For a few years there, Katie Holmes was known to most of us as Mrs Tom Cruise, a meek actress swept along on her husband’s madcap ride.
It seemed like she didn’t get out much on her own.
Having rebuilt her life, she’s back on our big screens in a major new film, Phillip Noyce’s The Giver, with veterans Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges and Australia’s Brenton Thwaites.
The movie’s getting major buzz but she has one thing on her mind: daughter Suri.
“The most important thing for me is letting her know how proud I am and that her accomplishments mean everything,” said the 35-year-old actress. “Whatever I do is whatever. It’s really just about her and that’s what I think is most important.”
Raising Suri in the media glare, she works hard to protect her 8-year-old. “I think, of course, you try your best,” said Katie, the youngest of a close-knit five growing up in Toledo, Ohio.
“I try very hard because I am very grateful for my upbringing and my parents and siblings. I try to do what they did for me for my little one.”
As for those seven full-on Tom years, which she escaped by blindsiding him with divorce papers in 2012, she maintains the past is the past.
“I never really look back. I just approach life one day at a time,” she said. “I’m really excited about where I am right now, this movie … I’ve had some really wonderful creative experiences. I am just excited about the future.”
What’s the most important thing to you?