It seems like now that TomKat is divorced, the claws have come out, so to speak. In the latest report regarding the oddities of the couple's life, a story in Vanity Fair claims that the Church of Scientology held auditions to find Tom Cruise a wife after his divorce from Nicole Kidman. It's rather bizarre, although with everything published about Scientology, we can't say we're too shocked.
The auditions were allegedly so secret that the candidates didn't even know that they were taking place. Imagine: auditioning for a role you didn't even know you wanted. The story in Vanity Fair was written by Maureen Orth, who drew upon "several sources," including former Scientologists and Marc Headley, who left the church in 2005 thanks to help from police. Wait, you need help from police to leave the Church of Scientology? Good luck, Katie.
Headley reportedly saw a number of the audition tapes, which included actresses (who were Scientologists) being told they were auditioning for a role in a church training film. They were asked what they thought of Tom Cruise. One actress, Nazanin Boniadi, was said to be the first choice for Cruise, but after dating Cruise for just three short months in 2004 and 2005, she was sent to the Scientology center in Florida, where she was forbidden to speak of her relationship with Cruise.
When she did, in fact, confide in a friend about her time spent with the actor, she was allegedly punished, made to scrub toilets with a toothbrush and sell L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics on the street.
The church has very obviously denied these claims, saying that the allegations are nonsense from disgruntled ex-Scientologists. We have to wonder, though, what would make someone become disgruntled about being part of a church and part of a religion?
A church spokesperson told Vanity Fair, "The Church does not punish people, especially in [that] manner."
What do you guys think? Does this sound legit? True or not, it sounds pretty nutty, even for the Scientologists.