Last week, Laura Prepon was linked (again) to Tom Cruise except in two new interviews to promote the second season of Orange Is The New Black, which she almost wasn’t apart of for reasons that now sound even shadier, she denies dating him while making sure to stick to the Scientology talking points that he’s a hot handsome man and she’s a super-busy professional thanks to her intergalactic foresight. Also, they love gays. Just love them! Via The Daily Beast:
What was the scheduling conflict with Season 2?
Unfortunately, I can’t really talk about it because it’s not out yet and under wraps. But it was a work thing. I’d gotten another job. Here’s the thing: It’s actually really flattering that everyone was trying to figure out what was going on with my character, but it’s a double-edged sword, because people were making up stories. A lot of our jobs is about timing. Even going into Season 3—if we get a Season 3—some of the actors have already gotten other jobs, so it’s just a part of our industry. When you’re not under a “series regular” contract and other jobs come up, you try to juggle everything. On That ’70s Show we’d have to shoot out Ashton [Kutcher] if he was doing a movie. It’s the same thing here. But I’m glad that I’m returning because I missed the girls and it sucked not being there.
Speaking of crazy rumors… where did these rumors that you’re dating Tom Cruise come from?
Oh god… I knew this would come up! Dude, I have no idea. I really don’t know. I totally respect him and think he’s an amazing actor, but I’m not dating him. I don’t know what else to say. It’s crazy. It just goes to show: Don’t believe everything you read. I have no idea where it came from. I don’t know how we ended up “together.” I’m flattered because I think he’s hot so I’m like, “Oh, that’s nice,” and apparently he’s very gentlemanly with me. Apparently we get along great and he knows that I have a favorite bottle of wine that I didn’t even know I had. So, apparently he’s on cloud nine…. [Laughs]
And here she is going HAM for L. Ron while talking to SheKnows:
Another common misconception is that Scientologists are automatically anti-gay, a rumor that Prepon also wanted to put to rest.
“You know, in terms of portraying a lesbian on the show, I am a huge supporter of the LGBT community. I’m going to the GLAAD Awards in a few weeks. I went to the human rights campaign. I flew up to San Francisco and did this whole thing and I won this award [for] being a straight woman portraying a gay woman on camera. I’m a total supporter of the LGBT and they are an amazing fan base.”
Prepon doesn’t understand the need for people to create information about her life, especially when it conflicts with her own beliefs.
“It’s just so funny that, when people don’t know, they just make stuff up, [like], apparently I’m dating Tom Cruise right now. And apparently he doesn’t want me doing the show because I portray a lesbian and I’m a Scientologist. This is false; where are they even getting this stuff? It’s unbelievable to me.”
According to Prepon, there can be a bright side to all the false information: Such as when you get to show people a different side of the story.
“People who first meet me don’t know about Scientology at all — and I’m always willing to talk to whoever about it — but it’s funny because, on numerous occasions, they were like, ‘I had no idea what Scientology was, but working with you and seeing how you conduct yourself and how you acknowledge people and you’re such a professional.’”
“They’re like, ‘Whatever you’re doing with Scientology, it’s amazing.’ And, ‘If Scientology helps you be like that, then we’re all about it,’” Prepon added.
In Laura Prepon’s defense, I’m willing to believe she’s not dating Tom Cruise because not many people survive the obstacle course phase of the audition process. (True story: Katie Holmes‘ left arm? Completely prosthetic. Goddamn laser snakes…) As for Scientology being openly accepting of gays and not trying to cure them with space magic? Here’s my rebuttal to that: