"I have been on a date with Tom Cruise," she said.
When Rutherford was young she lived for a while in Wayne. During that time, the movie Taps was being filmed at Valley Forge Military Academy, and Rutherford's mother sent in a photo of her to be an extra in the film.
The school was having a dance, and three actors in the film—Tom Cruise, Sean Penn and Evan Handler—were encouraged to go to get a feel for the school and its students. So Rutherford and two other girls were set up with the trio of actors to attend the dance.
Rutherford said she walked arm-in-arm with Cruise, danced with him and spoke to him all night. She said he was very polite and friendly, but noted a strong determination to be successful and a star. Throughout the filming of Taps Rutherford and her sister would visit the school and see Cruise and his co-stars on set.