The 54-year-old actor has over 50 films under his belt and still has producers queuing up to snag him for their forthcoming movies but he's convinced he wouldn't be where he is today if he hadn't taken up the “beautiful” religion - a body of beliefs and practices created in 1954 by American science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard - three decades ago.
Speaking to ITV News about the controversial organisation, Tom - who rarely comments on his religious beliefs - said: “It's something that has helped me incredibly in my life; I've been a Scientologist for over 30 years. It's something, you know, without it, I wouldn't be where I am. So it's a beautiful religion. I'm incredibly proud.”
The 'Mission: Impossible' star - who is the most famous star to follow the organisation - believes the methods developed by Hubbard have helped him overcome his dyslexia.
He said seven years ago of his literacy struggles at school: “I asked myself if I was normal or an idiot. I would try to concentrate but I felt anxiety, frustration, boredom. When I graduated from high school in 1980 I was functionally illiterate.”
Tom was first introduced to the church by his first wife Mimi Rogers, whom he was married to from 1987 until 1990, while he was still trying to make it as a global star.