Actor Tom Cruise, who will be soon celebrating his 50th birthday, opened up about his work ethic, his crazy antics, his wife Katie Holmes, Scientology and even plastic surgery in a tell-all interview for the upcoming June 2012 issue of Playboy Magazine to promote his latest movie “Rock of Ages.”
Tom vehemently denies going under the knife, saying “I haven’t, and I never would.” Never say never. What’s the actor’s secret to staying young, and relatively sane and success? His wife, his family, his work and Scientology of course. Here are some highlights:
On Katie Holmes: “She is an extraordinary person, and if you spent five minutes with her, you’d see it. Everything she does, she does with this beautiful creativity. She’s funny and charming, and when she walks into the room, I just feel better. I’m a romantic. I like doing things like creating romantic dinners, and she enjoys that. I don’t know what to say—I’m just happy, and I have been since the moment I met her. What we have is very special.”
On career, values and work ethic: “I’ve always had the same values. Family for me has always been important. When I shoot, everybody comes. When Kate’s shooting, I’m there with her and the kids. We’re always together. I’m always around my mother and sisters. I always wanted to be a father, a husband. And I’ve always had a work ethic.”
On Scientology [vague]: “What’s interesting is, if I don’t talk about my religion, if I say I’m not discussing it or different humanitarian things I’m working on, they’re like, “He’s avoiding it.” If I do talk about it, it becomes, “Oh, he’s proselytizing.” Reviewing the whole thing and how things can be edited and misinterpreted, I decided, You know what? Here’s the deal. I take responsibility for what happened, but everyone now knows that if I am dealing with humanitarian things, I will talk about that. When I’m promoting a film, I’m not going to get caught up in anything else, and that includes all my personal things.”
On his crazy antics (Oprah couch jumping incident, bashing Brooke Shields for taking antidepressant for postpartum depression, etc.): “I agree with you, and I never meant it that way. When I go back and look at it, I find myself thinking, I don’t feel that way. I get how it came across, but I don’t feel that way, and I never have. Telling people how to live their lives? I saw how that came across and how pieces were edited… But it was important to me to take responsibility, take a hard look and decide where I go from here. That time was interesting. It was that moment when the internet had really spun out. It was a learning experience for all of us, how these things go. All you can do is learn and say, “This is the way it’s going to go from now on. Here is the line.”
The “Mission Impossible” actor confessed that he doesn’t think refuting rumors that are published about him helps, but claimed he is not afraid to do so and sue when he feels like some limits have been crossed, especially when it comes to his family.