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Katie Holmes' August Glamour Cover Interview
6 Random Fun Facts We Learned From Zac Posen's Glamour Interview With Katie Holmes (Hint: It Involves Cheese Fries)
July 8, 2014
She was Joey Potter, then Mrs. Tom Cruise, and now Katie Holmes is on her third and most fulfilling act: single working mom. (OK, her job is acting with Meryl Streep, and her daughter is a pint-size style icon—but still!) She tells her best fashion friend, designer Zac Posen, all about her new life and confidence. Here, a few surprising but true facts we learned about Katie. To read the full story, pick up the August issue of Glamour on newsstands starting July 15, or download the digital edition now at glamour.com/app.
1. If she had her way, she'd have done this interview in red-carpet
KATIE HOLMES: I was hoping [gestures around studio] to do this interview in a gown.
ZAC POSEN: Well, we can do the second half in a gown if you want.
KH: I’ll be more eloquent in a gown. [Laughs.]
2. She and designer turned Glamour reporter Zac Posen have
known each other since the days of Dawson's Creek but recently bonded
over some classic diner food.
ZP: So, Katie, I feel like we really got to know each other a few months ago over cheese fries at a diner. But we first met when we were really young. You were still on—
KH: The Creek?
ZP: Exactly. We’ll call it the Creek.
3. Her runway power song is a classic.
ZP: You started out as a model, right?
KH: I went to a local modeling school when I was about 10 and learned to walk the runway. But at 14 I [got told] I was too short, so that didn’t work out.
ZP: Is it true that you loved RuPaul’s “You Better Work” supermodel song back then?
KH: [Laughs.] I did that song in the eighth-grade talent show. That was the song!
4. Despite the fact that she wanted to do her Glamour
interview in a gown, when it comes to style, her "I can really do anything"
must-have is denim.
ZP: You’ve definitely taken an interest in style and fashion.
KH: I do like to buy my own clothes because I like to support designers. I know the work that goes into it. I have a tightly edited closet. I like what I like. And I repeat a lot. But I’m always comfortable in jeans—I feel like I can really do anything when I’m in them.
ZP: You even had your own women’s fashion line [Holmes & Yang, which closed earlier this year]. What did you learn from that?
KH: I learned a greater appreciation for the craft of cutting a silhouette that makes a woman look as feminine as possible. That’s difficult to achieve.
ZP: Tell me about it!
5. She makes a mean chicken finger.
KH: …But motherhood is the greatest gift. When I became a mother, my life completely changed.
ZP: What’s been the biggest change?
KH: I’ve seen Frozen a lot. But the biggest change? I think you don’t know—I didn’t know how much love I had in me. It’s overwhelming. Every day I discover more about this spectacular human being I get to be the mother of.
ZP: What do you like to cook for her?
KH: Plain pasta with butter is a hit. Chocolate-chip pancakes are a hit—together with chocolate-chip cookies. I do a homemade chicken finger. That’s a hit.
6. She's an equal-opportunity fan of both seeing the movie
and reading the book.
ZP: So let’s talk about your new movie, The Giver.
KH: I loved the Lois Lowry book [a young adult novel about a futuristic, seemingly utopian society in which everyone looks and acts the same]. There’s this community that has decided to create a life that has no pain but also has no real joy. The director Phil Noyce created a society that’s so “ideal”—it’s pretty sci-fi.
ZP: Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift are also in the film.
KH: Being in a movie with Meryl Streep was a huge dream come true. When the cameras rolled, she was spot-on and such a pro. It was just a thrill to walk on set with her.
ZP: Did you read The Giver when you were younger?
KH: No. [But now] I find it to be a really important read. My favorite books of my childhood were definitely [J.D.] Salinger’s, like Franny and Zooey, The Catcher in the Rye, and then Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham. Maya Angelou’s work.
Katie on working with Meryl Streep on The
"Being in a movie with Meryl Streep was a huge dream come true. When the cameras rolled, she was spot-on and such a pro. It was just a thrill to walk on set with her."
Katie on whether she is dating...
"I am really focused on motherhood and work right now."
Katie on how being a mother has changed her life...
"I've seen Frozen a lot. But the biggest change? I think you don't know—I didn't know how much love I had in me. It's overwhelming. Every day I discover more about this spectacular human being I get to be the mother of." Katie on her personal style... "I do like to buy my own clothes because I like to support designers. I know the work that goes into it. I have a tightly edited closet. I like what I like. And I repeat a lot. But I'm always comfortable in jeans—I feel like I can really do anything when I'm in them."
Katie on her family...
"[M]y family has been so crucial to my outlook on life. I started acting at 17 and had success at an early age, where all of a sudden people knew who I was. But my parents always treated me the exact same way at home and reminded me of gratitude. And that's been a grounding force."