Tom Cruise’s Former Publicist: I Told Him to Start “Cooling It” with Scientology Talk
Tom Cruise’s former publicist says she had a conversation with him about toning down his Scientology talk. The Hollywood star’s longtime spokesperson, Pat Kingsley, tells The Hollywood Reporter that she and Cruise were extremely close and saw eye to eye for years. “We could almost finish each other’s sentence,” she says. “We never really had a disagreement about direction or any particular interview. The trust became pretty complete on both sides.”
Kingsley recalls, “We talked constantly. He was an insomniac. I liked the fact that he was so much fun. And he was so thoughtful. He remembered birthdays, my daughter’s birthday. He came to her wedding; she was registered somewhere for the china, and he bought out everything.” She explains that there was a conflict with reps for Scientology once, “but it was taken care of very early in the game.”
Eventually, though, Cruise wanted to be more vocal about his beliefs — and Kingsley confronted him. “I did have that conversation with Tom, about cooling it,” she recalls. The retired publicist says she told Cruise, “Scientology is fine. You want to do a tour for Scientology? Do a tour for Scientology. But Warner Bros. is sponsoring this tour,” referencing press for The Last Samurai in 2003. Kingsley adds, “He didn’t say yes or no, except he did not discuss Scientology on that European tour.”
Their professional relationship ultimately wound down. “I’d had so much control over everything,” she tells the magazine. “I think he wanted to be more personally involved in all those decisions. He felt, ‘Look, it’s been 14 years. I think it’s time I tried something different.’ And I certainly had no quarrel with that. It was his life, his career.” Kingsley has no ill will toward her former client. “Tom Cruise was a prince,” she says.