The actor was in the running to play Charlotte Blackwood in the 1980s blockbuster, but the role eventually went to Kelly McGillis after a bad audition.
Moore told Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show: “I think it was just the timing of things. I think the first audition was great and the screen test, I shanked, I got in my head.
The actor, who went on to find stardom thanks to appearances in Ghost and Indecent Proposal, said: “I just got nervous and I didn’t own it.
“But in my beating myself up, it then just reinforced the idea that I didn’t think I was good enough,“ she added
Moore went on to star with Cruise in 1992 drama A Few Good Men.
In the same interview, Moore discussed the rape she suffered as a teenager. In her newly released memoir, Inside Out, the actor said she was 15 when she was attacked by a friend of her mother’s.
She said: “I felt trapped, I didn’t want [it] and I was clear that I didn’t. I felt like it was my fault. I felt like I had behaved in a way that was mature like I really knew a lot. I never really looked at myself as being a kid. I never looked at it as rape.”
She added: “I saw it as unfortunate, I was very embarrassed by it.”
Additional reporting by Agencies.
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