More “going clear,” for all you Xenu buffs!
In 2012, Vanity Fair published what was then a scandalous expose on Scientology, confirming rumors that Tom Cruise auditioned women within Scientology to be his girlfriend. The Cruise/Scientology girlfriend auditions of 2004 and 2005 have been continually confirmed by multiple ex Scientologists including Leah Remini, Paul Haggis and others who had the misfortune of going through these “auditions.” And now, another former Scientologist is speaking out: voiceover actress and comedian Cathy Schenkelberg. And I guess more than speaking out, the woman is doing a one-woman show about her time in Scientology, which includes a failed screen test to be CruiseÃ¢â¬â¢s girlfriend. Schenkelberg told her story to the Daily Mail and it’s pretty freaking disturbing:
Schenkelberg, who left the church in 2009, now explains in a Daily Mail Online exclusive interview: Ã¢â¬ËI was called into an audition for a video run by Golden Era Productions [Scientology media department].
Ã¢â¬ËI was on a really high level, I was a successful Scientologist, I was one of AmericaÃ¢â¬â¢s top voiceovers. I remember there was a load of us in the lobby of the Celebrity Centre.
Ã¢â¬ËI didnÃ¢â¬â¢t know I was being auditioned [to be Cruise’s girlfriend], so I was being asked on camera: Ã¢â¬ÂWhere are you from? What level are you on? Then, Ã¢â¬ÅWhat do you think of Tom Cruise?Ã¢â¬Â
Ã¢â¬ËI thought I was auditioning for a training course, so when he asked about Tom Cruise, I said: Ã¢â¬ÅI canÃ¢â¬â¢t stand him, I think heÃ¢â¬â¢s a narcissistic baby!Ã¢â¬Â I said, Ã¢â¬ÅIÃ¢â¬â¢m really bummed about him splitting with NicoleÃ¢â¬Â. I hate the guy, even before I was in Scientology I didnÃ¢â¬â¢t like him.
Ã¢â¬ËI then go on a litany about him and I remember saying at the end: Ã¢â¬ÅDo I have a script now? What do I need to do?Ã¢â¬Â And they said: Ã¢â¬ÅNo, youÃ¢â¬â¢re finished.Ã¢â¬Â I was like, Ã¢â¬ÅHuh, I thought this was a training video.Ã¢â¬Â
Ã¢â¬ËWhen I left the room, there was another actress outside and she asked: Ã¢â¬ÅHow did you do?Ã¢â¬Â I said: Ã¢â¬ÅWhat do you mean?Ã¢â¬Â She said: Ã¢â¬ÅWell, thatÃ¢â¬â¢s an audition to be Tom CruiseÃ¢â¬â¢s girlfriendÃ¢â¬Â, and I said: Ã¢â¬ÅI donÃ¢â¬â¢t think I got the gig.Ã¢â¬ÂÃ¢â¬Ë
Schenkelberg was made to pay for her anti-Cruise comments through hours of intensive auditing, as they would Ã¢â¬Ësecurity checkÃ¢â¬â¢ her to investigate why she had any form of hatred for the Mission Impossible star.She recalls: Ã¢â¬ËI would have to get audited on this, theyÃ¢â¬â¢d want to know why I didnÃ¢â¬â¢t like Tom Cruise. I would get into so much trouble over this.
But after the audition things changed.
Ã¢â¬ËIÃ¢â¬â¢d get invited because of my daughter to say, Nancy Cartwright or Leah RiminiÃ¢â¬â¢s party then theyÃ¢â¬â¢d say: Ã¢â¬ÅSorry, you canÃ¢â¬â¢t go because Tom doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t know you.Ã¢â¬Â If I was in the party, IÃ¢â¬â¢d get uninvited, I was in the B Group.Ã¢â¬â¢
Schenkelberg did many courses and levels, called Operating Thetan Levels, the highest being Operating Thetan 8 (OT8). But it was also financially draining, the courses were taking all of her money. In 14 years, she spent $938,000Ã¢â¬Â¦
Ã¢â¬ËI lost three homes, a pension and medical and dental insurance. I was on food stamps and was kicked out of my rental house as I was in arrears of over $20,000,Ã¢â¬â¢ adds Schenkelberg.
Schenkelberg, who lives back in Chicago now, says that the Church even tried to recruit her daughter, then only nine years old, into the ultra-hardcore Sea Org, where members sign billion-year contracts.
Yikes. All she did was say she didnÃ¢â¬â¢t like Cruise and her life was rocked. Honestly, her big mouth saved her a lot of grief, and probably a lot of money in the long run, if you can believe it.
Which reminds me. Cruise is single. Will there be another audition process?!