Tom Cruise: I Didn’t Party in the ’80s Like Everyone Else

The '80s were a time of excess, but Tom Cruise steered clear of wild nights and loose women. Though it served him well, it also made playing an over-the-top rock star more challenging.

"In the '80s I was on movie sets. I was so focused on films and studying movies and learning about how films are made. I wasn't really part of that world. I missed that," Cruise, 49, said at the Rock of Ages premiere in London June 10. "I was living in a different part of the '80s. To go back and look at it, it was wild."

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Actor Tom Cruise attends the European Premiere of 'Rock Of Ages' at Odeon Leicester Square on June 10, 2012 in London, England. Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

A family man at heart, Cruise — who sings "Pour Some Sugar on Me" as Stacee Jaxx in the film — added that "nothing is more important" than his wife Katie Holmes, 33, and his three children: Suri, 6, Connor, 17, and Isabella, 19. "One thing feeds the other, the work and the family," Cruise said. "I feel very lucky."

Rock of Ages — in theaters June 15 — also stars Julianne Hough, 23, Diego Boneta, 21, Mary J. Blige, 41, Russell Brand, 37, Malin Akerman, 34, Alec Baldwin, 54, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, 42.

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