Tom Cruise Vanity Fair article: Did Scientologists 'try out' wives?

Cruise and Holmes split up earlier this year. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

As if the details surrounding the divorce of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise weren't strange enough, a new Vanity Fair article about Cruise, Scientology and "girlfriend tryouts" might take it to the next level.

According to an advance release of portions of their October cover story, the Church of Scientology put on a project to find an ideal wife for Cruise, who later went on to marry Holmes.

The couple split up and divorced earlier this summer.

In the article, Vanity Fair's Maureen Orth reveals that in 2004, actresses who were members of the Church of Scientology were told they were trying out for a new training film, but were then grilled with questions about Cruise.

Eventually, the search centered on Nazanin Boniadi, an Iranian-born actress who dated Cruise for about two months. She was then forced to sign confidentiality agreements, and Orth reports that every time Boniadi did something he didn't like, he would report it to church officials.

After they split up, the Vanity Fair article says that Boniadi was forced to scrub toilets and dig ditches.