The process of finding Tom Cruise a potential wife through the Church of Scientology was revealed in Vanity Fair's October cover story by Maureen Orth.
Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology head David Miscavige, led the audition to find a suitable new Mrs. Cruise after his divorce from Nicole Kidman.
Actresses who were also Scientology members were called for the audition process held under the guise of "a new training film," according to the article.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who were married from 2006-2012, met at some point after this; it's unclear if she was also screened in this fashion.
It's pretty disturbing in any case if it's even half true.
Iranian-born actress Nazanin Boniadi, a strong candidate, passed the first stage of the audition process and then underwent a month-long preparation.
After a makeover and signing an NDA, she was set up with Cruise in November 2004 ... quickly realizing what her "very important mission" consisted of.
During their relationship, she was audited and spent 2-3 hours purging any "negative thoughts about Tom." Things went more or less well ... for a time.
Cruise started to have a series of complaints about her - read the full Vanity Fair expose for an explanation of what - and the relationship soon fizzled.Boniadi, who had moved in to Cruise's home and shared his bedroom, was asked by his people to move out of his house. He never spoke to her again.
After confiding in a Scientology friend about Cruise, she was ratted out.
Allegedly, she was forced to scrub toilets with a toothbrush, clean bathroom tiles with acid, and dig ditches in the middle of the night as punishments for even talking about her relationship with the M:I-Ghost Protocol star to others.
After that she was sent out to sell Scentology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics on street corners. Boniadi is no longer involved in Scientology.
A representative for Scientology, obviously, denied the story.