While speaking to The Independent about her new film, Mission: Impossible-- Dead Reckoning Part One, the actress addressed how she felt about rumors that she was dating Cruise, who is 20 years her senior.
"I would be like, 'Ooh, there’s some weird rumours, and it feels base, it feels a little dirty, it feels grubby, it’s not what I’m about,'" recalled Atwell, 41. "Why are things being assumed or projected onto me about my relationship with my work colleague and boss?"
The actress also noted that it's "upsetting" because "it's involving people in my actual life, my personal life, who have to be on the receiving end of that. It becomes invasive."
Atwell also noted that she sees Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie as "sort of two uncles."