Nazanin Boniadi: The Iranian who got away from Tom Cruise

Pre-Katie Holmes, actress Nazanin Boniadi auditioned to be Tom Cruise's girlfriend

Katie Holmes secretly filed her divorce from 'Mission Impossible' star Tom Cruise, so secret that it took Cruise by surprise.

Rumours suggest Katie wanted to escape the staunch Scientologist Tom Cruise whose life is completely governed by the cult religion.

She finally managed to escape, but it so happens that there were many others who escaped this strict Scientologist.

Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi, who is also a Scientologist, auditioned to be Mrs Tom Cruise.

Yes, that's true...auditioned!

After Cruise's 10 years long marriage broke with actress Nicole Kidman in 2001, he was not romantically linked with any girl for a long time.

The Church of Scientology took this situation into their own hands and wanted to find a good wife for this devoted member.

A report claims Tom Cruise and his Church embarked on a secret Scientology wife auditioning project.

In 2004 Tom and the church of Scientology devised an elaborate scheme to recruit existing Scientology members to become Tom’s new girlfriend.

Potential girlfriends were tricked into thinking they were auditioning for a new church training video. They were then asked questions like “what do you think of Tom Cruise?” and forced to divulge their sexual history and personal secrets.

The month-long process found Nazanin Boniadi, an Iranian-born actress.

Nazanin was then sent on her first date with Tom. She then signed a confidentiality agreement banning her from telling anyone about her new A-list boyfriend.

She moved into his apartment before the relationship soured a few months later. Boniadi soon ran afoul of both the church and Cruise.

London-raised actress Nazanin Boniadi couldn't take the pressure of being a high profile Scientologist's girlfriend.

By the end of January 2005 Cruise distanced himself from Boniadi and left it for others to tell her they had broken up.

Vanity Fair says dozens of actresses were auditioned for the role such as Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba and Sofia Vergara were approached.

In April 2005, Cruise settled for actress Katie Holmes and married her in 2006 in a Scientology ceremony attended by many Hollywood stars.

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