Tom Cruise Meets With Zelensky In Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is making headlines for his chat with another high-profile figure: Tom Cruise.

The "Mission Impossible" star met with Zelensky on Monday as he visits the eastern European country scouting potential locations for a future film.

Ukraine and Zelensky have been the subject of intense focus in Washington since a whistleblower report detailed a July 25 call between President Trump and Zelensky in which the commander in chief asked the Ukrainian government to "look into" former Vice President Joe Biden, a call that came days after Trump suspended hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid to Kyiv.

The Ukrainian president's office released a summary and photos from Cruise's meet-and-greet, showing the 57-year-old actor smiling alongside Zelensky.

In a video shared by Zelensky's office, he exclaimed to Cruise, "You're good-looking!" Cruise replied with a laugh, "It pays the rent."

While there was no reported mention of Trump from the encounter, Zelensky noted to Cruise "that the Ukrainian Parliament had recently passed a law on compensation for foreign filmmakers in Ukraine." 

The move, the office said, "will promote active development of the film industry and give a boost to international co-production."

Source: The Hill