When asked if he could be with someone at this stage in his life who doesn’t have an interest in the Church of Scientology — Holmes has said she’s embracing the religion — Cruise told interviewer Matt Lauer: “Scientology is something that you don’t understand. It’s like you could be a Christian and be a Scientologist.
“It is a religion. Because it’s dealing with the spirit. You as a spiritual being.” When Lauer mentioned Cruise’s earlier criticism of Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressants, Cruise told the “Today” show co-host he didn’t know what he was talking about.
“You don’t know the history of psychiatry. I do,” Cruise said.
The interview became more heated when Lauer, who said he knew people who had been helped by the attention-deficit disorder drug Ritalin, asked Cruise about the effects of the drug.
“Matt, Matt, you don’t even — you’re glib,” Cruise responded. “You don’t even know what Ritalin is. If you start talking about chemical imbalance, you have to evaluate and read the research papers on how they came up with these theories, Matt, OK. That’s what I’ve done.”