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The World According To Katie Holmes


(In Style) -- After Katie Holmes took time out to pose for the January cover of In Style, the busy wife, mom, actress and marathoner (among other things) sat down for a quick word-association game.

Role of a lifetime

"I'm living my ideal role. I love being a mom and a wife. In terms of my career, I'd love to do a period piece."

Tom Cruise, airplane pilot

"Trust. I don't give it a thought. He knows what he's doing. When he decides to do something, he does it. It's great. [She giggles.] It's hot."


"Security. Tom and I have a real partnership. I have a respect for marriage. My parents have been together for 41 years."

Best moment

"Walking down the aisle. I always wanted to be married, and it was suddenly happening. I don't know if I breathed."

Must-see TV

"Football -- the Redskins. And soccer. I like watching sports. I shoot basketball with the kids. I'm a good rebounder."

On your iPod now?

"Kanye's new album, Rihanna, Keyshia Cole."

Fashion turn-on

"Tom likes me in a suit and a mini every now and then. I like it when he likes it. It makes me blush. He'll say, 'You look good. I hope security's going with you.' Now that gives me attitude."

Pure pleasure

"The smell of my daughter's breath, a fresh-cut lawn, pulling up to a film set for the first time, hugging my husband."

Perfect day

"Wake up and play with our kids, create a character on set, get on a plane, and eat dinner with other actors in another city."

Turning 30 (December 18, 2008)

"New chapter. I am a bit wiser now. I feel I really lived my 20s, and I'm happy about that."

For more of Katie's interview, pick up the January issue of In Style, on newsstands now.