Mimi Rogers Said Ex-Husband Tom Cruise Was Considering “Becoming a Monk”

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Who: Oscar-nominated actor Tom Cruise, 58, and actress Mimi Rogers, 64.

How They Met:  In a 1986 Rolling Stone interview, Cruise said he’d met Rogers “at a dinner party about a year ago, when I was developing Top Gun.

But the courtship wasn’t quite as simple as “I’m young Tom Cruise, date me.” The actor said Rogers “was dating a friend” at the time. “I thought she was extremely bright,” Cruise recalled.

Rogers remembered things differently. In 1987 she told the Sun Sentinel that she and Cruise had been introduced by mutual friends.

“I wasn’t seeing anybody, he wasn’t seeing anybody, and they thought, ‘These people should be going out with somebody — let’s see if they want to go out with each other,'” Rogers told the outlet. “And we said, ‘Aw, what the heck. OK.'”

The idea of marriage was introduced quickly, but given the magnitude of Cruise’s post-Top Gun star, the couple referred to their wedding by an ominous title: “The Project.”

Rogers, a second-generation Scientologist herself, is believed to have been one of Cruise’s first links to the polarizing belief system.

In the spring of 1987, Cruise and Rogers executed their, uh, project and tied the knot. Emilio Estevez was Cruise’s best man at the “very small, intimate and beautiful” event.

Why We Loved Them: There was no couch-jumping, but Cruise was fairly effusive about Rogers.

I mean, less than one year before he and Rogers wed, he told Rolling Stone “I don’t know if I could get married.”

In another Rolling Stone interview, which ironically came out just days before news of Cruise and Rogers’s split broke in 1990, the Risky Business star insisted that (despite tabloid conjecture) he “couldn’t imagine being without” his then-wife.

“Since I’ve been with her, it’s opened me up a lot,” he went on. “I think it’s helped me be a better actor. We live a lot of life together. We share everything. That’s the best thing about life. Otherwise you go through it pretty sad and lonely and angry.”

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