Rumors about Tom Cruise using his celebrity status and Scientology to find and audition potential wives have been around for a while now. As we previously posted here, Jennifer Garner was Tom’s first choice, and according to a high-ranking Scientology official, Katie Holmes was his last. PageSix.com reports:
…ex-Scientologist Marc Headley, abso-Xenu-lutely! Marc, who used to produce promotional films for the religion, spoke to Britain’s News of the World and said that following Tom’s split from Penelope Cruz in 2004, the megastar told his BFF (and head of Scientology) David Miscavige that he was having trouble meeting women. So the church sent out a casting call that said, “There’s an upcoming Tom Cruise movie you might get a part in. Come for an audition.” There were of course restrictions: You had to be single, pretty and in your twenties. While a few female Scientologists were rounded up – Traffic’s Erika Christensen and CSI: Miami’s Sofia Milos – they were all rejected as Tom focused his attention on bigger stars. “They went for Jennifer Garner, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba, in that order,” Marc says. “Jennifer and Jessica didn’t bite but Scarlett took the bait and came in for an audition. When she arrived and found out it was the Scientology Center in Hollywood, she freaked out and didn’t do a tape…”
Tom Cruise jumped on a couch on national television for the 3rd runner up, so I can only imagine what he would’ve done on Oprah if Scarlett Johansson would have said yes. I don’t want to speak for Tom, but I’m pretty sure his head would have exploded at some point.
Tom and Katie out to dinner with Forest Whitaker last week: