Ex-scientologist Marc Headley, who used to produce promo films for the cult, claims that Tom Cruise had a hard time landing a girlfriend after his split from Penelope Cruz in 2004 so he did what any self-respecting man would do and set up a series of fake casting calls to find himself a wife. Actresses targeted included Jennifer Garner, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba.
So Miscavige assigned a high-ranking official with the order: ‘Find a wife for Tom Cruise.’ “The official put out a casting call to female actresses, including Scientologists, saying, ‘There’s an upcoming Tom Cruise movie you might get a part in. Come for an audition.’ But in the end no movie was made. They had to be single, they had to be pretty and in their 20s. “First they rounded up Scientologist actresses like Erica Christensen, Erica Howard and Sofia Milos. But they were all rejected.” The unnamed official then tried to lure Electra star Garner – who had just started dating Ben Affleck at the time – with the beauty ranked top of the priority list, before Holmes was spotted gushing about Cruise and called to Los Angeles to meet the actor.
Headley adds, “Then… they went for Jennifer Garner, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba, in that order. They came up with the same plan. Jennifer and Jessica didn’t bite but Scarlett took the bait and came in for an audition.When she arrived at the audition address and found out it was the Scientology Center in Hollywood she freaked out and didn’t do a tape… “So they worked the audition tape on Katie, got her to L.A. and introduced her to Tom. The moment he meets her, he’s enthralled with her and he told Miscavige later, ‘I knew immediately she was the one.'”
Creepy? Yes. Effective? Totally. This is how I met my current girlfriend. The one handcuffed to the radiator. The one chained to the basement I met at the park.