Date: 25th November 2001

Brit Babe Teaches Cruise Some Manners

British actress ANNA FRIEL says exactly what she thinks - even to superstar TOM CRUISE. The ME WITHOUT YOU (2001) actress encountered MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (1996) hero Cruise backstage in New York, after a performance of her play CLOSER.

And Anna wasn't even slightly intimidated by the actor, insisting he show proper manners indoors, despite his massive fame. She recalls, "He came backstage but he didn't see the play - he was with STEVEN SPIELBERG and NICOLE KIDMAN and they knew NATASHA RICHARDSON really well and they came to see her.

So I walk into the room and it's like, 'Hello. ' Tom had this big cap on, and he was talking to me and I said, 'I can't really see you to speak to,' and he's like, 'Well, all those people on the street,' and I went, 'Well, you're not in the street, mate, you're in the dressing room. ' "So he took his cap off. " (NFA/MHF/ES)

Source: WENN