Tom Cruise and Scientology Auditioning Girlfriends?
You probably heard in the news yesterday that girlfriends for Tom Cruise were auditioned by the Church of Scientology.
The Church says the story is hogwash, but Oscar-winning director and former Scientologist Paul Haggis says actress Nazanin Boniadi was auditioned by the church to be Tom’s girlfriend.
In the October issue of Vanity Fair, a special correspondent writes that actresses were told they were auditioning for a training film, and asked, "What do you think of Tom Cruise?"
The article says Vanity Fair interviewed "several sources," says the entire arrangement was headed by the wife of Scientology chief David Miscavige.
Marc Headley, a former Scientologist, told Vanity Fair that he saw those audition tapes when he was the head of the church's in-house production studio.
"We assumed that this was going to be for "Mission Impossible 3," and then I later found out that it was just an audition process to try and find a girlfriend for Tom Cruise,".
Vanity Fair reports that "in a month-long preparation," Boniadi was "told to lose her braces, her red highlights and her boyfriend." The Iranian-born, London-raised actress even reportedly signed a confidentiality agreement and was told if she "messed up" she would be declared an enemy of Scientology, the magazine wrote.
The relationship ended in January 2005, the magazine reported, just three months before Cruise appeared in public with Katie Holmes. The article claims that Cruise wanted "someone with her own power, like Nicole Kidman."
Boniadi, the magazine writes, was then reportedly sent to a Scientology center where she broke down and revealed her relationship with Cruise to a friend, which supposedly violated her confidentially agreement. As punishment, Vanity Fair says her chores included "scrubbing toilets with a toothbrush, cleaning tiles with acid and digging ditches in the middle of the night."
The Church of Scientology, however, denied this to the magazine, saying, "The Church does not punish people, especially in that way."