- The British actress, 47, played 58-year-old Tom's character Ethan Hunt's love interest Nyah Nordoff‑Hall in Mission: Impossible II in 2000
- She has given an alarming insight into working with the star and admitted she was left in fear at times due to the highly-stressed environment
- Thandie admitted: 'I was so scared of Tom. He was a very dominant individual. He tries super hard to be a nice person. But the pressure. He takes on a lot'
Thandie Newton has given a candid insight into the dramatic nature of working with Tom Cruise on Mission: Impossible II in 2000.
The British actress, 47, played Tom's character Ethan Hunt's love interest Nyah Nordoff‑Hall in the movie two decades ago, and in an interview with Vulture she has shed light on feeling 'terrified and insecure' on-set of the movie. In an anecdote about filming a scene in Spain, the Westworld actress boldly admitted: 'I was so scared of Tom. He was a very dominant individual. He tries super hard to be a nice person. But the pressure. He takes on a lot.
handie detailed how they struggled with filming a scene in Spain, in which they battled top get the perfect take of the – as she described – poorly-written scene.
She explained: 'So this scene was happening, and Tom was not happy with what I was doing because I had the s**ttiest lines, and he gets so frustrated'.
After Tom attempted to align and improve the scene by getting them each to switch roles to practice, Thandie confessed the method made her suffer more.
She went on: 'It just pushed me further into a place of terror and insecurity. It was a real shame. And bless him. And I really do mean bless him, because he was trying his damnedest… He wasn't horrible. It was just — he was really stressed'
handie revealed she then called late director Jonathan Demme, who she worked with on Beloved and The Truth About Charlie, to seek advice after which he scolded her for not 'backing herself' and made her realise Tom wanted a 'apha b***h'.
She also revealed that Tom's then-wife Nicole Kidman scooped her the role.
Tom's on-set behaviour has frequently been up for discussion, with Cabin In The Woods director Drew Goddard, describing their 2009 meeting as: 'That was definitely one of those surreal experiences..
It was wonderful. I mean, Tom — at least in my experience with him — I've never met a more enthusiastic, creative, and supportive person. He has that energy and to feel that energy directed towards you about you, it's like a drug. It's wonderful.
'He was so excited about the script and so complimentary and really just pointed out scenes in the movie that he felt we should bring out more. And he was totally right.'
Her comments about her co-star come after Thandie revealed she is finally enjoying the kind of career boost she expected to have in her twenties.
The actress has become a household name thanks to the success of HBO's sci-fi drama Westworld, with her character Maeve taking on a pivotal role in season three. She divulged: 'Thanks to Westworld, I've become an action hero – at my age!…
'I'm flabbergasted! I feel like I'm in my prime, and my 40s are great, man, but why didn't this happen in my 20s? It's the complete reverse of what it should be'.
Thandie, who is also known for her role in 2004's Crash, went on to describe the physical requirements of playing her character in Westworld.