Oh, this is rich. In a new interview with Parade magazine, the increasingly normal-seeming Katie Holmes announces that Tom’s two adopted children — from his marriage to Nicole Kidman, call her “Mom”:
His first two children are incredible, really smart and kind. They call me â€œMom.â€
Nicole’s the same woman who recently talked about how very, very sad she’d be if she couldn’t have a biological kid. If I were one of her adopted kids, I wouldn’t want to call that woman “Mom,” either.
Full interview with Katie is after the jump.
PARADE: Happy holidays. Do you look forward to this season?
KATIE: I have always been a huge fan of the holidays. My birthday is December 18th, so itâ€™s my favorite time of the year. Iâ€™m from a big family, and we always did a grand Christmas Eve with all of the relatives. Weâ€™d sing Christmas carols and open gifts. Really joyous. Last year was Suriâ€™s first Christmas. It was so spectacular to share the holidays with her. It really meant the world to me. To be able to create a tradition for your children is one of the best gifts you can have.
How will you and Tom celebrate?
My whole family and Tomâ€™s whole family will go up to Telluride [Colo.] again. We ski. We have big dinners and laugh. We love cooking. My momâ€™s stuffing is my favorite. Iâ€™m a huge fan of pie, especially pecan. I will probably cook some garlic mashed potatoes and maybe a cheesecake. We always make a lot of sugar cookies with decorating and sprinkles. Suri will be in the dough everywhere. Tom has shown me the greatness of extra chocolate chips. Tomâ€™s really good in the kitchen. He makes great pasta carbonara and lemon pasta.
With all that, how do you both keep fit?
We ski a lot. And weâ€™ll get back to normal eating in January, like everyone else.
Did you have fun shooting â€œMad Moneyâ€?
It was a blast. We got our morning female talk in the trailer every day.
Does Tom get the way women talk together?
My husband has three sisters. He was raised by a single mother and has two daughtersâ€”and heâ€™s a great father and husband. His first two children are incredible, really smart and kind. They call me â€œMom.â€ So Tom understands the female bond, and he loves it. He was so excited for me to do this movie. He loved hearing all the stories.
Onscreen, you speed around on a motorcycle. Was that your first time?
Actually, the first time I went on a motorcycle was when I met Tom. I had never gone on one before because my father is a lawyer, and he had seen a lot of accidents. With four daughters and one son, he said: â€œNo motorcycles.â€ So finally, at age 26, Tom took me for a motorcycle ride.
Tom is a daredevil. Has he brought out that side of you?
Definitely. Oh, we have so much fun. Tom has introduced me to so many new experiences. I have done things I never thought I would do, like climbing mountains and flying in the P-51 [a World War II fighter]. Thatâ€™s what is so inspiring about being with himâ€”constant thrills and joy.
Is your daughter, Suri, a great traveler too?
We donâ€™t like to be away from her. Sheâ€™s very aware. We take her to the park in each city and walk around. This summer, when Tom was working in Germany, sheâ€™d wake up and say, â€œHello, Berlin.â€
Everyone asks, â€œWhatâ€™s Katie really like now?â€ How would you answer that?
With everything thatâ€™s happened, I still feel the same. Iâ€™m really happy being a mom, being a wife. I understand the curiosity. Itâ€™s a reality for me, another dimension of awareness. I appreciate the man that Iâ€™m with and my family and my work. I feel very lucky to be able to say that. I mean, what we do in a week is extraordinary.
Did you expect such a busy and public life?
I am up for it. I love adventure. We do a lot of things that I couldnâ€™t imagine doing when I was younger. And yet, at the same time, I always wanted to see the world. It is a big life, and itâ€™s exciting. I learn from my husband, and I learn things about myself. I learn about things from my daughter. She teaches me a lot. Every day I do count my blessings.