Tom Cruise at 58: Scientology's biggest asset continues to avoid the tough questions - 2020-07-03
We have yet to see a reporter with access to Tom Cruise ask him about this: Sixteen years ago, in September 2004, Cruise dazzled the Scientologists assembled at an "Ideal Org" grand opening in Madrid by delivering a short speech in Spanish. When he was finished, he came off stage and shook hands with his great friend, Scientology leader David Miscavige.
Also in the front row of that Madrid audience was Shelly Miscavige, Dave's wife. And what very few people present that day knew was that at the time Shelly was working on a months-long project to find Cruise a new mate.
After Cruise's second marriage to Nicole Kidman ended in 2001 he dated Penelope Cruz, but that had also ended, and now the Miscaviges wanted to find Cruise a more suitable new partner, and preferably one from the ranks of fellow Scientologists. So that summer Shelly set up a series of "auditions" for actresses who didn't realize that the production they were trying out for was Tom's new romantic interest.