Tom Cruise makes a rare, public comment about Scientology
Tom Cruise doesn't talk about his religion often, but the actor didn't shy away from the topic recently when Lucrezia Millarini of ITV News asked him about documentarian Louis Theroux's latest film, My Scientology Movie.
Cruise, who was on the red carpet at the London premiere of his own new movie, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, said, "It's something that has helped me incredibly in my life. I've been a Scientologist for over 30 years. It's something that is, you know ... without it, I wouldn't be where I am. So, it's a beautiful religion. I'm incredibly proud."
Cruise faced heavy public criticism in 2005 after a heated interview with Matt Lauer on the topic of Scientology, and has rarely talked about it in public since then. In 2012 he told Playboy that he wasn't going to discuss it when he was promoting a movie, saying, "I'm not going to get caught up in anything else, and that includes all my personal things."
Scientology's spiritual headquarters is located in Clearwater. Along with fellow Scientologists John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Cruise was in Clearwater for the 2013 dedication of the church's Flag Building.