Ali says she had a pit in her stomach watching the show. "I mean, I felt for you, [Oprah]," she says. "I just thought, 'Wow, you're going to go up there to that mountaintop, and you're going to ask him all the questions that everybody else has been thinking.'"
Ali also knows Tom personally. "I had a small part in Jerry Maguire, but it was a part where Tom and I sat next to each other for 10 days straight. And I'm telling you, he is the kindest man," she says. "He's very genuine, and I felt the interview you had with him really captured that. There was a moment when you're standing on the mountaintop with him, and you say, 'This is absolutely beautiful,' and he put his arm around you and he whispered, 'Thank you' and he gave you a kiss on your head, and I thought, 'That's Tom Cruise right there in that moment.'"
Mark says he watched Oprah's one-on-one interview and the follow-up show celebrating Tom's starring roles with Tom and thought he came across very well. "I thought how he was communicating was good," he says.
Mark says he was also moved when Jamie Foxx told the audience that the rumors and gossip do affect Tom. Gayle agrees. "I've always found him to be kind, very charismatic and a very loving man, and I think he gave it up to you, Oprah. He didn't try to dodge anything that you asked him. And I felt that he showed a vulnerability that we've never seen before that to me was very endearing," Gayle says. "And for everybody who had any doubts about Tom Cruise, I think they say, 'Okay, I see. I see what happened. I see who he is.'"