Top Gun: Maverick star Jennifer Connelly says Tom Cruise helped her cope with ‘a truly crippling fear of flying’

Top Gun: Maverick star Jennifer Connelly says Tom Cruise helped her cope with 'a truly crippling fear of flying'

Jennifer Connelly credited Tom Cruise for helping her overcome a major fear of his own.

The two star together in the upcoming movie “Top Gun: Maverick” where the actress was facing severe anxiety around theft.

“What I was afraid to tell Tom at the time was that I had recently decided to think of myself as a truly crippling fear of flying that I had suffered for years,” the winner recently revealed. for an Oscar on the “Graham Norton Show.” “

“And so originally, when I signed up to make the movie, there was no theft for my character,” the 50-year-old explained. “My character was on land, she was on water, she was never in the air.”


However, Connelly realized she would have to face her fears when she and Cruise, 58, needed to film a scene involving a small P-51 plane.

“He’s like, ‘Jen, have you ever been on a plane like this before?’ Connelly remembers. “I was like, ‘No I didn’t, Tom. It’s amazing.’ He’s like, ‘Have you ever done aerobatics before?’ I started to get nervous. ‘No why? Am I going to do it? He said,’ It’s going to be very graceful. Very elegant. Very elegant rolls. It’s going to be nice and easy. ”

“That’s how I found out I was going to be in P-51 with Tom in command,” the star explained.

“Top Gun: Maverick” was originally scheduled for release on July 2. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will now debut in theaters on November 19.

In May 2020, Connelly told Extra that she was excited to finally see the movie.

“These flying sequences are going to be so amazing and I think it’s a movie that would be great to see on the big screen if and when we can go back to it,” she said at the time.


Even after a 30-year gap between turns as the titular Maverick, Cruise’s well-documented work ethic was present on set, Connelly said.

“I have never seen anyone work harder, be more engaged in their work, more dedicated to their work,” she noted. “Nothing is taken for granted. Every moment is an opportunity to do all it can do, to deliver the best thing it can offer.”

In fact, Cruse’s dedication rubs off a bit on Connelly.

“I’ve never been so paranoid knowing my lines,” the actress admitted. “It’s a tight ship… It certainly adds a certain amount of pressure because it’s so prepared all the time.”

Fox News’ Nate Day contributed to this report.

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