Ever since Vanity Fair’s cover story alleged that members of the Church of Scientology vetted possible wives for Tom Cruise, Nazanin Boniadi has been in the spotlight.
Little known if at all in the U.S., the Iranian-born, London-raised actress, whose friends call her “Naz,” has been referred to as the “Persian Audrey Hepburn.”
Obviously it didn’t work out for Nazanin Boniadi, who’s appeared on General Hospital and How I Met Your Mother, and Cruise, who wed Katie Holmes in 2006.
She isn’t quoted in the VF article, but director Paul Haggis (a known critic of the Church of Scientology) says that Boniadi shared her 2004-05 ordeal with him.
Boniadi hit it off with him at first, but refused to indulge Tom Cruise in public displays of affection and was ultimately dispatched by Scientology higher-ups.
From there she was sent to church headquarters in Florida, where she was punished and made to clean toilets with a toothbrush for speaking about Cruise.
Reps for Cruise have denied the contents of the article, as has the Church, but not before it further fed into the firestorm over Scientology’s cult-like reputation.
From the sound of it … Naz might’ve dodged a bullet on this one.