Jennifer Connelly stunned audiences with her timeless beauty in Top Gun: Maverick. The film was a box office success for Paramount, and according to Deadline, the action film had the second-biggest opening weekend internationally, surpassed only by Transformers: Age of Extinction. The actor was 47 when the film began filming in 2018, but due to pandemic delays, the film wasn’t released until May 2022, per Us Weekly. Still, many fans gushed over her beauty in the film, with one tweeting: “The most beautiful woman alive Jennifer Connelly at the premiere of Tom [sic] Weapon: Maverick.” Curiously, at one point in her career, Connelly believed her looks were holding her back. As she told CBS Sunday Morning, “I tend to get cast more in dramas. I think it’s my eyebrows. i look very serious I look strict even if I’m not strict. When I’m not angry, I look a little angry. I can not help myself. It’s just my face.” (Talk about a case of RBF.)
Per Express, “Maverick” marks one of the few times Tom Cruise’s love interest has been closer to his age. The ‘Jerry Maguire’ actor often works alongside much younger co-stars, but in this film Connelly wasn’t decades his junior. Of course, the question arises: how did the actors get along on the set? For her part, Connelly has spoken about what it was like for her to play alongside the legendary Cruise.
Jennifer Connelly admires Tom Cruise’s work ethic
Jennifer Connelly praised Tom Cruise in an interview with Variety. Cruise reprized his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell three decades after the character’s debut, while Connelly played the role of Penny Benjamin, his on-screen love interest. Die-hard Top Gun fans may recall Maverick opening up about his fling with Penny, the general’s daughter. Connelly told Variety she saw how much the franchise meant to him and was grateful to him, the director, and the film’s fans. As for working with Cruise, she revealed that they were practically strangers at first. “I had never met Tom Cruise before. He’s so extraordinary. Spending time with him makes you understand how someone was such a movie star for so many years,” she said.
Connelly also admired Cruise’s dedication to the role. She told BEONDTV he was wonderful, saying, “He puts himself into every moment.” The ‘Labyrinth’ actor added, “Working with him and doing scenes with him was just an honor and a privilege. You couldn’t wish for more to work with someone like that.” The actress also admitted that she was excited to hear she was going to be working with the “Mission Impossible” star, and maybe a little impressed. She gushed, “Wow, you’re Tom Cruise!” But it wasn’t just Cruise’s work ethic that charmed Connelly. She also shared how he reacted when he found out about one of her personal challenges.
Jennifer Connelly hid her fear of flying from Tom Cruise
Jennifer Connelly and the cast of Top Gun: Maverick have toured the world with the film, attending premieres and even meeting royalty. And with all the interviews they’ve done, the cast has also learned more about each other. Connelly revealed that Tom Cruise learned an interesting fact about her during a press briefing. Speaking to MRSS Dev, she admitted she was scared of flying. She was never intended to do on-air scenes, and the move didn’t come until a later stage of filming. Cruise explained that he wanted her to do an aerobatic scene, saying, “It’s just going to be very graceful roles. It’ll be very elegant.” Connelly kept her cool and didn’t let on that she was afraid of flying. Cruise apparently only found out about her fear when she spoke to the press after the film’s release. Connelly revealed, “Actually, he said the other day, ‘You know, I heard recently that you were afraid of flying, and you never told me.'” She replied, “Of course I didn’t tell you. regarding Tom Cruise.”
In an interview for “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” Connelly also opened up about Cruise’s warm personality when Kelly Ripa mentioned his kindness. She said: “He was incredibly generous with me and my daughter Agnes, who often came to work with me. So cute with her, really great.”