Glenn Close recently opened up about her childhood spent in a religious cult and the years following her escape at the age of 22.
"[For years], I wouldn’t trust any of my instincts because [my beliefs] had all been dictated to me," Glenn said of the group, which was once called the Moral Re-Armament (it has since been renamed Initiatives of Change).
"You basically weren't allowed to do anything, or you were made to feel guilty about any unnatural desire," the Oscar nominee revealed. "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...it has a profound impact on you."
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Glenn was 7-years-old when her father Dr. William Taliaferro Close — who once served as the personal physician to Congolese dictator Mobutu Sese Seko — joined the MRA. For years she lived at the cult's headquarters in Switzerland before moving back to the States at the age of 15.
It wasn't until the "Fatal Attraction" star enrolled at the College of William & Mary that she truly broke free of the MRA.
"I would have dreams because I didn't go to any psychiatrist or anything," the 67-year-old admitted. "I had these dreams, and they started with betrayal, a sense of betrayal, and then they developed into me being able to look at these people and say, 'You're wrong. You're wrong.'"
Though she refuses to detail how she managed to escape, Glenn said the group never tried to lure her back. "They knew that was it. I had nothing to do with them from that point. And I wouldn't have anything to do with them," she recalled.
The actress also eventually forgave her father for bringing her and her siblings into that environment. "I always thought, the way life works, the burden of forgiveness is on the child," she told The Hollywood Reporter.
"Forgiveness is probably the most revolutionary concept there is right now in our world. Because without forgiveness, you just perpetuate what has been before. You [have to] say, 'It's going to stop with me.'"
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