Religion in Society

Tom Cruise Defends Scientology

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Tom Cruise opens up about misconceptions and rumors about him, Scientology, and Katie Holmes in the June 2012 issue of Playboy magazine.

The actor, who turns 50 in July stars in the upcoming film, Rock of Ages which hits theaters on June 1.

On ignoring misconceptions and rumors about him: 
“Does refuting things help?  Not really.  There comes a point when you just have to go, You know what?  Here’s how I’ve lived my life: I’ve never been late to a set.  I make films I believe in.  I feel privileged to be able to do what I love.  You just have to keep going and remember that.  The other stuff?  I hear it, I read it, I get it.  But life is not a matter of trying to prove anything to anybody.”

On attributing his success to Scientology:
“I have respect for what other people believe.  What I believe in my own life is that it’s a search for how I can do things better, whether it’s being a better man or a better father or finding ways for myself to improve.  Individuals have to decide what is true and real for them.  I’m fortunate in the life I have.”

On how he feels about 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.”

The June issue of Playboy hits newsstands on May 18.