“He’s so exceptional” – Top Gun: Maverick Actor Jennifer Connelly Talks About Intimate Scenes With Tom Cruise

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Top Gun: Maverick actress Jennifer Connelly for the first time spoke about her intimate scene with Tom Cruise, during an interview published by Variety.

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Poster of Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

Tom Cruise is coming back with the most anticipated sequel to Top Gun with Jennifer Connelly alongside him. In Top Gun: Maverick, Jennifer Connelly plays the character of Penny Benjamin who is a love interest to Tom Cruise’s Pete Maverick Mitchell. Jennifer in Top Gun: Maverick is a strong character who succeeds the original film’s Kelly McGillis in every way bringing new elements to the story.

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Jennifer Connelly’s Intimate Scenes with Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

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Jennifer Connelly with Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

The Top Gun: Maverick leading lady in an interview talked about her character’s experience positively. Although love scenes, according to Variety, are “not something we see often from Cruise at this stage in his career,” the same applies to Connelly as well.

She said, “We focused on the intimacy of how they fit into each other’s lives. I think those characters have a tender relationship, the way she understands him. They share a moment in bed chatting, and it tells as much about their relationship as the scene that is the preamble to that. They have some unresolved business between them, and she navigates that with humour and playfulness. I feel like she’s someone who is positive and is moving toward happiness.”

Jennifer’s Working Experience with Tom Cruise

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Jennifer Connelly in Top Gun: Maverick

Jennifer hasn’t met with Tom Cruise before but with Top Gun: Maverick, she thinks highly of him. She said, “I had never even met Tom Cruise before. He’s so exceptional. Spending time with him, you understand how someone has been such a movie star for so many years. It was clear to me what the franchise means to him, so I felt beholden to him, [producer] Jerry Bruckheimer and the audiences who love the film so much.”


When asked about her character not being in the active military, she told that she did shoot a sailing sequence in rough conditions in San Francisco. She was worried that she would forget something during the scene so decided to recreate it at home with her family.

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The star stated, “I have a sailing scene, and it was a very distracting environment. We were on a boat shooting up in San Francisco; it was incredibly windy, with big waves. The boat was at an impossible angle, moving so fast, and we had to play the scene at the same time. I was so paranoid that I was going to forget something with all those distractions. She added, “I found myself standing on the coffee table in my living room, practising with my kids spraying water at me and blowing on me while I ran my lines. I have a video of it.”

Joseph Kosinski directed Top Gun: Maverick is a sequel to 1986’s Top Gun starring Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer.

Top Gun: Maverick will premiere in theatres on May 27th.


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