Is Tom Cruise dating his ‘Mission Impossible 7′ costar Hayley Atwell?

Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell handcuffed on the set of Mission Impossible 7

One of the stories we’ve been discussing all week is Tom Cruise’s lengthy rant to crew members during filming on Mission: Impossible 7. The crew people apparently were not social distancing properly, and Cruise ranted at them for that, and because (he said) they were one of the few productions happening during the pandemic, and studios are watching to see how they do, and whether it’s safe and all that. Reportedly, some staffers on the film did quit following Cruise’s rant. Now Tony Ortega and Leah Remini have a lengthy piece on the Scientology of it all, and how Cruise believes he’s surrounded by suppressive people and only SPs get sick or something. I honestly found it all kind of mind-numbing when they really got into the belief system of this bonkers cult. The point, I suppose, is that Tom wasn’t ranting at crew members because he actually cares about anyone’s safety, he was doing it because he thinks he’s an all-powerful Scientologist?

Honestly, as soon as anyone starts talking about their crazy belief systems or whatever cult they belong to, I run for the hills. But not Hayley Atwell, Cruise’s costar on MI7. Apparently, Atwell and Cruise are dating?

Tom Cruise is dating his Mission: Impossible 7 co-star Hayley Atwell after filming brought them ‘even closer’. The actor, 58, and actress, 38, are said to have become ‘fairly inseparable’ after they ‘hit it off from day one’.

News of the romance comes amid claims earlier this week that five crew members on set have ‘quit’ after Tom ‘launched into a second rant’ following his fury about staff breaking Covid rules.

Tom hasn’t had a high-profile romance since his divorce from ex-wife Katie Holmes in 2012 while Hayley is said to have split from her English doctor ex earlier this year.

A source told The Sun: ‘Tom and Hayley hit it off from day one. Lockdown, and all the difficulties that came with it, brought them even closer and they’ve become fairly inseparable. They’ve been meeting up after hours, and she’s been to his London pad. They get on brilliantly, and both seem very happy.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I mean, part of this is just the “put him with his costar” tabloid nonsense that comes around every time Tom is working on a movie. It would not surprise me at all if he was auditioning potential girlfriends, and it would not surprise me if Atwell was simply being nice to Tom, and he misconstrued that as a deeper interest. I want to think she’s smarter than this, but who knows.

Tom Cruise on the set of Mission Impossible 7 in Rome

Tom Cruise on the set of Mission Impossible 7

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Darla says:

    No, Peggy, no!

  2. MsIam says:

    Run Hayley, run!

  3. ChloeCat says:

    Ummm, he’s gay???

    • Darla says:

      No, he’s not. But the comments below yours may be correct. I sure hope so, for Haley’s sake.

    • K says:

      Have never seen any evidence that he’s gay. He’s bonkers though…often paranoid, and has a God complex, so I hope she and other women steer clear.

    • SoTrue says:

      He’s not and nor is he “asexual” as the poster below put it. Some ex-CO$er said David Mascavige was grossed out by how pervy Tom Cruise was (in auditing you have to reveal all).

  4. Zen says:

    Don’t stories like this come out when he films anything? Its good promotion and makes him look like a virile stud. In reality, I think he has sworn off dating and marriage after 3 divorces.

    • Courtney B says:

      The tabloids were full of rumors during Rebecca Ferguson’s first go ‘round in the series. There was nothing there. Hopefully it’s the same with Atwell. She’s always been low key about her dating life and doubt she’d want any part of the s***show that is his personal life.

    • whatever says:

      I’ve gotten the impression that he’s asexual and just not interested period. But yeah he still thinks he needs the much younger redcarpet gf to sell the studly a-list actor shtick.

      Frankly, at his age it just makes him look desperate and pathetic.

    • Golly Gee says:

      The timing of this story suggests that it was put out there to distract from his meltdown. Apparently his raging continued on into the evening and he decided to take an earliy Christmas break from filming and return to the US.

  5. Kaylove says:

    Big yikes! I’d be running in the other direction.

  6. Chaine says:

    fauxmance, showmance, at best. more likely tom’s people spreading rumors in the usual attempt to make him look desirable, virile, etc.

  7. JEM says:

    You in danger, girl.

  8. Lady Baden-Baden says:

    Hmmm I’m sure he/his people would like people to think they’re dating – decent PR, just like the ‘leaked’ rant – but I SERIOUSLY doubt it’s true…

    • Sigmund says:

      My thoughts exactly. I’m sure Tom would like to have that rumor out there, but that doesn’t mean it’s the truth.

  9. wheneight says:

    Fake. This is his either his typical co-star girlfriend PR or his PR team trying to switch the conversation from his recent Covid blowup, but probably both. Either way, Hayley if you’re listening–RUN. Being known as scientology-adjacent is not going to help your career.

  10. NievieDee says:

    Doubtful ..Atwell is far too educated to get sucked into such a culty mess

  11. ThatsNotOkay says:

    He looks…bad. Whatever he did to his face and then stopped doing to his face, just didn’t work.

  12. Ariel says:

    Don’t look over here at the crazy cult you can see in the rant- look over there- look- celebrity romance!
    Old school hollywood with a boost of cult PR?
    Every damn movie, when he needs some good press.
    The only way they can get pictures of a sane woman standing near him is getting pictures during the filming of a movie scene.
    No sane woman stands near him otherwise.

  13. olliesmom says:

    She’s twenty years younger than him, so OF COURSE the old man is dating her (I’m his age). Run, Haley, run. Run away fast! Don’t let him pull you in. Or you’ll be another one escaping in the middle of the night with a burner phone.

    I’m glad that he’s letting his face age now. That’s about what he should look like at 58.

  14. lucy2 says:

    Oh no, for her sake I really hope that’s just PR nonsense from his team. Dating him never ends well for the woman.

    Also, even if it was coming from a crazy cult place, at the moment I’m on board with demanding people follow covid protocol.

  15. Cafecito says:

    Eww, just ewww. Poor Hayley, hopefully this is just PR nonsense targeted at…? Wait, who’s supposed to be interested in this?

  16. lola says:

    I’m not buying it. She doesn’t seem like the type to fall for his shit.
    But did she okay this story or did his team run it without asking her?

  17. Liz version 700 says:

    Oh God! Run honey run. No no no

  18. mary says:

    hayley is NOT dating tom i read in the newspaper she was dating a DOCTOR

  19. Caitlin Bruce says:

    She does follow his kids on Instagram so that’s interesting. If she is dating him she is extremely stupid. I can understand young naive Katie with stars in her eye falling for him but Hayley has no iexcuses, she nearly forty, and your telling me she hasn’t read or watched anything on Scientology?

  20. lillyfromlilooet says:

    Here’s the thing tho: if this dude sticks a toe out of life-on-set publicity, and he starts squiring someone around in personal life, there will be renewed awareness about his deserting his daughter, which will make him become box office poison in the US that much more.

    Given that he’s abandoned his child, he’s made some adroit moves: you only see him when he’s working, he seems to be avoiding roles where he plays a parent/family man (unless I’ve missed something), where he’d have to go on a press junket and talk about playing a dad. In short, he’s given the tabloids and public nothing to work with in terms of bashing him for cutting off his own flesh and blood.

    He starts up with someone and does an in-love and so happy pap tour, then North American press & public regard are going to come for him.

    I am curious as to whether he thinks there’s a statute of limitations on dumping your kid and he’s been itching to reinstate himself in the public eye, or whether he knows there’s no coming back and is settled on this reduced visibility.

    • Sarah says:

      This is why I believe the rant was staged and released on purpose. It feeds the “He’s so professional and cares about the crew!” PR narrative and pushes it into the mainstream, so folks can point to it when these questions start coming up again with a new partner. Image rehab 101 as he can’t keep making action movies much longer and Co$ needs that money from their #1 earner.

    • Golly Gee says:

      Good points. Sarah’s too. Since movie-making his life and he will be getting too old for action flicks.

  21. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    This is performance. Most likely he sanctioned it himself because of the yelling lol.

  22. Deanne says:

    Yeah, sure they are. What a catch. Married and divorced three times and a cult member to boot. His last wife had to “escape” from him and his Scientology handlers. This is clearly just PR from his camp. This is petty, but he looks bizarre. His face is really puffy and seems off and he looks shorter than usual. Maybe he had to take his lifts out of his shoes. because the last time he tried to do stunts with them in, he broke his ankle. It’s like he morphing into his idol, David Miscavige.

  23. Bex says:

    That Sun article reads exactly like the one written when they speculated that Tom was dating Vanessa Kirby, who costarred with him in the previous Mission Impossible movie, even down to the set photos as “proof”.

  24. Sarah says:

    Nah, this is his standard PR every time he makes a movie. he’s so hot and manly, of course every female co-star falls for him. I tend to agree with the comments above that he keeps his actual private life locked down these days as he doesn’t want attention on that, Suri/Katie, etc. so these stories fill the gap.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      I hope/think you are right. I pray women stay safely away from him. At least the ones not already in the bizarre cult. I’m not sure people inside Scientology would be allowed to decline to date him sigh

    • lucy2 says:

      And of course said female co-stars are always 20 years younger than him.

  25. Coco says:

    Even if this is just a publicist arranged match, it seems like a poor decision on her part. He’s the public face of a cult that psychologically tortures and enslaves people.
    I was thinking about this recently: when Cruise dies, will Scientology fall apart?

    • Sarah says:

      Nope. They have hundreds of millions from Cruise alone, plus all the other non taxable “donations” and property investments around the world. He’s still the Golden Goose, but they’ve got lots of eggs in the bank.

  26. L4frimaire says:

    So typical of Cruise and she looks like his type physically. He’s such a control freak though and came across as a level1 a-hole in his on-set Covid rant. Good luck to her, she seems like a nice person and hope she doesn’t get crushed.

  27. ClaireB says:

    I hope this is just Tom’s PR to make him seem more attractive and virile (as mentioned above), because I have liked Hayley Atwell and would prefer to believe she’s smarter than that.

  28. Mette says:

    And where have all the cruise sympathizers gone today?

  29. Leah says:

    My mom has a friend who works for him and says he’s not into the ladies (well not in that way anyway). It’s really NBD.

    As for Hayley, I thought she was married?

    I know he’s getting flack for his rant but you know what, he isn’t wrong about the covid protocols. The production could be shut down, costing millions as well as cast and crew getting sick.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      No he was right, but his delivery was borderline abusive. But he is getting laughed at by the late night shows so he wants to change the tube. “Love is in the air…”

  30. Valiantly Varnished says:

    This definitely reads like the tabloids think Tom Cruise is still a sex symbol and they have to pair him with his co-star. I also wouldn’t be shocked if his PR isn’t leaking this rumor either. Kind of like how Brad Pitt’s team likes to do.
    I can’t see Hayley going for him but who knows. I do hope she’s smarter than that.

  31. Jay says:

    Is it now just part of your contract as an actress in a Tom Cruise film that you agree to countenance dating rumours?
    All of the accompanying “evidence” appears to be photos from the set (including one where their characters are handcuffed – per the article, it’s easy to be “inseparable” when you literally are chained together – I like to think that was a wink to us, the audience 😉)

  32. Maevo says:

    Noooo don’t do it, Haley!!

  33. souperkay says:

    For the record, I don’t think they are dating. She’s costarred with younger and hotter dudes and didn’t date any of them, likely actors aren’t her bag at all. Likely she is good at switching off, not letting the implied intimacy of acting bleed over into her actual life.

    He does this for every costar he works with, so it’s not just berating employees, it’s lying about colleagues that can be added to the list of why Tom Cruise is not Captain Hollywood.

    Imagine being Haley and getting bombarded with all these questions about her significantly older costar being her boyfriend. What can she say to him now? They have to portray intimacy and with a blunt, clobber her over the head move like leaking to the tabloids, I can’t imagine being in her shoes.

  34. Monica says:

    No slam on getting old, but it’s kind of nice to see that even $$cientology couldn’t keep him perpetually young.

  35. Pulplove says:

    Peggy, on a mission to find Shelly?

  36. GuestwithCat says:

    For everyone wondering about his face, it’s normal. This is what a working man nearly sixty looks like: tired and old. It happens to all of us sooner or later. I was constantly mistaken for a teenager or college coed and boom, menopause, and my age caught up with me over the course of a couple of years and if you put a picture up of me at 46 next to me now at 54 you’d swear I was my own mother.

    I think what happened is Tom wisely deduced he has reached the end of what cosmetic science can do for him before he crosses the threshold into looking freakish and waxen. So he stopped all of the procedures and is just letting nature take its course. There have been some products in there that are settling out and if he leaves his face alone and lets everything settle, he should end up still a decently physically attractive man (not talking about his character) of his age instead of the preternaturally preserved specimen attempting to pass for 35.

    If he had not been messing with his face all along, the change would have been more gradual and we wouldn’t be questioning it. But it seemingly happened overnight so it’s a startling remarkable change.

    • SoTrue says:

      I don’t like Cruise but the ageism and heightism is horribly mean spirited. I think he’s still injecting his face with fillers, totally. Just check out his grins at around the time of MI2 and you can see he’s quite naturally thin, not full, around the lower cheek area.

    • Gunna says:

      He also looks like he lost a little weight/muscle. Losing weight, even a little, can really highlight any aging, especially if you’ve also been artificially plumping your face up for years.

      He’s also one of those people that HAS be constantly doing things, so even though his COVID experience isn’t like a regular persons I’d bet the limitations he does have have been driving him crazy (er).

  37. Nerdista says:

    My friend had the best response to my desperation at this news: “Classic. Going under cover to root out Hydra.”

  38. Holly hobby says:

    Run run run Peggy!

  39. Jayna says:

    It’s just his way of drowning out the bad publicity. All of a sudden no one is talking about his rant caught on tape and instead about his new romance exclusive. At least, that’s what he is hoping.