While Tom Cruise blows up the box office this weekend in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, critic/reporter David Sheehan’s original web series “Sheehan & The Stars” spotlights an upclose over-the-years look at Cruise candidly describing critical crossroads on his way to becoming one of the biggest and most likable movie stars of all time.

It’s a never-seen-before Tom Cruise, very genuinely telling his own story in his own words.

“Before I start anything, I do get nervous about it,” Cruise tells Sheehan, “you know, when you start something you’re looking at the mountain and you just take one step at a time and it gets easier and easier and easier.”

The actor also talks about what life was like before his success: “I was lonely and isolated,” Cruise says, “any person can understand what it’s like, at one time in your life, to feel lonely or isolated. That’s just one of the things that I really had to look at in playing this part (Lystat in Interview with the Vampire).”

Sheehan asks: “Did you use the isolation that you feel from being a movie star to identify with that?”

Cruise answers: “I don’t feel isolated now. Actually, before I became a movie star, and growing up, there were times in my life when I felt isolated. So you look back at that, and think about times when you need to be appreciated.”

Watch the full interview below

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