Tom Cruise, Scientology Wife Allegations: Who Is Nazanin Boniadi?

The Iranian-born actress was reportedly auditioned to be Tom Cruise's real-life partner.
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And we turn now to nazanin boniadi, the actress at the center of the stunning "vanity fair" claim that the church of scientology auditioned her to possibly be the next mrs. Tom cruise. So, who is she? And how did she catch tom's eye? Abc's linsey davis has the story. Reporter: Until now, this iranian-born bombshell remained relatively unknown. But "vanity fair's" explosive report changed all that, with claims that actress nazanin boniadi had a secret relationship with tom cruise, shortly before he began dang katie holmes. According to the article, the church of scientology auditioned devout scientologist actresses as potential love interests for cruise. And they chose boniadi as a candidate. She allegedly went through a month-long vetting process, before meeting cruise for the first time in 2004. She was beautiful. And she was very much an eager, eager scientologist. And she had no idea when it began, according to what I was told, that this was going to end up meeting tom cruise. Reporter: Maureen orth says the pair eventually became inseparable. But the relationship abruptly ended three months later, with claims boniadi wasn't as publicly affectionate as cruise wanted. And that she was disrespectful to the leader of the church of scientology. It was after the breakup that boniadi landed a role on "general hospital." Where she became a regular and snagged an naacp for actress in the role. Boniadi received her bachelor degree in sciences from the university of california irvine. And now, the thing that's close to her heart is being an official spokesperson for amnesty international, as shown in this clip she posted on youtube. The call for freedom will not stop. Reporter: While she's now getting attention for her famous love interest offscreen, her major love interest on screen was the girlfriend for neil patrick harris' character on "how I met your mother." The now 32-year-old starlet played opposite george clooney in a european commercial for spresso. But boniadi is not talking publicly. Nor did she answer for our comment. The spokesperson for tom cruise has denied all of the allegations in the "vanity fair" report. And the church of scientology has called them hogwash. The church says there was never any project to find a bride for my member of the church.

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