The Girl Next Door
Katie Holmes: 'My Husband Has Red Roses For Me Everywhere I Go'
by Erin Hill
Katie Holmes is back on the big screen in "The Romantics." With an all-star cast that includes Josh Duhamel and Anna Paquin, the film tells the story of seven close friends who reunite at the wedding of two of their own (Paquin and Duhamel). Holmes plays the maid of honor, who still has feelings for her ex, who happens to be the groom.
In New York City, the 31-year-old, who also served as an executive producer of the film, told reporters why everyone can relate to an old-fashioned love triangle.
On what drew her to the film.
"I really loved the script when I read it. It felt a lot like "The Big Chill" and "St. Elmo's Fire" and also a little bit of a John Hughes feeling, and I always loved those movies growing up. Then I met with Galt [director Galt Niederhoffer] and I thought she was so smart, and the cast started coming together and just the feel of it, the look of it and the people that were involved in it was really exciting."
She was blown away by the cast.
"It was great to work with this wonderful cast and director. I was floored by the performances. These guys are such incredible actors. It was really inspiring every single day because you'd watch somebody else do a scene and you'd be like, 'OK, wow. I didn't know that was what it was about.' They brought something so different and wonderful. It was such a great time, I think that's why we all still hang out and we go to dinner often and we're a tight-knit group."
What she brought to the table as executive producer.
"Lots of cupcakes and coffee, that was really the extent of it! I was really flattered when I was able to have this position. I just tried to help when I could and sort of cheer people on. I actually used this time to learn even more from everyone, from the producers and the director, so it was really wonderful and I really appreciated that."
Going up against Anna Paquin for Josh Duhamel's love.
"I think that the love triangle is one of the things that I found really wonderful about this movie. These conflicts are something that so many people go through, and it makes for a good film."
Her husband, Tom Cruise, is a romantic at heart.
"My husband has red roses for me everywhere I go."
On not being afraid to show your flaws to the ones you love.
"When you have real friends, you can be your true self, and people love you for it. I think that's what feels good about watching this movie and what felt good being in this movie and portraying these people -- people who are real and have their ups and downs and they have this family around them that has been through it all. And if you're lucky to have people like that in your life, it's wonderful."
How she stays strong in the movie business.
"I think that you just never give up, you keep going because making films can be very challenging and you just have to keep pushing."
Dreams of heading back to the Great White Way.
"I loved doing Broadway; it was so much fun. I loved the cast and the community was so wonderful and welcoming. I enjoyed every single night. I can't wait to go back to the theatre soon."