In a recent interview with WWD, Katie Holmes addresses her divorce, the fashion line that she’s really delving into, and her upcoming theater work—in general, a pretty decent interview. I love the coy Katie, and the Katie who, you know, actually asserts herself and shows a bit of personality off during interviews, and these excerpts are no exception.
Here’s Katie on her divorce:
“I have a lot of feelings about the press,” she said with a smile. “There are a lot of people with much bigger problems and who are less fortunate. I try to keep it all in perspective.”
On her fashion line, Holmes & Yang:
“Very simple, with very classic lines. We use a lot of silks and leathers and suedes. This year, we’re excited because we’ve incorporated a lot of new trims. It’s basically pieces that have evolved from basics, but not too far. They’re just nice, well-made luxury items that highlight the woman wearing them.” Price points start from about $700 and range to $3,000, she said. “We have a lot of casual, and gowns, some unique jackets.” Details include shirts lined in silk — “the silky part of the shirt is on your body all day. We try to make beautiful things, and we’re not so trend-driven. We try to do a touch of rock ‘n’ roll with our stuff, but keep it very classic.”
On theater acting:
It’s a medium I really enjoy.” She’s not bothered by having to perform every night. “I’m a schedule person. I like to have a routine. You’re also very in touch with your audience — they’re very much a part of the show, which is obviously something you don’t have in film. You get to know people in a different way. The matinee audience is obviously very different from the Saturday night audience. You learn about material — you really start to understand what works and what doesn’t. I think both film and stage are so challenging, but in different ways. With film, yeah, you have another take, but a lot of the time you’re losing the light, so you better nail it on that take. I haven’t found any part of acting to be easy.”
On signing on to be the new face of Bobbi Brown cosmetics:
“I think it’s amazing that Bobbi found a hole in the marketplace and said, ‘I’m going to do something about it. I’m going to create a line for real women who want to look pretty and have it be easy. This is my first foray into beauty products and the evolution of a look. You want the hair and makeup to support the woman, just like you want the clothes to support the woman. You don’t want to lose the woman. That’s how Jeanne and I design.”
And finally, on projects around the house with her daughter, Suri:
Holmes credits her Midwestern upbringing and crafts with her daughter for helping to keep her feet on the ground. “I spray-paint shoe racks, because, why not?” But she says with a laugh that said projects aren’t always successful: “I think, ‘Oh, I’m a great mom’ — and then it doesn’t really pan out the way I think it’s going to. But the intention’s there. My sister teaches art, and she gives me a lot of ideas.”
See? She’s starting to re-emerge from her shell, guys, and I think it’s pretty important that we pay some close attention to Katie, because I have a sneaking suspicion that she’s going to be everywhere over the next year. You mark my words; it’s gonna happen.
September 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm by Sarah
From the Daily Mail:
Katie Holmes can’t hide her excitement after her divorce from Tom Cruise came through last week and she’s hit the shops to celebrate.
The US actress who split from the A-lister last month has a new found enthusiasm for fashion as she reportedly splurged $15,000 on shoes and $10,000 on lingerie in a post break-up shopping frenzy in New York.
‘Katie treated herself to a lavish post-split pick-me-up shopping spree. She wants to show the world who she really is – a beautiful, confident and talented woman balancing single motherhood and a thriving career,’ the source added.
Also, I’m about halfway through Season 3 of Dawson’s Creek, and I’m completely enamored with it. I LOVE IT. I know some of you guys (and, ahem, Emily) said that you were watching the series again (or for the first time), and I wanted to know your thoughts so far. One of our readers, Harriet Meadow, claimed that she petered out after the first season, but I’m proud to say I’m still going strong.
WHERE MY DAWSON’S CREEK BITCHES AT?
August 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm by Sarah
… Which is to say, absolutely nothing. Seriously—nada.
Katie and Tom’s divorce has been finalized, and the details are as follows: Tom will pay monthly child support to Katie (who has full physical custody of Suri) to the tune of $33,333.33 per month until Suri’s 18, and in addition, Tom is responsible for paying all of Suri’s erroneous costs, such as medical, dental, educational, and extra-curricular activity costs.
As for Katie? Yeah, she walked away from being pampered on the regular and rolling in millions and millions of her husband’s dollars, but she gained the best thing she possibly could—freedom from crazy Tom Cruise. Hell, I’d go for broke, too.
In related Katie news, girlfriend’s already returned to the theater scene. From Us Weekly:
Despite her casual attire, Katie Holmes’ performance during a reading of the play One Day When We Were Young was anything but nonchalant.
According to theatergoers present at the surprise, top-secret showing in Williamstown, Mass. Aug. 17, Holmes — clad in jeans, a basic white top and a ponytail — brought her A-game opposite British actor Jeremy Strong. “She capably delivered,” one eyewitness tells Us Weekly. “She was very focused on the piece.”
In fact, “If her part in the reading is an indication, I would say she’s eager to get back to acting,” the witness adds of Tom Cruise’s ex.
I’m so, so glad, Katie. Seriously, do anything right now. Do Geico commercials, I don’t even care. Just get back up on that horse and maybe—maybe!—even do some more talking about that Dawson’s Creek reunion. I’m halfway through Season 3 and going strong. This is some high-quality, good stuff, and I can’t wait to see even more.
August 24, 2012 at 7:30 am by Sarah
Well, not the divorce itself, of course. No, I’m sure she’s still having regular dance parties in her new apartment to celebrate her emancipation from crazy ol’ Tom Cruise. What I mean is that she’s so sorry about that wonderful element of surprise she had in her divorce filing. Because, once again, Tom Cruise is fishing for some sympathy.
From In Touch via Celebitchy:
Giving her powerful husband fair warning that she was leaving him would probably have hobbled Katie Holmes’ attempt to make a quick, clean break. But while Katie’s swift action — which left manipulative megastar Tom Cruise shell-shocked — may have led to a divorce that was reached in record time, a source close to Tom, 50, claims that Katie regrets humiliating him so profoundly and publicly. Says the source, “Katie has apologized to him.”
The thought of Katie falling under Tom’s spell again is chilling, but the 33-year-old actress may have good reasons for appearing to back down. Because they share custody of Suri, 6, the former couple still speak often, which, a friend of Katie’s tells In Touch, can be pretty awkward.
“Tom rarely misses a chance to bring up their relationship,” says the friend, “or say something catty.” Furthermore, Katie can’t ignore — or compete with — the transparent, full-scale campaign Tom’s been waging to win his daughter’s heart. “He’s not parenting her; he’s entertaining her,” a source close to the couple snipes.
Katie is fully aware that Tom’s older children — Isabella, 19, and Connor, 17 — turned away from their mother, Nicole Kidman, after the pair’s split. Despite the fact that she spends far more time with Suri than Tom does, she must be concerned that their vulnerable daughter will prefer the exciting lifestyle he provides. Smoothing things over with him puts her on safer ground.
The source close to Tom reports that Katie told him that “She feels bad about the way everything unfolded, and she’s sorry that she embarrassed him.” That may be salve to Tom’s wounded ego, but Katie’s apology won’t lead to a real reconciliation. “I doubt they’ll ever be friends,” the source says.
If this was any other couple, I’d probably think that the whole surprise divorce move was pretty cold. But, as we all know, this isn’t any other couple. For all the giggles and ridiculousness this whole thing has brought us, this is essentially a woman escaping a cult for the sake of her child. This is a real life Lifetime movie, and drastic times call for drastic measures.
Oh, and of course Tom Cruise is being catty. Not mean or cruel or vicious, but catty. And while we haven’t been reporting every Tom and Katie story – there are only so many hours in the day, you know – Tom certainly has been trying to win Suri’s heart. He’s taken her to Disney World, on helicopter rides, and basically anywhere else a six-year-old girl would want to go. He’s buying a house in Connecticut to be closer to Suri and Katie in New York, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he finds a house with a barn just so he can buy her a dozen ponies.
Whatever happens, I just really, really hope that Katie doesn’t break. It’s usually good for a kid to have at least one sane, stable parent, and one of hers has been out of the running for a very long time.
August 19, 2012 at 10:00 am by Emily
PSYCHE! Really she’s insanely happy because she’s finally free. She’s got a Tom Cruise sized weight off her shoulders, and she is just footloose and fancy free these days. Awesome, right?
Katie Holmes has been living “blissfully happy” since her split from Tom Cruise, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
According to a family insider, Holmes, 33, is wearing a smile on her face that hasn’t been seen since she began dating the Rock of Ages star, 50. And she now gets to see her family more, feels free to concentrate on her career and is no longer living in fear of Scientology.
“Katie is a new woman, she feels refreshed, free of Tom and doesn’t have a worry in the world,” an insider revealed. “When before she used to fret if she was ever single, now she’s happy to be alone. Katie’s enjoying her independence and is working on herself right now. She’s been enjoying the company of her family a lot more, something she couldn’t really do when she was married to Tom. He controlled who she saw and he often wasn’t so approving of her family. Tom also influenced what movies she appeared in, so she was unable to steer her career in the way she wanted to. Now, she has full control over what she wants to do and that freedom is exciting for her.
“Scientology was a huge fear for Katie too. She was raised a devout Catholic and never committed herself to it fully. It always concerned her that they would expose private details of their relationship, and she was scared personal moments would become public knowledge.
“It was a relief for her to be finally rid of Tom, but she was filled with some guilt over the way she did it. When she first met Tom, he whisked her off her feet and she was head over heels in love with him. But soon his controlling nature took all the fun out of their relationship.
“Tom had absolutely no clue that Katie had been planning an escape route for almost a year, but she felt it was the safest way for her and Suri to break free,” the insider revealed.
This isn’t really that shocking – if you look at any picture of Katie taken after she filed for divorce, it’s pretty clear how happy she is, and the idea that Tom Cruise is creepy and controlling is certainly not a new one – but I still think it’s nice to hear.
Would it be really lame to close this up by saying “Team Katie 4 Eva”?
August 7, 2012 at 11:30 am by Emily
… With a really, really cheesy-looking dude.
We’re not going to discount it, because it is, in fact, a date, and even if the guy in question turns out to be nothing more than a friend or a business partner, that’s OK—Katie Holmes would have never been allowed in public with another male if she were still obeying Tom Cruise’s commands. And yeah, while he may look kind of cornball, he still looks like a genuinely happy person, not someone all stone-faced and dangerously obsessed with looking perfect for the cameras and His Public.
Incidentally, I’m about halfway through the first season of ‘Dawson’s Creek’, and I’ve got to admit—I’m frigging addicted. I was having ‘Dawson’s Creek’ dreams last night. It’s bad. And they said Katie Holmes couldn’t act. Pfft. In what universe? Gosh. Best. Show. Ever.
If you’ll excuse me, I’m about to go and watch ‘Baby’, the sixth episode in Season 1. I’m assuming Joey’s sister is going to have her baby, hence the ‘Baby’ title, and I just cannot wait to see what unfolds between Dawson’s parents after his mother was found to be CHEATING WITH BOB. Ugh. I just can’t even. No spoilers, please, OK?