Before Katie Holmes (but after wives Nicole Kidman and Mimi Rogers, not to mention a romance with his Vanilla Sky co-star Penelope Cruz), Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology reportedly interviewed actress Nazanin Boniadi to be his new ladylove.

In the October issue of Vanity Fair, reporter Maureen Orth claims that in 2004, Shelly Miscavige, wife of Scientology chief David Miscavige, was trying to set Cruise up with actresses who were already Scientology members. The young starlets were told they were auditioning for a new movie and then asked several questions including, "What do you think of Tom Cruise?"

Orth claims Boniadi dated Cruise from November 2004 until January 2005. "In a month-long preparation in October 2004, she was audited every day, a process in which she told a high-ranking Scientology official her innermost secrets and every detail of her sex life," Orth writes. "Boniadi allegedly was told to lose her braces, her red highlights, and her boyfriend." One source says Boniadi signed a confidentiality agreement, yet Scientology representatives deny any audition process took place.

Boniadi, 32, first met Cruise, 50, in New York City in November of 2004, and according to Orth, "That's when she first sensed that this was possibly going to be an arranged marriage." So what did they do on their first date? "The two spent that first night together but, according to several sources, they did not have sex," Orth writes.

Boniadi eventually moved into Cruise's home and they shared a bedroom, and she was also given a credit card issued in the name of his production company. However, in late January, Boniadi was asked to move out of Cruises's home and into Scientology's Celebrity Centre. She was then told that Cruise "wants someone with her own power -- like Nicole." When Boniadi asked why the A-list actor would not break up with her in person, she was told he "was not to be disturbed."

Boniadi was later sent to a Scientology center in Florida, where she reportedly spilled the beans to a friend about her relationship with Cruise. According to Orth, the pal reported Boniadi, and she was punished for violating her confidentiality agreement by being assigned to scrub toilets with a toothbrush, clean bathroom tiles with acid and dig ditches in the middle of the night. A Scientology spokesperson denied Orth's source's claim, telling Vanity Fair, "The Church does not punish people, especially in [that] manner."

Hmm, do you believe any of this?