By Wonderwall Editors
When faced with the prospect of cameras trailing their every move, some families fall apart. Others, like Leah Remini's, come together. After all, the 43-year-old "King of Queens" star -- who left the Church of Scientology amid a swirl of headlines last year -- has already been through plenty with family members like her mother, who was an early devotee of the L. Ron Hubbard-devised religion.
"We're learning new ways to reconnect with each other, so it really has brought us closer together. We're stronger and we're having so much fun together and this is something that the family loves to do," Remini said during a recent chat with Ellen DeGeneres, excerpted by ABC News.
She went on to say that surprises abound on the TLC series, which hits TV screens this summer. Her mother, for example, got a tattoo on her lower back, the recounting of which sparked Remini to crack up as she uttered the phrase "tramp stamp" to DeGeneres.
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"My mother thinks she's a star anyway. She thinks she's pretty genius and from this, she keeps saying things like, 'I think I'm gonna get my own sitcom deal,' she thinks she's that hysterical. My daughter, she doesn't love it. She's in negotiations right now with TLC. She's considering continuing if she gets a Chanel purse. She has a whole list of things ... so I hope that works out," joked the actress.
In addition to her mom and 9-year-old daughter, Sofia, the show features Remini's husband, Angelo, her step-father, her sister, her nanny and her housekeeper.