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Katie Holmes Calls Stepping Behind the Camera 'Very Challenging'

By Janine Rayford Rubenstein

She's been acting for over a decade now, but when it comes to directing, Katie Holmes admits she's still pretty green.

For her recent film All We Had, "I was actually on both sides [of the camera]", Holmes tells PEOPLE while celebrating her Ocean Drive magazine December cover at a party the magazine held during Art Basel in Miami on Friday.

"It was an undertaking, but the movie was produced by Jane Rosenthal and you couldn't ask for a better producer, so I felt very taken care of."

Asked if her first time calling the shots on set was challenging, Holmes says "Very much so! But very, very rewarding."

Holmes, 36, is set to pull double-duty once again, when she reprises her role as Jacqueline Onassis in The Kennedys, which she'll also direct, next year. Says the actress, "Hopefully you just get better every time you do it. That's what I'm hoping for."

In the meantime, she's still enjoying her first calling, receiving rave reviews for her performance as a woman afflicted by bipolar disorder in the film Touched By Fire. "I felt very lucky to have Paul Dalio be my director," says Holmes who was sure to take notes from the pro. "I had a great time."

Reporting by BECKY RANDEL