Jennifer Connelly Wishes “Top Gun: Maverick ”Costar Tom Cruise Happy Birthday: 'Here's to Another Trip Around the Sun'

Jennifer Connelly wished Tom Cruise a happy 62nd birthday, posting a photo of the pair astride a motorcycle

<p>Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty; Theo Wargo/Getty</p> Jennifer Connelly and Tom Cruise

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Jennifer Connelly and Tom Cruise

Jennifer Connelly is sending birthday wishes to a very special costar.

Tom Cruise, turning 62 on Wednesday June 3, received a tribute from his Top Gun: Maverick costar via Instagram marking the big day.

“Here’s to another trip around the sun,” wrote Connelly, 53, in a post on her Instagram. Its photo, clearly taken from the set of their 2022 hit movie, shows Cruise in aviator sunglasses riding a sleek motorcycle with Connelly seated behind him. Both stars are grinning from ear to ear, the wind in their hair.

The Beautiful Mind Oscar winner concluded her caption, “Happy birthday @tomcruise!”

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Among the post's comments was the account for movie distributor Paramount Pictures: "Happy birthday, Maverick 🫡"

Connelly played Penelope "Penny" Benjamin in the Joseph Kosinski-directed follow-up to 1968's Top Gun. A former flame of Cruise's character, Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, she embarks on another romance with the Navy pilot as he is recruited to train a class of Top Gun graduates for a dangerous mission.

“He's extraordinary as a person and fantastic as an actor, and I think that he is just perfect," Connelly said of her costar in a 2023 interview with Variety.

<p>Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty</p> Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly

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Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly

In an April interview with Entertainment Tonight, Connelly said that if she got the call to do another sequel, she’d “be there” and “ready.” She and Cruise "had such a great time shooting [Maverick]. It was fun."

Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer behind both Top Gun movies, confirmed to PEOPLE the franchise’s filmmaking team is "working on" Top Gun 3.

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Connelly wasn’t the only well wisher on Cruise’s 62nd spin around the sun. Salma Hayek, a star of the Cruise-produced 2006 movie Ask the Dust, captioned a cute photo of the pair, "Feliz cumpleańos querido,” on her Instagram Stories

Cruise was most recently spotted hanging out with Gillian Anderson and Simon Pegg during Coldplay’s performance at the 2024 Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. on June 30. On screen, he last appeared on the big screen in Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning and continues to work on the eighth movie in that action franchise, scheduled for a May 2025 release. 

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