In a recent interview with Vulture, award-winning actress Thandie Newton opened up about many of her worst experiences in Hollywood, including a cringe-inducing story with Tom Cruise on the set of Mission: Impossible 2.
i interviewed thandie newton, who was so incredibly honest and vulnerable. a true gift: https://t.co/I4ccg4V7Ke— E. Alex Jung (@E. Alex Jung) 1594127198.0
In her story, Newton described Cruise's strangely aggressive behavior on set as well as the quick growth of one of his zits.
"Oh, I was never asked. I was so scared of Tom. He was a very dominant individual."
"He tries superhard to be a nice person. But the pressure. He takes on a lot. And I think he has this sense that only he can do everything as best as it can be done."
thandie newton telling this tom cruise story ....... yes i’ll be thinking about it for a long time… https://t.co/Wl5LJosX5G— positive attitude hunter™️ (@positive attitude hunter™️) 1594125818.0
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Leah Remini praised Newton for her bravery, saying:
"That takes huge balls to do what she did, and if more people speak out in that way, and be brave enough to do so, I think we might get somewhere."
"Tom has gotten away with being this 'nice guy,' because that's what Scientology policy says—to create good PR in the world and make those 'good actions' known. But if you actually look at his actions, they're not consistent."
@e_alexjung I have read and re-read the Tom Cruise portion of the interview several times. My hope is that someone… https://t.co/FMQEOCFK5i— Erin M (@Erin M) 1594128589.0
Remini, who very publicly left Scientology after 30 years, went on to say:
"He can't keep a f–kin' marriage together, he's jumping on couches, he's acting like he knows anything about postpartum. I learned pretty quickly that that's not something you should be doing, because Tom Cruise is considered a messiah in Scientology."
"This is a man who has not even seen his own daughter in years. That this guy can be running around and having people think he's this super-nice guy, I don't get it. But that's the Hollywood-bullsh*t game people play."
@hunteryharris ”It would take anyone else 48 hours to manifest a zit.”— Zandashé L’orelia Brown (@Zandashé L’orelia Brown) 1594128117.0
Twitter users were both horrified and fascinated by Newton's story.
Thandie Newton watching a zit growing on tom cruise’s face in record time https://t.co/AzAdvOgOux— riley keough’s lyme disease (@riley keough’s lyme disease) 1595102802.0
Many online also admired Newton's candid thoughts on the state of sexism in the movie industry.
@e_alexjung I already see "Tom Cruise" trending, like that's the biggest takeaway from this revelatory interview. H… https://t.co/DslvTNkcHj— Jennifer Mascia (@Jennifer Mascia) 1594135363.0
Thandie Newton DGAF about the toxic business she works in (and I haven't even screenshotted the insane Tom Cruise a… https://t.co/3A8C2wEgy2— Alan Sepinwall (@Alan Sepinwall) 1594128789.0
this is a thandie newton stan account now https://t.co/C7DsSKRA3D— Imani Gandy ☄️🌏🔥 (@Imani Gandy ☄️🌏🔥) 1594133488.0
Yes, we’re all talking about Thandie Newton’s Tom Cruise story BUT what really stuck out to me was this Charlie’s A… https://t.co/X4FOMyE7Eg— Sade Sellers (@Sade Sellers) 1594142519.0
Many were unsurprised by this most recent instance of Tom Cruise acting strangely.
People overuse "brave" too much. Esp., celebrities. This isn't "brave." Saying that Tom Cruise scared you, becau… https://t.co/vSk6MzHUna— Brian Lockett (@Brian Lockett) 1595791774.0
@MarlowNYC @thedailybeast @LeahRemini @thandienewton Tom Cruise creeps me out— Marie Andersen (@Marie Andersen) 1595556950.0
Remini is sure to share more thoughts about Cruise and Scientology in her new podcast "Scientology: Fair Game."