Hannah Waddingham Defends Tom Cruise from Critics: 'No Time for Anyone Saying Anything About Him'
2024/02/06

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Waddingham, 49, appeared on the British cooking show for its special Christmas Day episode on Monday, where she touched on working with Cruise, 61, on the upcoming eighth installment of the .

"I have to say, I have a real problem with anybody that goes at [Cruise] now," Waddingham said, after noting she has yet to complete filming for additional scenes in the film. "Having met him and spent five days intensely, on [a U.S. aircraft carrier during filming]... Five days, no fineries, all of us mucking in for five days."

“He is, without doubt, one of the loveliest and encouraging, positive and inspiring human beings I have ever met. Isn’t he gorgeous?" she told host James Martin. "I have no time for anyone saying anything about him.” 

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Cruise has been filming the new filmonboard a U.S. aircraft carrier, which Waddingham identified as the , dating back to at least March of this year, per reports from . Cruise, Waddingham and director were on board the aircraft carrier on March 3, per a Navy issued March 9.

It is unclear what role Waddingham will play in the upcoming movie, which expects to directly follow up on the conflict between Cruise's Ethan Hunt and villain Gabriel (Esai Morales), who are at odds over ownership of a key that unlocks control to a supremely powerful artificial intelligence system referred to as the Entity in the movie.

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The next was scheduled to release in June 2024, but this year's months-long resulted in delays that will ultimately to May 2025.

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Waddingham's praise of Cruise echoes what , who joined the franchise for its most recent release, told PEOPLE of working with the action star back in July.

“[Cruise's] reputation precedes him with actresses in that he makes them feel very safe, very seen, really respected,” Atwell said at the time. “He loves people to thrive, he loves intelligent women. He wants people to engage and be part of this process. And so when I read with him on the screen test, it already felt like we were workshopping it.”

Atwell, 41, is expected to reprise her role as Grace in the next installment, with , , Henry Czerny, Ving Rhames, Pom Klementieff and Shea Whigham also expected to reprise their roles.

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