just got a little bit more spookier. According to Vanity Fair
, Katie Holmes
was not the religious sects first choice for the Top Gun.
According to the mags writer Maureen Orth,
the Church of Scientology auditioned multiple actresses to date Cruise, however, the women thought they were auditioning for a Scientology training film.The project was run by Scientology leader David Miscavige’s wife Shelly in 2004, although the church denies it ever existed and dismissed the sources as disgruntled former Scientologists.
Marc Headley, who wrote the Scientology expose “Blown for Good,” claimed Cruise watched several audition tapes. After an intensive screening process, the Church eventually chose British-Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi, according to Vanity Fair. She was reportedly ordered to change her hair color, dump her boyfriend and swear to secrecy before dating Cruise from November 2004 until January 2005.
During the brief relationship, Orth wrote, Boniadi was reported to Scientology officials for any minor slight against Cruise or David Miscavige, and her only source of income was a credit card from Cruise’s production company.
In January 2005, the Church of Scientology told Boniadi the relationship was over because Cruise wanted “someone with her own power – like Nicole [Kidman],” according to Vanity Fair.By April 2005, Cruise and Holmes were publicly dating. They married and had a daughter, Suri Cruise, in 2006.
The high profile couple divorce settlement was finalized in July, whereas they reached a private divorce settlement and custody agreement.
The New York Daily News Contributed to this report.