Why Does Tom Cruise Keep Buying Shoes for Dakota Fanning?


Working with Tom Cruise is the gift that keeps on giving — well, it was for Dakota Fanning.




The American Pastoral actress co-starred with the movie megastar in 2005’s War of the Worlds when she was a pre-teen. The bond between the pair, who played father and daughter, remains today, Fanning said onWatch What Happens Live this week.

“I haven’t seen him in a while, but he has sent me a birthday gift every year since I was 11 years old and I’m 22,” she shared. “Beautiful gifts. It’s really kind. I always think: Oh, when I’m 18, he’ll probably stop, or 21...”


But he doesn’t. So what does Cruise, 54, buy a 20-something actress who loves fashion? Footwear!
“It’s usually shoes,” she shared.
Dakota was in seventh grade when the sci-fi movie came out. At the press junket, she talked about meeting Cruise for the first time on the set.

“When I first met Tom … he came out of the scene where the aliens come out of the ground [and] grabbed me by the shoulders and he said, ‘WE’RE MAKING WAR OF THE WORLDS, BABY!’ He started shaking me real hard,” she recalled. “Then I realized I was actually going to be in the movie, I couldn’t believe it.”

Mini Dakota continued, “When I met him, I realized that when you see him on TV in interviews and things, he’s the same person I know in real life. He makes you feel comfortable and enjoys life and had a great time every day.”


Well, it’s certainly a thoughtful gesture for him to remember her every year, especially now that it’s more than a decade later. Though it does make us wonder what he gifts his own daughterSuri Cruise for her birthday, considering — gulp! — they maybe haven’t seen each other in a few years.

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