Tom Cruise and Mimi Rogers first got together between 1985 and 1986. The young “Top Gun” actor confirmed they were an item in a Rolling Stone interview published that June. A whirlwind romance ensued and they married within a year, but while they agreed they loved each other, they couldn’t get on the same page with their meet cute. According to Cruise, they met at a dinner party in 1985 and, as he told the mag, she wasn’t immediately available. “She was dating a friend, and, uh, I thought she was extremely bright,” he said.
However, that’s not how Rogers remembered it. Speaking with an Us Weekly reporter in 1987, she echoed the fact that they met at a dinner party, but she told the outlet she was single and that mutual friends pushed them together. “I wasn’t seeing anybody, he wasn’t seeing anybody, and they thought, ‘These people should be going out with somebody. Let’s see if they want to go out with each other,’” she recalled (via the South Florida Sun Sentinel). “And we said, ‘Aw, what the heck. Okay.’”
According to Rogers, it just felt right and they were soon talking of marriage, despite their age difference (she was 32 and he was 24 when they tied the knot) and Cruise’s exploding popularity. Noting that he was “famous, but not crazy famous” when they first met, Rogers shared, “When I saw ‘Top Gun’ the first time, I knew what we were in for.”