Anette Iren Johansen is coming out to the media that she had auditioned to be Tom Cruise's wife, before his marriage to Katie Holmes. Here are the 5 Fast Facts about Johansen and her "audition."
1. Anette Iren Johansen Is a Former Scientologist
Johansen joined the Church of Scientology in 2002 while studying to be a veterinarian in Copenhagen. After joining the group, she was featured in some of their magazines and training films. According to the Daily Mail, Johansen allegedly auditioned to be Tom Cruise's wife in 2005.
Industry insiders have told us that several young actresses and women were consulted and interviewed to marry Tom Cruise after his split from Penelope Cruz. Katie Holmes was the "lucky winner."
Anette Iren Johansen wrote on her website today:
The last 10 months since officially leaving the Church of Scientology in November 2012 has been a nightmare in many ways. The church viciously trying to destroy me and my family’s life without thinking it will backfire. How naïve.
2. Johansen Was Caught Off-Guard By the Tom Cruise 'Interview'
Tony Ortega from The Underground Bunker reports that Johansen:
was asked to take part in a special audition at the Copenhagen org. At the time, she was 27 years old. Until that time, she had made some appearances in Scientology magazines and training films, and she assumed this was something similar. She noticed right away that there was something unusual about this project. There was a makeup team, for example, which she’d never seen before. She wanted to keep it light, but the woman in makeup told her it was important for this audition to be made up with eye shadow and glossy lips. And that was the other odd thing about it — everyone working on the audition was a woman.
Apparently when Johansen sat down in front of the camera to "audition", instead of receiving a script to read, she was asked personal questions about herself.
3. Johansen Gives Us a Play-By-Play
They asked me so many questions about my life, my family background, everything I’d ever done in Scientology. There was a lot of talk about Tom Cruise at that time — he had just been in Norway [hosting] the Nobel Peace Prize concert.
One thing that sticks out in Johansen's mind was that she allegedly was required to sign a waiver at the end of the audtion, promising not to mention anything about the interview. This was strange because whenever Johansen would audition for a part in Scientology training films, she never had to sign any kind of waiver. About two weeks after, Johansen got a phone call from a man in California who identified himself as “Golden Era Productions, International Management.” The man asked her "private questions", asking her if she had any "sexual perversions". This was to make sure that Johansen was perfect all around, with no hidden baggage; hence being up to Scientology standards. The man on the phone thanked Johansen and said he might call her again. She never heard from him after that call and never heard anything further about the audition.
4. Former Scientology Staffer Marc Headley Backs Up Johansen's Story
Apparently, Marc Headley reviewed many of the interviews that had been video-recorded for Tom Cruise in somewhat of a screening process. Tony Ortega took many quotes from Headley that Johansen's audition was absolutely for Tom Cruise and that she was asked the same questions that many of the other "candidates" were asked. In terms of how long the auditions carried on, Headley revealed:
The auditions didn’t stop until he found Katie later in 2005. So even if he was with one of the girls, they were still working it, casting for the next season of Scientology’s version of The Bachelor.
5. Someone Tried to Take Down Johansen's Blog Today After the News Broke
Johansen posted a status on her Facebook today that "hackers" are trying to take down her blog. Her wording tends to imply that members of the Scientology group are trying to get rid of her blog. Could this be true?
Johansen calls herself "Norwegian Adventurer, Cornet Player, Chemist and Scientology Whistleblower." According to Johansen's website, Scientology is a cult ... as many have said in the past. Johansen continues to blog about the dangers of Scientology with posts including Scientology – The ONLY hope for Man? Or a dangerous CULT?, Leaving Scientology: Nightmares, happiness and stolen dreams, and What’s the difference between a Mind Controlling Cult and a Sociopath?