Tom Cruise has always maintained that a 2008 Vanity Fair article claiming Scientology officials auditioned dozens of women to be his next wife were a “complete fabrication” and a “pack of lies.” But now there’s another article in this month’s Vanity Fair in which Scientologist actress Nazanin Boniadi reveals that auditions DID take place, because she was one of the women auditioned.
Naturally, once Scientology got wind of the upcoming article and interview, they promptly issued a public statement claiming Boniadi didn’t know what the Xenu she was talking about and it was all lies. However, Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis — who left the Church of Scientology in 2009 after 35 years as a member, BTW — has since come forward to publicly back her claims. The Daily Mail says:
Hollywood heavyweight Paul Haggis has slammed the church [of Scientology] for the harsh treatment of Boniadi, which she allegedly received following a reported three month relationship with the actor in 2004.
Boniadi, then 24, was selected by Shelly Miscavige, wife of the church’s top official David Miscavige to be the megastar’s new partner.
[However], Boniadi was not affectionate enough towards her new boyfriend. Cruise was keen on extravagant romantic displays and complained that the actress would not reciprocate his grand gestures. Moreover, she was repeatedly in trouble for not respecting senior Scientologists – including Cruise himself.
The first time they met, she congratulated him on winning a medal from the church, which apparently [he took to mean] that she [felt] superior to him.
Also, she expected him to touch her “no-no place” without crying or making her wear a strap-on. If she would have just included that on her résumé, it would have saved them both a lot of time and ARC breaks.
At the Ischia Film Festival in a strapless silver dress like this one from Shoshanna: