"The only thing that mattered was that we were taking courses — and not taking drugs."In no short time, the 13-year-old aspiring actress found herself with an agent — and an audition for acclaimed casting director John Levey (Head of the Class, China Beach, Growing Pains) — thanks to Juliette Lewis, whom she befriended hanging out "in the bad part of town," in Remini's words."I went to the clothing store, bought myself a miniskirt, some Skippies, and I walked into that audition being my most Brooklyn," Remini recalled with a smile."But, I do believe when it's your turn, it's your turn.I envision Hollywood as a race and some people simply drop off before their turn comes around."But I was always very aware of my position, which is funny because even in life, I'm like that; I have always compared where I am to where I want to be.
"I don't want to be known as this bitter, ex-Scientologist," Leah Remini told Buzz Feed over a recent lunch at the luxe Sunset Tower hotel in Los Angeles.
"She was like, ' Cut the shit, dust off your boots, and get back on the horse.' Because my family believed in me, I was able to keep going." Luckily, Remini's next job wasn't too far off — although not everyone on "Team Leah" thought it was in her best interest to accept the role of Stacey Carosi on Saved By The Bell in 1991.
"My agents actually told me if I took the job, they would no longer represent me," Remini said.
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