New Delhi: The Church of Scientology held secret auditions to find a girlfriend and future wife for actor Tom Cruise, a powerful and dedicated member of the faith. The revelation was made by Cruise's divorced wife Katie Holmes in an interview to the Vanity Fair magazine.
Vanity Fair's special correspondent Maureen Orth said that in 2004 Scientology embarked on a top-secret project headed by Shelly Miscavige, wife of Scientology chief David Miscavige, which involved finding a girlfriend for Tom Cruise.
"The organization devised 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 magazine said Scientology representatives have denied that "any such search
took place and have dismissed several of the story’s sources as disgruntled apostates."
Actress Nazanin Boniadi, an Iranian-born, London-raised actress and Scientologist, was selected during the audition and dated Cruise from November 2004 until January 2005.
In startling details coming to light in the new Vanity Fair story, Boniadi was allegedly told that she had been selected for a very important mission. The magazine claimed that 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."
In November 2004 Boniadi was flown to New York, where she met Cruise. The magazine said that "though the first month of the relationship was bliss, by the second month Boniadi was more and more often found wanting." Orth quoted a "knowledgeable source" saying that anything she said or did that Cruise found fault with he immediately reported to a member of the Scientology staff, and she would be audited for it.
She got into trouble with her very first words to him, "Very well done," regarding Cruise receiving Scientology's Freedom Medal of Valor. The phrase implied that Cruise was her junior. Boniadi also offended Scientology chief David Miscavige, who speaks rapidly, because she kept saying, "Excuse me?" when she was entertaining him and his wife during a visit to Telluride. Because in Scientology, the ability to have your communication "land" is crucial. This is what Vanity Fair had to say about their relation.
"According to Orth, Boniadi was in love with Cruise, but the intensity of his affection, especially his predilection for public displays, overwhelmed her. “I get more love from an extra than I get from you,” the actor reportedly complained. Every day Boniadi spent two to three hours purging herself of "negative thoughts about Tom." She felt completely shut off; her only source of money was a credit card issued in the name of Cruise’s production company.
"Following the alleged episode with Miscavige, Cruise barely acknowledged Boniadi, though she had moved into his house and they shared a bedroom. By the third week in January, she was asked to move into Scientology’s Celebrity Centre. Boniadi was told that Cruise "wants someone with her own power - like Nicole." When she asked why Cruise would not break up with her himself, she was told he was not to be disturbed. A Scientology official allegedly told her, by way of explanation, "Naz, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink."