Throwback Thursday: When Tom Cruise Found Love - and Scientology - 2015-02-26
This story first appeared in the March 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
At regular intervals, Tom Cruise's devotion to Scientology makes a media splash. One of the first to call attention to it was John Richardson in a 1993 story for Premiere magazine, to which Cruise heatedly objected (though that didn't keep him from appearing on the magazine's cover to promote Interview With the Vampire a year later). The actor had not participated in the article, which focused on his friendship with Scientology head David Miscavige and the high value the church places on recruiting celebrity members, but had answered the magazine's fact-checking questions, calling them "repulsive" and "offensive." The Scientology reaction was swift. "Within three days of them finding out I was doing the story, my neighbors were approached by people asking questions about me, and my wife got a call asking about our sex life — then later the magazine was threatened with lawsuits," Richardson tells THR today. "The creepiness of Scientology cannot be underestimated."