Tom Cruise Talks Scientology, Katie Holmes’ ‘Beautiful Creativity’ & Whether Or Not He’s Had Plastic Surgery

Tom: Doting Dad!
Tom Cruise and his daughter Suri.
Tom Cruise has had a career many can only dream of.

Now, in an exclusive interview with Playboy, the 49-year-old is opening up about his 30 plus years in the Hollywood spotlight — from his controversial Scientology religious beliefs, to wife Katie Holmes and whether or not he’s ever had any plastic surgery.

Of Holmes, the mother of his six-year-old daughter Suri, the Top Gun star said: “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.”

What did the billion dollar movie star say about being Scientology’s poster child?

“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.'”

When asked whether or not his religion had anything to do with his success as a three-time Golden Globes winner, Cruise told Playboy Contributor Michael Fleming:

“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.”

Here’s the complete rundown on the no-holds barred interview:

On his comments about Brooke Shields and the subsequent testy interview with Matt Lauer: “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.”

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 when the rumors cross the line: “If I have to, I will sue.  You start with a letter saying, ‘Okay, you know it’s not true. Apologize.’  But with certain ones you have to go, “Okay, you crossed a line, and now you have the attention of my lawyers.  [laughs] When it involves your kids, you have to go, ‘Here’s the line, and anytime you cross it….”

On the perception that he’s extremely competitive: “Here’s the thing about competition.  I don’t think that wanting to do my best qualifies as that. I love making movies.  Whether it’s making a film or raising my children, personally I’m striving to do the right things and to learn.  I’m an all-or-nothing kind of person, and when I become interested in something, I give it my all.  I guess I’m always striving to be competent.  But when it comes to working with other actors or releasing movies, I don’t feel competitive.  It’s a group effort.”

On the desire to see his films do well: “I understand the box office game.  I was there in the beginning when they started fixating on the number one film and the competition in that.  I really came up with promoting films around the world, and studios fought me, but I mainly did it because I wanted myself and my kids to see the world. But here’s the game I’m playing. I want to make great films that entertain an audience and hold up.  I can control only the effort I put into it and the experience we all have making it.  After that, it is what it is.”

On singing “Pour Some Sugar on Me” in front of Def Leppard while filming Rock of Ages: “Well, the lead singer, Joe Elliott, points at me and goes, ‘F**k you! F**k you!’ Then I saw big smiles on their faces, and I realized I’d gotten their stamp.  It was a very cool moment.  It was important they knew I was honoring their music and not making fun of them.”

On whether or not he’s changed over the course of his career: “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 whether or not he’s had cosmetic surgery: “I haven’t, and I never would.”

On moving around a lot as a kid: “I found it adventurous.  Did it bring challenges?  Yeah.  You’re always the new kid, with the wrong accent, the wrong shoes.  You learn about people and yourself and how to deal with what was not always a safe environment.  You had to figure it out.  That is what life’s about, change and solving problems and living it.”

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.”

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.”

The full issue hits newsstands Friday, May 18. In the meantime, watch Cruise as Stacee Jaxx, in this brand-new video for Rock of Ages. Joined by his co-stars Julianne HoughMary J. Blige and a very special guest, the trio rock out to one of Journey’s most memorable songs — “Any Way You Want It.”

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