Cuba Gooding Jr.: Tom Cruise Is a “Real Salt of the Earth Person”

Cuba Gooding Jr. and Tom Cruise pose backstage at the play "The Trip to Bountiful" on Broadway at The Stephen Sondheim Theater on April 16, 2013 in New York City. Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

Cuba Gooding Jr. and Tom Cruise's bromance is still going strong. The Jerry Maguire costars recently reunited on April 16 when Cruise visited Gooding Jr. at his Broadway play, The Trip to Bountiful, in NYC.

Us Weekly caught up with the 45-year-old Broadway star on Tuesday, Apr. 23 at the opening night of his show, and he shared what it was like to see his old pal. Gooding Jr., 45, told Us he "absolutely" has kept in touch with the Oblivion actor, 50, since they worked together in 1996.

"I love him to death. He has been so supportive of my career," he explained. "I followed his movies before I ever worked with him. I was a fan of Top Gun and all of those. But he always surprises me with, not only his craft, but the fact that he shows up unannounced at my play. He was standing up. He got emotional during the end of the play."

"He's a real salt of the earth person that God has blessed and I tell him everyday, 'God loves you, man!' He really does," Gooding Jr. added. "And you can see it through the blessings that he keeps showering down."

The Butler actor also gave Us an update on his family. His daughter Piper is around the same age as Cruise's 7-year-old daughter Suri. "She's into dance and gymnastics," Gooding Jr. said. "That's her thing. And singing. She's a little ballerina."

He is also dad to two teenage sons, Spencer and Mason, with wife Sara Kapfer. "My oldest one is looking at colleges," he shared. "He just left yesterday to L.A., but he's looking at colleges on the East Coast, so it will be fun." 

While his wife may be getting a little emotional about Spencer leaving for college, Gooding Jr. joked that it's time he showed him the money!

"You gotta pay rent soon!" he quipped. "No, I'm kidding!"

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