Dakota Fanning's 'massive shoe collection' comes from Tom Cruise's annual birthday gifts since 2005's 'War of the Worlds'

Dakota Fanning's 'massive shoe collection' comes from Tom Cruise's annual birthday gifts since 2005's 'War of the Worlds'
Dakota Fanning revealed that Tom Cruise has been sending her a birthday gift every year since 2005 (Paramount Pictures, @dakotafanning/Instagram)

ALOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Dakota Fanning, renowned for her role as a child star, has shared an intriguing detail about her long-standing relationship with Tom Cruise, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.

During a recent appearance on Kelly Clarkson’s daytime talk show, Fanning revealed that Cruise has been sending her a birthday gift every year since their 2005 collaboration on 'War of the Worlds.' The gift? Shoes, without fail, for nearly two decades.

Dakota Fanning reveals annual birthday gift from Tom Cruise

Dakota Fanning and Tom Cruise during War of the Worlds New York City Premiere - Outside Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Dakota Fanning and Tom Cruise played father and daughter in 'War of the Worlds,' directed by Steven Spielberg (James Devaney/WireImage)

Fanning recalled the beginning of this unique tradition when she celebrated her 11th birthday on the set of 'War of the Worlds.' "I turned 11 on 'War of the Worlds,' when we worked together and he gave me my first cell phone for that birthday," she said.

“It was a Motorola Razr…I didn’t have anyone to call, but I wanted a Razr so bad. I must have been talking about it a lot because that’s what he got me. It’s such a great memory.”

Dakota Fanning attends the
Dakota Fanning reveals annual birthday gift from Tom Cruise (John Nacion/FilmMagic)

Since that memorable birthday, Cruise has maintained a unique tradition, “He always sends me the same thing every year,” Fanning continued.

Fanning explained. “I loved shoes when I was little, and I started to be able to fit into really small adult shoes when I was on the ‘War of the Worlds’ press tour, so I was really excited about them. So from that birthday on, he always sends me shoes.”

“I loved shoes when I was little, and I started to be able to fit into really small adult shoes when I was on the ‘War of the Worlds’ press tour, so I was really excited about them. So from that birthday on, he always sends me shoes.”

US actor Tom Cruise attends the London Air Ambulance Charity Gala Dinner at The OWO on February 7, 2024, in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Leal - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Tom Cruise’s annual birthday tradition for Dakota Fanning since 2005 stirs online buzz (Daniel Leal - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Kelly Clarkson, visibly charmed by the story, remarked, “That’s so nice. That’s so random too, I love it. You must have a massive shoe collection brought to you by Tom Cruise!”

Fanning and Cruise played father and daughter in 'War of the Worlds,' directed by Steven Spielberg. The film, which premiered in June 2005, grossed nearly $604 million globally, solidifying Fanning’s status as a child star with hits like 'I Am Sam,' 'Uptown Girls,' and 'Man on Fire.'

Internet abuzz as Dakota Fanning reveals Tom Cruise sends her shoes every birthday



 

Dakota Fanning recently charmed fans and followers by revealing a unique birthday tradition with her former co-star Tom Cruise. The actress shared on Kelly Clarkson’s talk show that Cruise has been sending her shoes every year since they filmed 'War of the Worlds' together in 2005. This heartwarming revelation quickly became a topic of lively discussion online.

One user reminisced about seeing a young Fanning at a screening: "I saw Dakota at a screening when she was a kid starting out and she was so well-spoken and professional even then. A charming girl and really serious about acting."

Another praised Cruise's thoughtful gesture, saying, "What a sweet adorable story about Tom Cruise, what a guy he is!!!!"

Fanning's acting talent hasn't gone unnoticed, as one fan noted, "Dakota is a pretty big star in her own right. Her acting chops were quite evident from a young age. The first role that really stuck out for me was 'Man on Fire' with Denzel Washington. It was neat to see them on screen again together in 'The Equalizer 3.'"

Comments continued to pour in, "Dakota is so beautiful and that is sweet that Tom Cruise sends her birthday gifts every year!!!!" wrote one user.

Another simply stated, "Dakota Fanning is brilliant."

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