Did Tom Cruise Really Hold Scientology Wife Auditions Before Picking Katie Holmes?
File this under Hollyweird. The Church of Scientology reportedly auditioned several wives for their favorite follower Tom Cruise before he married Katie Holmes.
After two failed marriages, one to actress Mimi Rogers from 1987 t0 1990 and the other to Nicole Kidman from 1990 to 2001, the mega-superstar was allegedly fed up with the traditional ways of meeting women. It’s not like the actor could create a profile on Match.com or attend a singles mixer. So, instead, Tom did what any actor would do: he held an auditions.
According to a special report by Maureen Orth in the October issue of Vanity Fair, the wife of Scientology chief David Miscavige was put in charge of finding Tom a new wife in 2004, right around the time he split from Academy Award-winning actress Penelope Cruz. Potential wives for the now 50-year-old were brought in under the false pretense that they were auditioning for a role in a film and asked a series of revealing questions like, “What do you think of Tom Cruise?” According to Marc Headley, the author of Scientology expose, Blown for Good, who reportedly watched several of the audition tapes, “It’s not like you only have to please your husband—you have to toe the line for Scientology.”
After an extensive interview process, a 32-year-old Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi (pictured above) was selected to date Cruise in November 2004 through January 2005. According to VF, “Initially, she was told only that she had been selected for a very important mission. In a month-long preparation in October 2004, she was audited every day, a process in which she told a high-ranking Scientology official her innermost secrets and every detail of her sex life. Boniadi allegedly was told to lose her braces, her red highlights, and her boyfriend. According to a knowledgeable source, she was shown confidential auditing files of her boyfriend to expedite a breakup. (Scientology denies any misuse of confidential material.) The source says Boniadi signed a confidentiality agreement and was told that if she ‘messed up’ in any way she would be declared a Suppressive Person (a pariah and enemy of Scientology).”
After meeting at Nobu for dinner, Boniadi and Cruise hit it off and even spent the night together at Trump Tower, although sources claim they did not have sex. While Cruise reportedly told Boniadi during their date, “I’ve never felt this way before,” things soon fell apart. Cruise began to smother Boniadi and she backed away causing Cruise to complain, “I get more love from an extra than I get from you.” By January 2005, the relationship was over. The Church of Scientology reportedly told Boniadi that Cruise wanted “someone with her own power—like Nicole [Kidman].”
Ouch! Cruise and Holmes’ whirlwind romance begin in early 2005. The couple wed in Italy after only seven months of dating and Holmes gave birth to their daughter Suri in 2006. In June 2012, Katie filed for divorce and it was rumored that Scientology was a major reason.