The Vow’s NXIVM Hollywood Connections Defined

Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack and Grace Park are among the many stars who grew to become ensnarled within the NXIVM cult, the topic of HBO’s new docuseries The Vow.

HBO’s new documentary collection The Vow has been tremendously compelling in its telling of the story of the NXIVM cult, whose founder, Keith Raniere, was convicted in federal court docket of intercourse trafficking and racketeering. Presenting itself as a self-help, purpose-driven group, NXIVM was in actual fact a multi-level advertising (a.okay.a. pyramid) scheme, promoting intensive seminars on ridding oneself of “limiting” behaviors, unhealthy profession paths, and psychological hangups, amongst different issues. Having adopted the Scientology blueprint, considered one of NXIVM’s targets was utilizing Hollywood star energy as a recruiting instrument, and far of this was performed through the Vancouver-based chapter of the group.

Within the docuseries, former NXIVM members Sarah Edmondson and Mark Vicente focus on how their circle of mates in Vancouver — together with a number of well-known tv actors — had been lively within the cult, and The Vow has been meticulously peeling again the layers of how a few of them grew to become concerned in DOS, a secret society inside the cult the place girls had been made topic to master-slave relationships and branded.

Whereas acquainted faces — particularly if you happen to had been a fan of both Smallville or Battlestar Galactica — pop up up with some frequency in The Vow, some have acquired extra consideration than others. Here is a fast have a look at the entire celebrities identified to have been ensnarled in NXIVM to this point [NOTE: This is all public information that may or may not ultimately be revealed on The Vow, sp proceed with caution if you wish to remain in the dark.]

Allison Mack

Allison Mack starred for 9 seasons on the WB/CW collection Smallville, enjoying Clark Kent’s finest pal Chloe Sullivan. The character — and Mack in flip — was a fan favourite, and was considered one of solely two forged members, alongside with Tom Welling as Clark, who appeared as a daily forged member all through the complete collection run. In 2010, Mack started her involvement with NXIVM, and by 2017, when revelations concerning the cult started to go public, she had risen to a excessive stage within the group and was reportedly on the head of the DOS group. The model that the ladies in DOS got is reported to have been a mix of Mack’s (“AM”) and Keith Raniere’s (KR) initials. On April 20, 2018, Mack was arrested by the FBI on fees of intercourse trafficking, intercourse trafficking conspiracy, and compelled labor conspiracy.

Kristin Kreuk

Kristen Kreuk performed Clark Kent’s most important love curiosity Lana Lang for the primary seven seasons of Smallville (with a recurring position on the eighth). The Vancouver-born actress was one of many earliest movie star recruits into NXIVM, however it’s not clear whether or not Kreuk was the one who introduced Alison Mack into the group or whether or not they got here to it on the identical time. A while after this and earlier than the FBI crackdown, Kreuk left the group, and after federal fees had been filed, she launched an announcement that disavowed any participation within the higher ranges of NXIVM or DOS. She claimed that she took half in intensive seminars to assist fight her crippling shyness, however that she was by no means part of DOS and had left the group behind years earlier than. Different studies on the cult have alleged that Kreuk’s involvement was extra important.

Grace Park

Park was some of the in style stars of the acclaimed Syfy authentic collection Battlestar Galactica, enjoying a number of roles as clones concerned in an rebellion in opposition to humanity. After BSG, Park took a lead position on CBS’s Hawaii 5-0 for the present’s first seven seasons. Whereas Park has been proven in passing on The Vow, she hasn’t been the main focus of the story, and like Kreuk, she seems to have left the group earlier than the Feds cracked down. Nonetheless, as proven briefly on The Vow, Park did participate in what look like recruitment movies with Raniere.

Nicki Clyne

Park’s Battlestar Galactica co-star Nicki Clyne seems to have had a way more intense involvement in NXIVM. Clyne’s BSG character, Cally Tyrol, was extremely in style with followers, and when she was killed off early within the present’s fourth season, an surprising improvement that did not seem to have a lot build-up to it, there was a fan uproar. The truth is, Clyne would find yourself quitting performing altogether to commit herself to NXIVM full time, together with involvement within the DOS intercourse cult. When fees got here down on Raniere and Mack, Clyne was accused of marrying Mack underneath false pretenses to be able to evade U.S. immigration legal guidelines.

Catherine Oxenberg

Oxenberg starred within the fifth and sixth seasons of the landmark ABC primetime cleaning soap Dynasty, enjoying Amanda Carrington, daughter of Joan Collins’ Alexis. The daughter of Yugoslavian royalty, with blood ties to any variety of European princes and princesses, Oxenberg would later briefly be married to Hollywood mega-producer Robert Evans, and in 1999 she married Starship Troopers star Casper Van Dien. In 2011, Oxenberg launched her daughter to Keith Raniere and introduced her into NXIVM for self-help functions. After India grew to become closely concerned within the cult, Catherine tried in useless to get her out; India did go away the group after the FBI indictments.

Bonnie Piesse

Australian actress Bonnie Piesse might be finest identified for taking part in Aunt Beru within the second and third episodes of George Lucas’s Star Wars prequels, Assault of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Piesse married Mark Vicente and was one of many earliest to exit NXIVM after she started to listen to about DOS, since then turning into a vocal detractor of the group.

The Vow airs weekly on HBO Sunday nights at 10:00 PM ET by mid-October.

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Joe Reid is the Managing Editor at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Self-importance Truthful, The Herald Solar, Vulture, The A.V. Membership and extra.

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