If you had a vague idea about a lesser known faith — Scientology being the reason behind the recent high-profile divorce of Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, shocking new revelations about the extent to which the religion controls Cruise’s life will send shivers down your spine.
An explosive cover story titled “What Katie Didn’t Know: Marriage, Scientology-Style,” by Maureen Orth in the October issue of Vanity Fair exposes a top-secret mission in 2004 that the Scientology undertook to find a girlfriend for Cruise.
The article describes “an elaborate auditioning process in which actresses who were already Scientology members were called in, told they were auditioning for a new training film, and then asked a series of curious questions including: ‘What do you think of Tom Cruise?” The girl who ‘passed’ the audition was Nazanin Boniadi, a London based actress of Iranian origin who has featured in shows such as General Hospital and How I Met Your Mother.
Boniadi dated Cruise from November 2004 to January 2005, after a month-long preparation, in which she was “audited” every day — a Scientology-based process in which she was made to reveal “her innermost secrets and every detail of her sex life.” She was also allegedly made to undergo a ‘makeover’ that included “losing her braces, the red highlights in her hair and her boyfriend”, after which she was flown to New York to meet Cruise.
The article goes on to claim that Boniadi was made to sign two confidentiality agreements, after which she was allowed to romance Cruise under close monitoring. Reportedly, she was uncomfortable with Cruise’s public display of affection which made him complain that “I get more love from an extra than I get from you.”
The relationship hit rough weather when Boniadi offended Cruise when she once said “very well done” to him, a phrase that implied Cruise was her junior in some way.
Orth reports that Boniadi also angered Cruise when she offended the head of Scientology, David Miscavige, by interrupting him and saying ‘excuse me?’ when he spoke too fast.
When she ended up confiding in a friend, an act that Scientology forbids, she was handed over the punishment to scrub toilets with a toothbrush, clean bathroom tiles with acid, and dig ditches in the middle of the night. She was later told that Cruise will now have to date someone with her ‘own power’, such as Nicole (actor Nicole Kidman, his ex-wife).
Boniadi later quit Scientology. In response to the story, Cruise’s spokesperson has issued a statement that says, “Lies in a different font are still lies —designed to sell magazines."