That girlfriend, Naz Boniadi, was auditioned as a possible wife before Katie Holmes. After that incident, she never saw Cruise again. According to the book, her punishment for failure would include the cleaning of public toilets using only a toothbrush (Scientology officials have denied this).
By his own account, Cruise was “a functional illiterate” by the time he graduated high school. He suffered from dyslexia and was also the product of a troubled, chaotic upbringing. He was born in upstate Syracuse but spent much of his childhood in Canada. He was just 12 years old when his mother woke up early one morning, grabbed Cruise and his three sisters and fled from Cruise’s abusive father. They felt, he said, “like fugitives.”
They relocated to Glen Ridge, NJ, and after eking his way through high school, Cruise pursued his two main interests: spirituality and acting. Raised Catholic, he seriously considered becoming a priest, but as his nascent career took off he lost interest. Two roles would put him over the top: the lead role in 1983’s “Risky Business,” and the iconic part that would turn him into a global superstar: that of Maverick in “Top Gun.” The movie grossed nearly $350 million worldwide.
It was church leader Miscavige who took it upon himself to ensure that Cruise became a true believer, a stalwart who could spread the message.
Miscavige dropped out of high school in his sophomore year. According to the book, he was “sickened by the declining moral situation in schools illustrated by rampant drug use,” and devoted himself to the church. His devotion did not go unnoticed, and he was tapped by L. Ron Hubbard himself as heir to church leadership. (Hubbard died in 1986.)
Miscavige’s goal was mainstreaming Scientology, and Cruise was his best chance.
Miscavige had lower-tier Scientologists — most of whom averaged $50 a week in pay — tend to a private bungalow for Kidman and Cruise. A rose garden was planted, and when that wasn’t enough — the two of them daydreamed about romping through a field lush with wildflowers — Miscavige got to work on that, too, ordering its cultivation in the California desert. He was furious when that failed.
The marriage lasted for a number of years, but finally Cruise — and Scientology — turned against Kidman. After the filming of “Eyes Wide Shut” in 2001, Cruise said he wanted out of the marriage. Kidman, now pregnant, was stunned, and two months after they separated, she miscarried.
According to “Going Clear,” Kidman asked that the DNA from the fetus be preserved in order to prove that Cruise was the father. It’s possible she was protecting herself from spurious claims by the church.
Like Rogers before her, Kidman wanted to save the marriage, yet she, too, was dispatched with quickly. She had joint custody of their two adopted children, but Cruise’s army of Scientologists, especially actress Anne Archer’s son, Tommy Davis, “told them over and over again that their mother was a sociopath, and after a while they believed him.”
Now more than ever, the Church of Scientology was the most important thing in Tom Cruise’s life. He wasn’t just a movie star. He was a transformational leader in a church that claims 8 million members globally, a religious figure with true moral authority and the power to save the planet. Cruise came to believe he had special powers, that he was more equipped to helping a woman suffering postpartum depression than the medical establishment, that addicts would be better off consulting him than in rehab.
Cruise used his celebrity to lobby Bill Clinton and ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair in pursuit of tax breaks for the church, which ex-members say has at least $1 billion in holdings.
Cruise was elated yet distracted by more earthly concerns. He was openly complaining about his lack of a girlfriend, and so once again Miscavige tasked church members with solving this problem. Cruise himself held auditions at the Celebrity Centre, under the guise of casting for his next “Mission: Impossible” film. On his list: Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Garner, whom he found the most compelling.
Cruise, meanwhile, was consumed with his upward trajectory in the church. He had been awarded its Freedom Medal of Valor in 2004 and participated in a video celebrating himself, which leaked online in January 2008. “A Scientologist . . . has the ability to create new or better realities and conditions,” Cruise said. “I’m here to help.”
To his great surprise, not everyone wanted his help. On June 28, 2012, Holmes blindsided Cruise by filing for divorce while he was filming in Iceland. She hired three law firms and even used throwaway prepaid phones to talk with her lawyers and parents. According to reports, Holmes believed that Suri was about to undergo auditing at age 6, and Katie wanted her out of the religion.
For his part, Cruise believes his true aim in life is to convert all nonbelievers into the church, which, according to Scientology, will result in Earth’s salvation. “Look,” he said, “I wish the world was a different place. I’d like to go on vacation, and go and romp and play, you know what I mean? But I can’t. Because I know. I know. I have to do something about it. You can sit here and wish it was different, but there’s that moment where you go, ‘You know, I have to do something. Don’t I?’ ”
Source: New York Post