Girlfriend Auditions and Scientology

​One of Tom Cruise’s past girlfriends claims she was “auditioned” by the Church of Scientology for the real life role of Mrs. Cruise.

According to an article in the October issue of Vanity Fair, the Church of Scientology organized a behind the scenes project to help Tom Cruise audition several women to be his wife before Katie Holmes was “selected” for the job. According to the Vanity Fair article which is somewhat of an expose on Scientology, the girlfriend auditions took place back in 2004 following Cruise’s marriage to Nicole Kidman and his brief relationship with actress Penelope Cruz.

In the article, it appears multiple sources told Vanity Fair that the controversial church interviewed a series of eligible single actresses who were Scientologists. The women were all told they were “auditioning for a new training film” and instead of auditioning for a film, the women were eventually all asked detailed questions about their sex lives and how they felt about Tom Cruise.

The Vanity Fair article says Iranian-born, London-raised actress and Scientologist Nazanin Boniadi was told by church officials that she had been selected “for a very important mission” after auditions in October of 2004. Following the month of daily “auditions” Boniadi was told she needed to make
some changes” including getting rid of her dental braces, removing the red colored highlights in her hair, ditching her current boyfriend, and ultimately sign a series of confidentiality agreements.

After Boniadi was selected, she dated Cruise for a brief three month period from November 2004 until January 2005. The church did not explain why it decided to terminate her relationship with Cruise at the time, but after Boniadi had told a friend about her relationship with Cruise, she was sent to Scientology's Celebrity Center in Florida where she was forced to dig ditches and clean toilets with a toothbrush in the middle of the night as a punishment for revealing her close ties to Cruise. Following her punishment duty at the Celebrity Center, Boniadi was then sent out to hawk copies of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s “Dianetics” books on street corners.

Although Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology both refused to be interviewed for the Vanity Fair article, a church spokesman did make a statement to the monthly magazine US Weekly that said Boniadi was a member of a “posse” of anti-Scientology apostates founded by self-admitted liars and suborners of perjury. The statement added “The entire story is hogwash. There was no project, secret or otherwise, ever conducted by the Church to find a bride by audition or otherwise for any member of the church. The allegation and entire premise of the Vanity Fair article is totally false and we have been denying this ridiculous tale since it first appeared in print four years ago.”

Although the church has made repeated claims of innocence, it sure looks like there was an elaborate auditioning process to find a suitable woman to marry Cruise. When things didn’t work out and actress Boniadi was deemed unsuitable, the organization cast her out and tried to destroy her life in the process, all very “un-churchlike” activities for an organization claiming a high purpose and noble goals. With Katie Holmes recent divorce from Cruise still lingering in the news today, it will not be a big surprise when more women who were “auditioned” for the job begin to tell their stories to the media. As for Ms. Boniadi, she is no longer involved in Scientology for obvious reasons.