it's so invigorating," says Remini. "And the amount of love and support you get for doing something, that might inspire other people during a difficult time."

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