This Young Actress Could Have Been Tom Cruise’s Wife Instead of Katie Holmes

Sugar Daddy Tom Cruise And Katie HolmesThe Church of Sci­en­tol­ogy has con­tin­ued to main­tain their state­ment that there was never a secret project put into place to find Tom Cruise a young, suit­able wife. How­ever, var­i­ous reports are telling a very dif­fer­ent story.

Actress Nazanin Boniadi recently made her debut on the award-winning series Home­land, but a lot of peo­ple are still remem­ber­ing her as the young woman who briefly dated Cruise before he mar­ried Holmes—Boniadi was report­edly aggres­sively vet­ted by the church to marry Cruise, who is an avid fol­lower of the con­tro­ver­sial faith.

In Van­ity Fair, sources claimed that Boniadi dated Cruise for about two months. At first, the celebrity couple’s May-December rela­tion­ship was going well, even with the 20-year age dif­fer­ence between them. In the sec­ond month of their rela­tion­ship, things started going down­hill, and fast. Boniadi, who was a prac­tic­ing Sci­en­tol­o­gist at the time, was allegedly put through an extremely vig­or­ous screen­ing process in order for the church to deter­mine whether or not she was suit­able enough to be Cruise’s wife. Accord­ing to the in-depth arti­cle, the young woman was inter­viewed in detail about her sex life, forced to change her hair color, and asked to have her teeth filed down.

The arti­cle goes on to explain how Boniadi was sent to a Sci­en­tol­ogy cen­ter after the celebrity cou­ple broke up. After reveal­ing to a friend about what hap­pened while she was dat­ing Cruise, her “friend” reported her to the elder mem­bers of the church, who pun­ished her by mak­ing her scrub floors and toilets.

A few months after Cruise and Boniadi broke up, he started dat­ing Katie Holmes, who must have been deemed wor­thy by the church of Sci­en­tol­ogy because she became his wife shortly after. Mean­while, Boniadi never admit­ted or denied the reports, but she did end up leav­ing the church a few years later and even par­tic­i­pated in an anti-Scientology video.

What do you think: Would you let reli­gion stand in the way of your relationship?


Wyatt, D., “New Home­land Nazanin Boniadi ‘vet­ted by Sci­en­tol­o­gists to become Tom Cruise’s wife,’” The Inde­pen­dent web site, Octo­ber 9, 2013;

Photo Credit: Helga Esteb / (Tom Cruise), s_bukley / (Nazanin Boniadi)