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Jennifer Connelly faces her fears of flying.
In a recent interview with Good Morning America, the 51-year-old actress admitted flying isn’t her “favorite” activity despite the movie being about airplanes. She shared that her co-star, Tom Cruise, took her on a World War II plane while filming “Top Gun: Maverick.”
“It was an amazing experience,” Connelly said. “It was a P-51, which is a World War II plane, and it was pretty amazing. We were flying, flying over the top of the mountains and there was a plane right next to our wing filming us, so it was definitely flying unlike any flying I’ve done before.”
When asked if she was nervous about getting on the plane with Cruise, she replied, “He’s such a good pilot and he’s so meticulous in everything he does, so he was quite therapeutic for me.”
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She continued, “As someone who doesn’t really like flying to do that kind of flying with someone like him, I might just enjoy it.”
Connelly stars as Cruise’s love interest in the recently released film. She shares in the interview that prior to filming, she had never met the actor or starred with him in a movie.
“He’s just a great actor, so it’s a pleasure to work with him,” Connelly said when describing his character’s role in the film.
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Connelly plays the character Penny Bengamin in “Top Gun: Maverick” who was mentioned in the original 1986 “Top Gun.”
“I love the idea of their relationship,” Connelly said of Penny Bengamin and Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. “So these characters have known each other for a long time, so I think it was a fun place to start their relationship.”
Cruise has enjoyed flying for years and showed up to the world premiere in a helicopter.
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Cruise’s helicopter landed on the retired aircraft carrier USS Midway in San Diego, California. The helicopter bore Cruise’s name and the “Top Gun: Maverick” logo.
At the premiere, Cruise told the cameras it was “an honor” to be at the film’s premiere after coronavirus lockdowns.
“But being here to see y’all,” Cruise said on the red carpet. “It’s the first time I’ve been on a movie set in years in confinement and filming. I see faces again and it’s the return of humanity, you know. It’s an honor to be here for me.”
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“Top Gun: Maverick” also stars Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Monica Barbaro and Glen Powell. The highly anticipated film is set to be released on Friday.
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