Actress Katie Holmes is having problems finding work because of her marriage to Tom Cruise and his belief in Scientology, according to Hollywood insiders.
The 28-year-old has reportedly asked her agent to relaunch her career following her break to marry Cruise and have their daughter, Suri. But studios are said to be wary of the negative publicity surrounding her conversion to Scientology – and Cruise’s outspoken statements about his religion, which have included an attack on the use of antidepressants by Brooke Shields.
“Studios may be gun-shy of her new status as a tabloid fixture,” one movie insider told the Wall Street Journal yesterday. “And her expectations may be raised as the new Mrs Cruise. Stars of much bigger stature, including Meg Ryan and Demi Moore, have found it tough to regain their momentum after taking time off.”
Cruise’s beliefs are also said to be considered ‘a box-office liability’, which may be why he was dumped by the Paramount studio last summer.
Miss Holmes could not strike a deal to appear in the sequel to Batman Begins, despite starring in the original, but will co-star in the forthcoming comedy Mad Money opposite Queen Latifah.