Missionary impossible: I wasn't on Cruise shortlist, says Scarlett
Actress fumes after former Scientologist says she was auditioned to be the actor's girlfriend
Scarlett Johansson has been made to deny “demeaning” claims that she “auditioned” to be the girlfriend of Tom Cruise after a former Scientologist said she was among a number of women shortlisted for the position.
Brendan Tighe, who used to work as a security guard for the famously exclusive church, gave an interview to US broadcaster Megyn Kelly in which he spoke about his time with Cruise, famously Scientology’s poster boy.
Johansson has denied Tighe’s claims, saying: “The very idea of any person auditioning to be in a relationship is so demeaning. I refuse for anyone to spread the idea that I lack the integrity to choose my own relationships. Only a man aka Brendan Tighe would come up with a crazy story like that.”
Tighe, who was born into the church, gave his first television interview to NBC, and in it discussed reports of “auditions” to find Cruise’s new girlfriend.
When Kelly asked about these alleged auditions, Tighe said: “Purely by accident, a bunch of reports kept coming to my printer by mistake.” These reports had been made by Tommy Davis, Cruise’s former personal handler, who would interview people to be Cruise’s “second dynamic” – or romantic partner.
It was this method, Tighe alleged, that led to Cruise embarking upon a relationship with Katie Holmes after his divorce from Nicole Kidman.
Tighe also claimed that an audition took place with Johansson, and that the report specified that it “didn't go well” because she wasn’t interested.
Tighe added that the report also claimed that “another actress, Erika Christensen, had to disconnect from Scarlett Johansson because it didn’t go well. That was in that report.”
The Church of Scientology also denied Tighe’s claims regarding his role with Cruise. Karin Pouw told Kelly: “Brendan Tighe was a Church of Scientology Flag Service Organisation security guard/night watchman from 2002 to 2009. The ‘access’ he boasts of having was largely limited to viewing security cameras from a guard booth. He was removed from that position for dereliction of duty.”
However, Tighe is not the first to mention the audition process to find Cruise a “2D”.
In 2012, Vanity Fair claimed that actress Nazanin Boniadi was reportedly selected and was in a relationship with the actor from November 2004 to January 2005. At the time, Scientology representatives denied that any such search took place and dismissed several of the story’s sources as disgruntled apostates.
Church leader David Miscavige and Tom Cruise declined to be interviewed.