Here's a handy tip: If you suspect someone is lying to you, see if they drop a lot of unnecessary details, because that's usually a dead giveaway. Why do we mention this? No reason, although apropos of nothing, Grazia magazine has an exhaustive story of Tom Cruise's alleged date nights with fellow Scientologist Laura Prepon.
"Tom has known Laura for a few years now, and they are all in the same social group that includes John Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston," relays a snitch. ''He's always been fascinated by her and, since seeing her in 'Orange Is the New Black,' that has turned into an attraction. So he bit the bullet and asked her out on a formal date.''
"Formal date" covers a lot of ground with Cruise, 51, whose first date with Katie Holmes was repeatedly and painstakingly recounted (sushi on his private plane and a motorcycle ride to the beach) over the course of their suspicion-surrounded, seven-year relationship. And while courting second wife Nicole Kidman, he allegedly took her for a walk through a field of wildflowers created just for the occasion.
According to Grazia, Tom twice took Prepon, 33, to the Renaissance, a restaurant inside the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles. And no need to wonder about what exactly happened on the supposed dates, because the magazine has oodles of details.
"He had her picked up in a vintage car, knowing it was one of her favorites, and had pre-ordered a vintage bottle of 1979 merlot, which was on the table when she arrived," specifies the source. "They spent three hours laughing and joking. It's clear Tom is smitten, and after the date he was on cloud nine."
Anything else, detail-oriented and chatty insider? ''They had their second date at the restaurant, too, meeting for Sunday brunch," adds the spy, "and she then accompanied him a few days later to a dinner party at John and Kelly's home."
So, is an L. Ron Hubbard-approve love connection in the works? Apparently, not so much.
When contacted for comment, Cruise's rep told us the story is "false."
Prepon, whose role on "OITNB" has been chopped, previously dated another Scientologist, actor Christopher Masterson.