In 2005, Tom worked with Dakota Fanning in the action-packed War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg. When she arrived at the set, Dakota says she had one thing on her mind—when would she get to meet her famous co-star? "I was so excited to meet him that the backs of everybody's head looked like Tom Cruise to me," she says. When she finally saw him, reality sunk in. "That was the moment I knew that I was in for a really great experience with a very special person."
When filming ended, Dakota says Tom still kept in touch. "I just want to thank you for staying in my life after we finished the movie and calling me to encourage or support me, and sometimes for no reason at all, just to say hello," she says. "I think that's what means the most to me, and I really appreciate all that you have done."
Although she was only 11 years old at the time, Tom says Dakota was wise beyond her years. "Wise and talented," he says.