Tom Cruise was just 19 years old when he starred in "Risky Business." The fresh-faced kid from upstate New York was paid about $75,000 for his breakout role. Twenty-three years later, Cruise is one of Hollywood's biggest stars. In his latest film, he's reprising his role in "Mission: Impossible 3."
He is also half of one of the most talked-about couples in America. His sudden, and very public, romance with Katie Holmes took the world by surprise a year ago, and now Cruise and the 27-year-old actress are expecting a baby -- due any minute now.
And every day it seems, a new headline tells a different story -- they are breaking up; her parents, a Catholic family from Toledo, Ohio, don't like Scientology; the saga of the "silent birth" rituals; even that the baby isn't really his.
In an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer on "Primetime," Cruise confronts those rumors -- telling Sawyer that he and Holmes are happy and in love, and they are looking forward to getting married after the baby is born.
"We were just talking about it last night," Cruise said. "She has this beautiful belly, this glowing woman....We were walking up to bed, and I just, I can't wait till we get married. I can't wait till I can call and say, 'Hey, you know, put my wife on the phone.'"
The 43-year-old actor is no stranger to the rumor mill, but he is determined not to let the gossip get to him.
"We're just a couple that are gonna have a baby and very excited about it, about this new life," Cruise said.
But of course, they are not just any couple. One area of his life that Cruise has become more open about is his belief in the controversial Church of Scientology.
Scientology, he says, gives people "tools to help better your life. That's what Scientology is. It helps you to improve your life."
But many of the church's tenets seem strange to non-believers. For example, Holmes will follow the Scientology practice of "silent birth." The philosophy behind silent birthing, according to Scientology, is that if children hear negativity while they are being born, it can cause permanent psychic scars.
But several stories have reported that Holmes would not be able to make any noise whatsoever during the birth, and that Cruise has even had a special "pacifier" made for her to keep her quiet. Cruise said that neither claims are true.
"It's basically just respecting the mother, you know, and helping to be quiet -- not the mother. The mother makes as much noise ... you know, she's going through it," he said. "But why have other people make noise? You know, you want that area very calm and to make it very special."
And Cruise dismissed the claim, which some say is consistent with Scientology, that Holmes would not be given any drugs during the birth even if she needed them.
"She does what she's gotta do, OK? ...We're there you know, with doctors," he said. "Whatever the woman wants. I'm not gonna tell Kate ...you know, if she needs an epidural, she's gonna get her epidural."
Cruise and Diane talked about the sex of the baby and the name he and Katie have chosen, both of which he knows.
Cruise has two children -- Isabella, 13, and Connor, 11 -- whom he adopted with his ex-wife Nicole Kidman. But he says fatherhood this time around is different.