In October’s Vanity Fair, reporter Maureen Orth claims that in 2004, high-ranking Scientology officials lead by religion leader David Miscavige’s wife “auditioned” candidates to play the role of Tom Cruise’s betrothed.
The trials allegedly worked like this: Current members of the church were brought in under the guise that they were auditioning for a new training film. They answered a series of innocuous questions, one of which was “What do you think of Tom Cruise?”
One actress, then-24-year-old, pre–How I Met Your Mother Nazanin Boniadi (left), made such an impression on the casting couch that she was told she was selected for “a very important mission.” (Cue Mission: Impossible music.) Boniadi was then told to break up with her boyfriend and began dating Cruise. The report claims that she then moved in with the famous scientologist and was given a credit card, probably to by all sorts of cool spy gear from Brookstone and Sharper Image for her “very important mission.”
While the legitimacy of the story still remains to be seen, it can be confirmed that Cruise and Boniadi, who was nearly half his age, dated from 2004 to 2005. Apparently things soured when Cruise’s displays of affection became too great for her to handle. Boniadi signed a confidentiality agreement with the church and when she broke the terms of that agreement by discussing her relationship with a friend, she was punished. Her penance for an act of treason? She was subjected to “scrubbing toilets with a toothbrush, cleaning tiles with acid and digging ditches in the middle of the night.”
The Church of Scientology is, of course, refuting all of these claims, yet ex-member and Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis has stepped forth to legitimize the story. Haggis wrote in an email:
I was deeply disturbed by how the highest ranking members of a church could so easily justify using one of their members; how they so callously punished her and then so effectively silenced her when it was done.
It appears that those Scientology matchmakers are at it again! Or at least some internet trolls are looking to make sure Cruise has love in his life. This Craigslist ad, titled “Movie Star Looking For Fourth Wife — 50 (Hollywood),” popped up in the personals section of the site.
Perhaps Cruise is taking cues from fellow Scientologist John Travolta, who has a proclivity for soliciting a male masseurs for randy rubdowns.