Tom Cruise Actress tells: ‘I auditioned to be Tom’s wife!’
More details about the A-list actor’s odd methods of ‘recruiting’ girlfriends have emerged, p plus rumours that he may be auditioningg again g
For years it’s been rumoured that the Church of Scientology, of which Tom Cruise is a high-ranking member, has been actively involved in his love life. And sources have claimed Tom is now working with the church again in a bid to find wife number four.
Recently, actress and former Scientologist Cathy Schenkelbergg spoke out about her own unknowing audition for the role. She claims that members of the church hired her to do a video disseminating Scientology beliefs to non-scientologists in 2003, and that she later discovered she’d been an unwitting candidate to be the next Mrs Cruise.
“The guy running the camera asked me, ‘What do you think of Tom Cruise?’ I was like, ‘I really don’t like him. I think he’s a narcissist’, and he excused me from the audition. I said, ‘Am I done?’ And he’s like, ‘Well yeah’. I was taken aback. I walked out and this actress said to me, ‘ You know that was an audition to be Tom Cruise’s girlfriend?’ ”
Cathy isn’t the only one who claims to have been a part of the unusual process 54-year-old Tom allegedly uses to find romantic partners. As Woman’s Day reported back in 2013, Anette Johansen, 39, a former Scientologist from Norway, says she was auditioned for the role of Tom’s girlfriend in 2005, after his r relationship with Penelope Cruz e ended and before he started d dating Katie Holmes. Actresses J Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth and S Scarlett Johansson were all a allegedly wife candidates, but f failed to make the cut.
Although both Tom and the c church deny they have conductedd a project to find him a bride, K Karen Pressley, a former member r o of the controversial religion, says s sources within the church have t told her about the way Tom’s relationship with Homeland actress Nazanin Boniadi in 2004 was allegedly orchestrated.
“[A high-ranking Scientologist] was assigned to grooming and prepping Nazanin for her ultimate role of dating Tom,” says Karen.
“They spent approximately $27,000 at places like Burberry and Ralph Lauren to give her a wardrobe that was suitable,” she reveals.
As previously reported, Iranian-born actress Nazanin, who has starred in hit shows How I Met Your Mother and Scandal, lived with Tom for a couple of months in 2004 before he called time on their relationship.
According to Karen, Nazanin, now 37, was planted in the role of Tom’s girlfriend by Scientology members because she fit specific requirements: she was beautiful, she had a great smile, she was intelligent and she was also a dark brunette.
Nazanin was a dedicated Scientologist in the 2000s, reportedly setting a record for selling the church’s books, before leaving the religion for good. Karen says she fell foul of the church for telling friends what it was like to live with Tom.
“Her friend reported this to an authority, and Nazanin got in trouble,” Karen says. “She was assigned to a disciplinary program… [soon she was] on her hands and knees cleaning floors with a toothbrush. It was humiliating.”
‘I really don’t like him. I think he’s a narcissist’
Cathy Schenkelberg didn’t realise she was auditioning for the part of wife.