Devoted to Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman once studied hard to become a Scientologist, report says

Thirty years on, the 11-year marriage between Tom Cruise and
Nicole Kidman continues to be a source of fascination and
speculation, in part because of the “Top Gun” star’s devotion
to the controversial Church of Scientology.

The famous ex-spouses met when megastar Cruise summoned the
young, beautiful but little-known Australian actress to audition to
be his leading lady in his race car movie “Days of
Thunder.”

Kidman, then just 21, has said in interviews that she
immediately felt the electricity when she shook his hand.
Meanwhile, Cruise was still married to Mimi Rogers, but he also was
falling head over heels in love with Kidman, according to
a new report by The Daily Beast
.

So Cruise, now 57, turned to his friends in the Church of
Scientology to help facilitate his divorce from wife no. 1 and pave
the way for him to marry Kidman, The Daily Beast said.

From then on, the cult-like religion remained a factor in the
marriage, with ebbs and flow of influence over Cruise and Kidman
individually, their relationship and their choices about parenting
their two children, Isabella and Connor, the Daily Beast said.

Scientology’s influence over Kidman was strongest in the very
beginning of the marriage when she was eager to play the role of
dutiful wife — despite the fact that she was raised Catholic. She
studied Scientology courses and worked her way up the so-called
Scientology ladder, the Daily Beast said.

“She did Scientology courses. She was really dedicated,”
said journalist Tony Ortega who specializes in covering the
organization for his website The Underground Bunker. “I talked to
her auditor, Bruce Hines, and she got all the way up to OT II in
two years. That means she was doing Scientology pretty much
full-time for two straight years.”

OT II refers to a spiritual rank of the practice, known as
Operating Theten (OT) levels, according to The Daily Beast and the
site WhatisScientology.org.

After one achieves full control over one’s thoughts —
reaching the state of “clear” — they may work their way up
“The Bridge to Total Freedom” through the OT levels, the Daily
Beast said. Scientologists are taught that people who have reached
the OT levels exist in the “highest state” because they have
control over “matter, energy, space and time.”

Dr.
William Harford (Tom Cruise) and Alice Harford (Nicole Kidman) in
Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut.” (Photo by Warner
Bros) (Warner Bros.)

At one point, Kidman and Cruise were studying together at
“Gold Base,” the organization’s international headquarters in
Riverside County, said Mike Rinder, a former senior executive in
the Church of Scientology. Rinder told the Daily Beast he remembers
driving Kidman to the Riverside Airport so she could catch a flight
to go to a film shoot. His impression then was that Kidman was not
“gushingly enthusastic about Scientology.”

One possible reason for Kidman’s growing wariness is that her
father, Dr. Antony Kidman, was a prominent psychologist and
academic in Australia. Scientology opposes both the practices of
psychology and psychiatry.

“In the eyes of Scientology, not only is psychiatry the evil
that has plagued mankind since the beginning of time and are the
slave masters trying to enslave all of mankind, but anybody who
sympathizes or agrees with them is also in the enemy camp, and
anybody who’s been treated by them is in the enemy camp,”
Rinder told the Daily Beast. “Nicole always had this cloud
hanging over her head.”

Two years into the marriage, Kidman became fed up with David
Miscavige, the church’s leader, and left Scientology, the Daily
Beast reported. Cruise then was probably the organization’s most
prominent celebrity member — aside from John Travolta — but he
actually joined his wife in becoming estranged from the
organization during the mid- to late-1990s, the Daily Beast added.
This was especially true during the 15 months when the stars were
essentially sequestered in the U.K., filming Stanley Kubrick’s
1990 erotic drama “Eyes Wide Shut.”

When Cruise stopped checking in with Miscavige on a regular
basis, the Scientology leader decided it was time to break up the
marriage, Scientology executive Marty Rathbun said in the 2015 HBO
documentary, “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of
Belief.”

“I was assigned to get him back in… and I was to facilitate
the breakup with Nicole Kidman [through] a lot of auditing,”
Rathbun alleged in the documentary, the Daily Beast reported.
“Miscavige really wanted to get (Cruise) back in to being
somebody he could use to lure people into Scientology, and increase
his own status.”

Rinder agreed that Miscavige had a strong reason for wanting to
get Kidman out of Cruise’s life.

“As soon as Nicole became in any way disaffected with
Scientology or unwilling to continue, she became a liability in
Miscavige’s mind to Tom Cruise being a good Scientologist and
promoting Scientology, so she had to be gotten rid of,” Rinder
told The Daily Beast.

It’s not clear if and how Scientology allegedly helped
facilitate Cruise and Kidman’s breakup, but the Daily Beast
report makes it sound as though Cruise, at some point, had himself
become disenchanted with the marriage.

Rathbun said in the documentary that Cruise asked his
Scientologist friends to help him keep tabs on his wife, including
by having her phone tapped.

Rathbun has since rejoined the church. In a statement to the
Daily Beast, Scientology “categorically” denies that Rathbun or
anyone else in the church was involved in Cruise and Kidman’s
breakup. The church also denies receiving reports on Kidman or
having someone put a wiretap on her phone.

Since their 2001 divorce, neither Cruise nor Kidman has said
anything about the reasons for the divorce. But there has long
been speculation that Cruise’s Scientology faith played a role.
Kidman never became a Scientologist, which supposedly made her
what’s known in Scientology parlance as a “suppressive
person,” or “SP.”

Meanwhile, a 2018 essay that Kidman wrote for New York
magazine’s issue on women and power reflected somewhat on

the power dynamics
in her marriage to Cruise.

In the essay, the Oscar winner described herself as a young
actress who didn’t have that much influence in Hollywood when she
was married to Cruise. Kidman’s comments about Cruise came about
in reference to the #MeToo movement and to sexual harassment in
Hollywood.

“I married for love, but being married to an extremely
powerful man kept me from being sexually harassed,” Kidman wrote.
“I would work, but I was still very much cocooned.”

In this essay, Kidman apparently meant to say that she didn’t
marry Cruise to get movie parts, as was once speculated early in
her career. But her comment about seeking Cruise’s
“protection” raised questions about whether Cruise was able to
use his relative power in the marriage as an advantage in the
divorce, especially when it came to custody of Isabella and
Connor.

Reports have circulated that Scientology worked to estrange
Kidman from Isabella and Connor after the divorce. Isabella and
Connor were raised as Scientologists and decided to live with their
father and remain devoted to the organization.

Last year, Kidman
broke her silence
on her relationship with her now adult
children in an interview with Australia’s Who magazine. She
acknowledged that their Scientology faith had created a distance
between them.

“They are adults,” the “Bombshell” star said. “They
are able to make their own decisions. They have made choices to be
Scientologists and as a mother, it’s my job to love them.”

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Following her divorce from Cruise, Kidman met and married
country star Keith Urban and, together, they had two daughters,
Sunday Rose, 11, and Faith Margaret, 8.

Cruise, meanwhile, once again became Scientology’s leading
brand ambassador, receiving the church’s first ever Freedom Medal
of Valor in 2004 for his efforts to bring “greater freedom to
mankind.”

Cruise also married again — to actress Katie Holmes. He and
Holmes together had a daughter, Suri, now 13. But Cruise’s
marriage to Holmes didn’t last and they divorced in 2012, with
reports alleging that Holmes was concerned about Suri being raised
to be a Scientologist.

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Devoted to Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman once studied hard to become a Scientologist, report says