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Katie Holmes Confirms Diamonds and 'Dawson's Creek' Are Forever

Catching up with the actress during NYFW.

By Faran Krentcil

It takes Katie Holmes a little time to descend the Cartier Mansion's staircase, but the actress and working mom gets a free pass for two reasons:

1. She's wearing four-inch heels and a floor-length Valentino gown, neither of which were built for mobility.

2. She's likely still recovering from the experience of getting one-on-one time with Grace Kelly's diamonds in the flagship store's private vault.

There's also the crowd, a crush of fine jewelry clients invited to the Mansion's grand re-opening, and proving even fancy people can't resist taking iPhone pics of celebs—especially after several flutes of champagne.

Fortunately, we found a little nook behind a case of bedazzled rings (estimated worth: $10 million) to speak with Holmes.

Cartier loaned you some jewels for the evening. Do you have a bodyguard?

[Laughing and pointing at her mother] Do you mean her?

Exactly. It's cool you took your mom to a fashion party. What does she think?

I mean, what's not to love? All this amazing jewelry.

You must get a lot of invitations. Why come here?

I just finished playing Jackie Kennedy [in the upcoming Kennedys After Camelot miniseries], who was a huge Cartier fan. Even though they don't have her pieces here in the archive, her legacy is still here... and we just enjoyed seeing Grace Kelly's old pieces. That was a really special experience.

Did you feel any special energy from her pieces?

You know, I feel like Grace Kelly just had such incredible taste. I'm not sure it's about any of that—for lack of better words, it's just really fun to see what she had in her collection!

You directed a film called All We Had that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. What else is coming up for you?

We're releasing that film in theaters on December 9! And I directed an episode of the new Kennedys series-there's four total in the miniseries, and I directed one of them. And I'm in the process of adapting a book into a screenplay. It's called Rare Objects [by Kathleen Tessaro] and it's for me to direct. So yes, there's a lot more coming.

That book has several female characters. Will you be playing any of them?

I'm not sure yet. We'll have to see.

Do you know every episode of Dawson's Creek is on Hulu now? Do teens and tweens stop you on the street now to talk about it?

Sometimes on Instagram, girls say, "I'm watching this episode." It's nice the show can exist in 2016, and it's still a relevant thing to kids now. It meant something to us when we made it! And we had such a great experience filming it, so it's rewarding to see that it still holds up, even with all the other [teen] programs out there. It makes me feel great.

Did you keep any costumes from the show?

I still have a pair of Joey's tennis shoes somewhere. Still!

You're a front row regular for Zac Posen and Michael Kors. Do you remember your first fashion show ever?

It was an Alexander McQueen show. It was in New York. My friend Michael took me, and it was at Chelsea Piers. The models walked through water. It was in, like, 1998 or 1999, and I was mesmerized.

Was that your first time wearing McQueen?

Oh, I was in jeans and a T-shirt. Nobody dressed [me]! I was just given a ticket and showed up.