Tom Cruise is a pretty iconic actor who has many amazing movies under his belt. His personal life is just as interesting as his career, especially given he likes to do his own stunts. But the public’s perception of him has changed over the years because of a few strange occurrences.
So what are the weirdest and most unique things about him? Here are 15 bizarre things to know about Cruise, from his feuds to his accomplishments and more.
1. He claimed vitamins and exercise are enough to treat postpartum depression
The action star shocked many people when he criticized Brooke Shields, who came forward about having postpartum depression in her book, Down Came the Rain. He actually called it “irresponsible” for her to say antidepressants helped her get through it.
“I care about Brooke Shields because I think she is an incredibly talented woman, [but] look at where has her career gone,” Cruise said on Access Hollywood. Instead, he claimed “vitamins and exercise” is a better option for women. This actually isn’t that surprising, given Cruise is a Scientologist, and the organization is reportedly against antidepressants (and anything related to psychology or psychologist-prescribed medicines).
The actress, of course, didn’t take this criticism lightly. “Tom should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment options are best for them,” said Shields, according to People.
This isn’t the only time the actor has talked about health publicly. He also revealed that he “had been labeled dyslexic,” according to People, but claimed he can now read perfectly because of Scientology. However, experts later came forward, saying there isn’t a cure for dyslexia.