2005, if you’ll remember, was a very fateful year in the life of Katie Holmes. In 2005, Katie’s engagement to Chris Klein ended, and a few weeks after that, she began dating Tom Cruise. Shortly after that, she converted to Scientology, and shortly after that, they got engaged. In the midst of all that, she had her role in Batman Begins, and she gave an interview to W magazine to promote it.
Now that this big ol’ mess of a divorce is happening, past interviews of Katie’s are being brought up again, sort of in an attempt to piece together what really happened, but mostly because it’s really interesting to think about Tom Cruise’s batshit crazy religion and how that poor girl from Dawson’s Creek fit into the scheme of things. In that spirit, let’s go ahead and review some excerpts from that 2005 interview, all right?
It’s assumed that Katie Holmes will soon sever her ties with the Church of Scientology — just as she’s severing her marital ties with Tom Cruise, the religion’s most famous member. The latest issue of Us Weekly reports that the spouses of nearly six years fought “viciously” over raising daughter Suri, 6, by the bizarre guidelines of Scientology parenting, and Holmes ceased attending her own classes over a year ago.
But back in 2005, Holmes was a twentysomething actress deliriously in love — promoting her role in Batman Begins and her shockingly fast-tracked relationship with Cruise, now 50.
In a somewhat infamous, creepy 2005 interview with W magazine, Holmes gushed about her new man and explained her newfound interest in Scientology. (W reports that that Holmes, raised Catholic, announced her conversion to the faith “three days later” after the sit-down.)
“You know, it’s really exciting,” Holmes, now 33, said at the time. “I just started auditing. . . and I’m taking some courses, and I really like it. I feel it’s really helping. What I like about it is that, you know, I was raised Catholic, and you can be a Catholic and a Scientologist, Jewish and a Scientologist.”
Added the Dawson’s Creek alum: “I’m learning to celebrate my own spirit, my own being.”
Present throughout the chat was Jessica Rodriguez, who W describes as the star’s “Scientologist chaperone,” who even feeds Holmes a line as she gushes about Cruise to W: “You adore him,” Rodriguez tells her. (W points out that the official role of Rodriguez — born into a family of Scientologists and educated at schools with ties to the religion — is never explained.)
“I’ve never met anyone like Tom,” Cruises exclaims. “Tom and I will always be in our honeymoon phase . . . Tom is the most incredible man in the world.”
Shooting down worries that Cruise is controlling her, Holmes replied: “That’s really ludicrous because, I mean, you have to know Tom. He is the most loving, generous man who… first of all, he wants to help people. He doesn’t put pressure on people. He is the kindest, smartest, most adoring man. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to be with him.”
In November 2006, Holmes and Cruise (parents to newborn Suri) tied the knot in Italy.
Things are a little different today. Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise June 28, asking for sole legal custody of Suri. This past Friday, she spent a marathon session at the midtown Manhattan offices of her attorney, as new reports suggest she and Cruise’s legal teams are working out a full settlement.
Wait, you can be a Catholic and a Scientologist at the same time? Does that mean that you go to auditing and confession? Do you take communion then praise L. Ron Hubbard? How does Scientology’s belief in reincarnation fit with Catholicism’s idea of the afterlife? How can someone chill up in heaven if they have to live another life based on their thetans and e-meters or whatever?
And why does Katie talk about Tom Cruise like he’s her leader instead of her boyfriend? “Tom is the most incredible man in the world,” “he wants to help people,” “it’s a pleasure and a privilege to be with him.” Honestly. Does that sound like true love to you, or does it sound more like brainwashing?
And don’t even get me started on “you adore him.” This is the creepiest interview that ever happened.