Stephen M. Silverman
April 14, 2006 08:00 AM

Love and marriage are just two of the topics Tom Cruise touches upon with Diane Sawyer in his interview Friday night on ABC’s Primetime.

But when it comes down to his 27-year-old pregnant fiancée, the 43-year-old star says, according to excerpts from the Q&A on the ABC Web site: “We’re just a couple that are gonna have a baby and very excited about it, about this new life.”

The child, which is due imminently – Cruise has owned up to knowing the sex but has not revealed it – will not have a Catholic baptism, despite Holmes’s having been raised a Catholic, says Cruise. Instead, like him, the baby and new mother will be Scientologists.

“No,” Cruise tells Sawyer. “I mean, you can be Catholic and be a Scientologist. You can be Jewish and be a Scientologist. But we’re just Scientologists.”

Cruise dismisses reports that Holmes’s religious parents, Martin and Kathleen Holmes of Ohio, are annoyed by their daughter’s shift in faith. Instead, he says, he’s close with “the whole family” and – “absolutely, yes” – they approve of Scientology, which, according to Cruise, provides “tools to help better your life. That’s what Scientology is. It helps you to improve your life.”

As for improving delivery of the baby through the tenets of Scientology, Cruise confirms that Holmes will adhere to Scientology’s practice of quiet birth – described by Cruise as a means to “minimize talk and other noise inside the delivery room” and “basically just respecting the mother.”

Addressing speculation that such a practice would deny Holmes any pain medication should she require it, Cruise says: “She does what she’s gotta do. If she needs medicine, she needs medicine.”

As for what attracted him to Holmes in the first place, Cruise says: “Her smile drives me crazy in a good way. She has this thing that she does with her tongue when she smiles. When she’s really laughing when her tongue sticks out and it’s the cutest thing.”

But “when we’re riding motorcycles,” he says, “I tell her look, please don’t stick your tongue out. If we hit a bump or anything I get a little bit nervous.”

He’s also charmed by the fact that “she loves cupcakes … she loves to laugh,” he says.

So, why the delay in walking down the aisle? “We were just talking about it last night,” says Cruise. “She has this beautiful belly, this glowing woman. We were walking up to bed, and I just, I can’t wait till we get married. I can’t wait till I can call and say, ‘Hey, you know, put my wife on the phone.’ ”

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