“Like his mother and three sisters, Cruise suffered from dyslexia.” (Tom Cruise Biography) Did Suri Cruise inherit Tom Cruise’s dyslexia? In front of the scenes, Tom Cruise just reconfirmed his international celebrity status on Sunday, Nov. 25, by touching down in a RAF helicopter on London’s closed off Trafalgar Square, according to The Telegraph report.
“Tom Cruise brought Trafalgar Square to a standstill as he flew in to the famous London landmark by helicopter to begin shooting his latest Hollywood film.”
Besides his infamous celebrity helicopter touchdown for the shooting of his 2014 film All You Need Is Kill, Tom’s busy schedule includes the December 2012 movie Jack Reacher, the 2013 sci-fi film Oblivion, the future Universal Studios vampire movie Van Helsing, and a continuing movie in the Mission Impossible series.
Behind the scenes, however, Tom Cruise just had the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with his daughter from Tuesday to Saturday. Until Tuesday, Tom Cruise hadn’t seen Suri since she started the new school year at her private school Avenues which is located only a few blocks away from her mother’s New York apartment in the luxury Mercantile building in Chelsea.
According to Sunday’s Mirror report,
“The star [Tom Cruise], who was seen filming in Central London yesterday, sent his private jet to New York to pick up the youngster – after getting ex-wife Katie Holmes ’ go-ahead for the 3,400-mile visit.A Jaguar whisked her away from Luton Airport on Tuesday to the 5-star hotel, where he’d had a room painted pink specially for her.”
Suri Cruise seems to not only like colors but, judging from some of the celebrity pictures that were taken with her and her 33-year-old mother Katie Holmes in New York, she also enjoys patterns, a specific style of clothing, and Mickey Mouse shoes.
Even though Suri Cruise’s flair for colors, patterns, and Mickey Mouse shoes does not distinguish her that much from other six-year-old girls, (other than the fact that she was named “Most Stylish Child in the World, Beating Out Blue Ivy and Willow Smith”) the most recent celebrity pictures of Suri Cruise might have reminded Tom Cruise of his own childhood when he used to imitate Donald Duck.
The parallelism between Tom Cruise’s own childhood and Suri Cruise’s childhood are astounding and it would be no surprise if Tom Cruise didn’t spend some behind-the-scenes moments during these past days with Suri wondering if his daughter has inherited his dyslexia.
Many dyslexics are destined to be the first in something. With Suri Cruise already being named the first as the most stylish girl in the world at the age of six (see video), it would be to no surprise if Suri Cruise wasn’t already following in her father’s path.
As Tom Cruise experienced in his own childhood, dyslexia is not only a learning disability that can create challenges with left-brain hemisphere oriented tasks like reading, writing, or math, but it can also be an amazing ability that is characterized by creativity, innovation, and originality.
In addition to celebrating Thanksgiving with Suri, visiting the Harry Potter World theme park, and playing with Suri’s toys, the now 50-year-old Tom Cruise finally had the opportunity to experience his six-year-old daughter’s writing, reading, math skills, and her creativity.
Judging from Suri Cruise’s family lineage (see slide show), her father’s talent of facial expressions and her courage in the face of continuous paparazzi followers, it would not be unexpected if Suri Cruise had dyslexia.
While dyslexia can create problems in an academic environment which focuses mainly on left-brain hemisphere tasks, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have already ensured that their daughter Suri Cruise is in a school that fosters academics as well as creativity.
Unlike his daughter’s supportive school environment, Tom Cruise’s school experience was quite different.
”When I was about seven, I was labeled dyslexic. I’d try to concentrate on what I was reading, and then I’d get to the end of the page and have very little memory of anything I’d read. I would go blank, feel anxious, nervous, bored, frustrated, dumb.” (Tom Cruise)
By the time Tom Cruise was 14 years old, he had been to 15 schools because of his father’s work. Unlike his unpleasant memories of his father, Tom Cruise talked highly of his mother during an Inside the Actors Studio interview on Jan. 11, 2004. “She was very warm, a very charismatic woman; kind, generous.” One is reminded of Katie Holmes.
The behind-the-scenes interview with the Actors Studio revealed not only Tom Cruise’s dyslexia strengths but also the foundation of his movie performances.
Tom Cruise was “The kid who forgot to take out the garbage on Tuesdays because you’d be in the back yard staring at the clouds.”
When asked if Tom Cruise was a daydreamer, he answered, “Yes, I was a daydreamer. I liked to dream, you know, create. I used to like to make my sisters laugh. And I’d write skits, and perform, do imitations… I used to imitate the classic Donald Duck.”
Like his daughter Suri Cruise, Tom Cruise experienced the effects that a divorce can have on a child. In 1974, when Tom Cruise was 12, his parents got divorced. For Tom Cruise, his personal conclusion was that “it was the right thing.”
In discussing the behind-the-scenes and the front-of-the scenes tapestry that shaped Tom Cruise’s life and career, Tom Cruise said during the interview,
“With my work and in life, I find that you don’t need things like that in order to have something profound to say; well like divorce or tremendous adversity. In my life and in my work the things that I use and the technique that I’ve kind of created is really utilizing the power of imagination, the ability to believe, to dream.”
When talking about the hard times, the pressures, and the challenges of his childhood and his parents’ divorce Tom Cruise explained the differences that enabled him so become successful.
“But there was a lot of love in the family…. You come back [from hard times] because you see the support, the love, the caring. I realized how people can flourish with that. And people do flourish with that. And that kind of support, that got us all through it. And, it’s interesting because people say to me now, ‘don’t you wish you had a normal life? … Everywhere that I’ve been and all the schools that I’ve been to, when people say, you know, ‘normal, normal, normal.’ I’ve never met a normal person. Everyone has a story. Everyone.”
Tom Cruise’s realization that it is love and support that makes all the difference in life, is the foundation of his celebrity career, his association with Scientology, his role as an ex-husband, and his purpose as a father.
Finding a balance can create a major challenge and a problem.
“I think that is life. Life is having these problems, dealing with problems,” Tom Cruise said during the Actors Studio interview.
In the end, whether or not Suri Cruise has inherited her father’s dyslexia or not won’t really matter. What matters is that Suri Cruise has a father who knows what is essential in life, even if he is not physically there for many months. Tom Cruise certainly knows that living with her mother Katie Holmes, his daughter Suri Cruise has everything that she needs to become the person that she is meant to be.
If Suri Cruise has inherited Tom Cruise’s dyslexia, then celebrity world watch out. The next time a landing RAF helicopter will bring London’s Trafalgar Square to a standstill won’t be by her celebrity father Tom Cruise but by the future Mission Impossible lead character and hero, Suri Cruise.
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The power, legacy of Steven Spielberg’s dyslexia in 60 Minutes: ‘I own my fear’
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