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Katie Holmes Was Picked For Tom Cruise After Audition Process

It's a question we've all had since Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (photosKatie Holmes photos) got married: how did the two actually meet?

Well, according to ex-Scientologist Marc Headley, who used to produce promotional videos for the religion, after Cruise's split from Penelope Cruz in 2004, he was having trouble meeting women.

So the Church of Scientology did what all religions do -- set up auditions for Tom Cruise to find a wife. The church sent out a casting call that said, "There’s an upcoming Tom Cruise movie you might get a part in. Come for an audition.” The requirements? You had to be single, pretty and in your twenties.

And Cruise had a short list: Jennifer Garner, Scarlett Johansson (photosScarlett Johansson photos) and Jessica Alba (photosJessica Alba photos), in that order.

"First they rounded up Scientologist actresses like Erica Christensen, Erica Howard, Sofia Milos. But they were all rejected. Jennifer and Jessica didn’t bite but Scarlett took the bait and came in for an audition. When she arrived and found out it was the Scientology Center in Hollywood, she freaked out and didn’t do a tape,” Headley tells a British paper.

But then they thought of Katie Holmes, recalling she had previously spoken out about having a crush on Cruise: “They got her to L.A. and introduced her to Tom. The moment he meets her, he’s enthralled with her and he told David Miscavige (head of Scientology) later, “I knew immediately she was the one.”

March 11, 2008 |

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