The Church of Scientology May Have Tried to Turn an Iranian Actress into a Suitable Tom Cruise CompanionS

When extraterrestrial acting android Tom Cruise split from Nicole Kidman in 2001, the Church of Scientology made every effort to ensure that its most photogenic saint didn't end up marrying some threesome-having, snaggle-toothed, flaxen-haired floozy — church officials were going to orchestrate Cruise's third marriage much the same way Disney casts smiling, inoffensive faces for its movies, at least according to Maureen Orth's cover story in October's Vanity Fair, provocatively titled "What Katie Didn't Know." So what didn't Katie Holmes know when she started riding around on Tom Cruise's motorcycle? For starters, that her relationship with Cruise followed closely the Church of Scientology's failed attempt to cast a young Iranian actress named Nazanin Boniadi in the role of Tom Cruise's next swing dance partner.

The Church denies that it meddled in Tom Cruise's sexytime lovelife, but Orth tells a more sordid story of the organization essentially making Nazanin Boniadi over into an appropriate Tom Cruise partner back in 2004. This process (cloaked under the innocuous sounding "special project" heading among Church officials) included extensive training for the Iranian-born actress/former med student and a makeover that included darkening her hair and straightening her teeth. The Herculean effort to make Boniadi acceptable to Cruise, however, proved futile — after a ritzy first date in New York, Boniadi apparently displeased Cruise by speaking out of turn to Church leader David Miscavige. She allegedly later earned ditch-digging duty from the Church for breaking her confidentiality agreement and displaying emotion to a friend after she and Cruise stopped seeing each other. Though news of arranged unions in Hollywood isn't earthshattering, if Orth's story proves accurate, the Church of Scientology has a particularly icky way of going about this matchmaking business. [Vanity Fair, NY Post]

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