Tom Cruise has been called many things in his life – hero, daredevil, Hollywood hunk, even ‘The World’s Most Powerful Celebrity’ but to him, the titles that matter most are those of husband and father. This November Tom and his wife Katie Holmes celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary. The famous couple are one of the few celebrity couples to make it past the five year marriage mark.
Six and a half years on from the infamous Oprah incident of May 2005, where Tom famously went crazy with love for Katie and jumped on the talk show host’s sofa, the couple are still devoted to each other. Talking about the TV show, he casually says, “What happened, happened. I wanted the audience to be happy, just like I wanted to make my sisters and my mother happy when I did those skits as a kid.”
Tom has always been a family man. Growing up, he acted as a father figure to his siblings and initially got into acting to make them laugh. The actor, who rose to fame when he starred as pilot Maverick in 1986 film Top Gun, was more than excited to be a dad.
“I’ll never forget the moment I became a dad,” he said. “But it’s hard to describe – that level of responsibility, the desire to give such joy. The clarity - Nothing is more important than this.”
Tom has three children, two who were adopted with ex-wife Nicole Kidman – Isabella, 18, and Connor, 16, and a daughter Suri, 5, with Katie. Suri Cruise is already showing super-star traits, throwing diva-esque temper tantrums in public and causing controversy by wearing heels to the Disney Store party earlier this year. “Whatever she wants to wear, she wears it,” Tom says. “I’m not going to tell her different. She’s got great taste, too. She tells me what to wear.”
It is no surprise that the actor’s children would have strong personalities, and it looks like they are set to be as equally over-achieving in childhood as their parents were. At the age of five, Suri is rumoured to be writing her first book, and Connor has launched a DJ career, under the name DJ C-Squared, one of his first gigs being at the AMAs party. Tom is supportive of his children’s dreams.
Despite being a busy family man, Tom has still found time to work, and in true Tom Cruise style he still insists on doing his own stunts, even at age 49! In 2010 he scaled the 2,717ft Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, whilst filming Mission Impossible 4, which premieres on December 7 at the Dubai International Film Festival. An ordinary man would be daunted by this stunt, but not Tom. “I’m always thinking of different stunts,” he said bravely. “I look at buildings and think, how could I climb it? How could I jump out?”
“When I was a little kid, I used to go up on a roof and jump off the roof into the snow and do flips and stuff, and now I get to do it in movies.”
Tom is excited to come back to Dubai, where he spent several weeks filming last year. “I dream about coming to places like this,” he said. “It is such a stunning city… It’s very cinematic. The geography of the location is important to every Mission Impossible movie that we have shot.”
As for his wife, Katie has had a difficult few years but seems to be getting back on track. A couple of years ago she got very ill after reportedly taking prescribed detox medicine and more recently has struggled with her weight. At the time, friends were very concerned about her, urging her, “put flesh on your bones!” She appeared in public looking scarily thin, but is now in a healthier shape.
Tom helped Katie through this time with his positive mentality and outlook on life, which he shares – “Don’t worry about the pressures of life, think positive and get through it,” he says. “I’m just forging ahead. Don’t stop, that’s what I say.”
Katie is currently promoting her new film Jack and Jill with Adam Sandler, and she has also returned to her modelling roots with a stunning campaign for jewellery brand H.Stern. The 32-year-old seems to be trying to shake her ‘Stepford wife’ image which she has had since marrying Tom. Katie plans to throw herself into acting and wants to start taking more grown up roles. “I feel like I am ready for parts that maybe I wasn’t ready for in my 20s,” she said. “When I turned 30 a lot of people can get nervous about that and I was actually excited because I felt like, oh good now people pay attention to me.”