The Girl Next Door
Exclusive! Katie Holmes on letting go of emotion
The master of deflection, Red gets to know Katie Holmes (or at least tries to...)
Red - UK
By Annabel Meggeson
Of my precious interview time with Katie Holmes, half of it has been spent politely fending off queries from Holmes about my own skincare regime, piano practice and kids.
Yes, she’s sweet and friendly, and I’m very happy to chat, but Holmes is also the master of deflection. I realise this is one of her most effective interview tactics, learnt along the way. That gawky, approachable girl-next-door we identified with during the Dawson’s Creek heyday is long gone, and via a six-year marriage to Tom Cruise and becoming a mum to daughter, Suri, now eight, in her place is someone more polished, professional and distant. Which makes interviewing her all the more challenging.
I ask her whether there’s any misconception about herself she’d like to change. There follows a long pause and I’m worried I’ve lost her for a moment, but eventually she takes a breath and says, ‘I think that it’s a very interesting time for artists right now because of social media and camera phones. I don’t think you ever know how you’ll be portrayed. Any story can attach itself to your image. I don’t pay much attention because I’d spend the whole time worrying. I just don’t go out much to avoid it.’
Women-doing-it-for-themselves is a recurring theme for Holmes. In fact, women in general get her vote, big time. ‘Women are complicated, in a beautiful way, and they have lots of different roles. I’m inspired by the community of women it takes to help one woman succeed. It’s important to be supportive and have people you can call at 3am.’
So, who does she call at 3am? ‘I have a group of friends I call, and my sisters.’ Her sisters (she has three, and one brother) are her best friends, she says, to the point that, ‘If I’m thinking about my sister, she will end up calling me, it’s weird. Telepathic.’
At first, Holmes isn’t sure how best to answer the question, ‘What would you tell your 20-year-old self?’
‘I’m not so different than I was at 20,’ she tells me. ‘I still buy too many jeans…’ But eventually she says, ‘I don’t stay stuck on anything too long.’ There’s a pause. ‘I mean, like, any emotion.’
I feel this is closest I will get to a reference to her marriage to Cruise. And that’s OK. Katie Holmes has moved on. And I should too.
Read the full interview in February’s issue of Red, on sale 2 January 2015, and available on Digital Edition