Tom Cruise and Brooke Shields
Splash News; Ash Knotek/Snappers/Zuma
05/24/2005 at 02:00 PM EDT
Tom Cruise has some harsh words for Brooke Shields about how she coped with depression.
The War of the Worlds star, who had a tiny role 24 years ago in Shields's movie romance Endless Love, condemns the actress's admission in her new book, Down Came the Rain, that she took medication to cope with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter Rowan.
"I care about Brooke Shields because I think she is an incredibly talented women, (but) look at where has her career gone," he tells Access Hollywood in an interview.
Cruise, an ardent advocate of Scientology, which condemns mind-altering prescriptions of any kind, says: "When someone says (medication) has helped them, it is to cope, it didn't cure anything. There is no science. There is nothing that can cure them whatsoever."
Instead, Cruise, 41, suggests that women take "vitamins and exercise," and warns that what Shields is promoting is "irresponsible." Despite this, he adds, "I wish her well in life."
As for her career, Cruise says: "Look, is she happy? Is she really happy?"
Shield's rep have not commented on the matter. But as New York's Daily News reports, Shields's professional life appears to be fine. The former Suddenly Susan star, who turns 40 at the end of this month, is currently headlining the London West End revival of Chicago.