Romantic Katie Holmes”
Katie Holmes enters a hotel
ballroom dressed in collegiate white shirt, wine-colored
trousers and heels and a funky-chic necklace,
her famous brunette mane curled and loose against
her porcelain skin. She balances a cup of coffee
in her hand.
It's a rather jarring switch to those accustomed
to seeing her in all her A-list glory: sporting
couture as she takes a photo oportunity stroll
with her equally stylish four-year-old, Suri,
or striding across a red carpet hand-in-hand with
her movie icon husband, Tom Cruise.
Josh Duhamel and Katie
Holmes in The Romantics
Get used to Katie, casual: In
her newest movie, The Romantics, the
31-year-old Katie plays Laura, a character many
women can relate to: a jilted lover. In the film,
an independent release, she portrays a young woman
cast aside by the love of her life in favor of
her old college roommate and chum. Instead of
being the bride at this wedding she is the maid-of-honor.
The message: love, friendship and romance can
be messy and angst-ridden.
Happily, art does not imitate
life: her off-screen roles as a superstar mother
and wife can literally compared to a bed or roses,
courtesy of her husband Tom Cruise. The couple
are by many accounts over-the-top romantic: She
reveals that Cruise bestows bouquets of red roses
upon Katie every time she travels. Or just because.
During a recent chat at the
posh new Gansevoort Hotel on Manhattan’s
Park Avenue on a hot and humid day in early September,
Katie, 30, talked about the movie, friendship,
romance, and motherhood -- plus her newest role
as entrepreneur. For example, her new clothing
line, Holmes and Yang, is flying off of store
She is currently in production
on the History Channel’s first scripted
miniseries, due out in 2011, The Kennedy’s,
in which she portrays First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy
opposite Greg Kinnear as President John F. Kennedy.
After her recent visit to New York to promote
The Romantics, she returned to Toronto,
where she and her family spent a glorious summer.
Her other recent film role was
The Extra Man, with Paul Dano, John C.
Reilly and Kevin Kline, that has been well received
at several major film festivals. Before these
recent films, she made a well-received Broadway
debut opposite acting legends Dianne Wiest and
John Lithgow in Arthur Miller’s All
Not only did Katie star in The
Romantics, but she was also an executive
The cast of The Romantics
includes Anna Paquin (as the bride Lila), Josh
Duhamel (as Katie’s love interest and the
groom), Katie, as Laura, the scorned woman, and
Malin Akerman, Adam Brody, Elijah Wood, Jeremy
Strong, Rebecca Lawrence, and Candice Bergen,
as the rest of the bridal party, at this seaside
affair, filmed on Long Island.
Written and directed By Galt
Niederhoffer, and based on her novel, the film
has some of the same feel, and resonating music,
as The Big Chill, My Best Friend’s
Wedding and Rachel’s Getting Married,
with it’s own originality and layered performances
from Katie, Ana Paquin and their co-stars.
“Katie just emanates sweetness,
goodness, beauty – she is just so adorable,
there’s a reason she was the girl next door
since age 16,” says Niederhoffer. “But,
guess what? She’s really, smart, hard working,
creative, original and just awesome.”
Niederhoffer said that she went
to Barney’s buy a dress for the premiere
and the first thing she saw was the Holmes &
Yang clothing line, and it was nearly sold out.”
So she reports there were no ‘prima donna’
requests coming from Katie, despite the A-list
crowd she attends parties with and the red carpet
events she frequents. “Katie is great with
story, great with character, a generous woman,
and a real sweetheart on the set. She has become
a dear, dear friend,” said Galt.
But in the end, The Romantics
is a generational comedy, and love story, that
recaptures the camaraderie of youth, something
that Katie does extremely well. During the recent
chat, she demurely spoke about movies, friendship,
her co-stars, Tom, four-year-old daughter, Suri,
motherhood, her extended family, the future, and
Forman: You took some time off and didn’t
do many film projects back-to-back – do
you feel that your new roles will be something
for a more mature actress?
Holmes: I don’t know. I really don’t
know. But I’ve really enjoyed my time with
my daughter and with my family, and it was also
great to work with this wonderful cast and director.
We had a wonderful time. And I was so floored
by the performances – these guys are such
incredible actors. So it was really inspiring
every single day. You watched somebody else do
a scene and think, ‘Oh, my God. I didn’t
know that’s what it was about.’ They
brought something so different and wonderful,
so it was such a great time. That’s why
we all still hang out and go to dinner often.
We’re a tight-knit group.
Forman: Harking back to the movie’s
romance theme - what are some romantic gestures
that your loved ones do for you?
Holmes: My husband [Tom Cruise] has red
roses for me where ever I go, whenever we travel.
Forman: That’s very sweet and definitely
Forman: Could you share any stories about
being executive producer on the film? Was there
anything that it allowed you to do that you wouldn’t
have done as an actor.
Holmes: Lots of cupcakes and coffee. That
was really the extent of it.
[laughed]. I was really flattered when I was able
to have this [executive producing] position. I
just tried to help when I could, cheer people
on and that’s really what I did. And I used
this time to learn from everyone – the producers
and director. It was really wonderful; I really
Forman: Have you ever been to a wedding
where everything went wrong?
Holmes: No, but I think weddings are a
great backdrop for a drama, because it is such
a heightened thing. You are so focused on every
little detail; everything has to be perfect.
Forman: Is there anything you learned from
this movie that you would take to future film
Holmes: Yes, that you just never give up.
You just keep going – because making films
can be very challenging, so you just have to keep
Forman: What is your overall life philosophy?
Holmes: I would say to treat others, as
you want to be treated. And just don’t give
up on everything in your life. I think you should
try to make yourself better each day. Everyday
you have the opportunity to do something different.
You’re trading in that day for life and
you never get that day back. So what ever you
do, it better be worth the trade. It’s another
way of saying that we need to make the most of
Forman: The producers say that you are
being modest. They say that you did much more
-- attending meetings alone, rolled up her sleeves,
coming up with a marketing plan – the whole
J. Crew campaign, and helping promote the movie
in New York.
Holmes: I’m a mother. So you get
used to sort of doing so much at once -- multi-tasking.
B. Forman: So, what is the best part of
being a mom?
Holmes: That is so hard to answer. Everything
is the best part. It’s dreamy. It is just
the most wonderful time in my life. She’s
so helpful and so
loving. She loves to sing and dance. She’s
just so beautiful.
Forman: I see that you are a mom in love
– so is there a hard part?
Holmes: At this age you have to keep the
activities up to keep them busy.
Josh Duhamel and Katie
Holmes in The Romantics
Forman: Laura seems to know that she and
[Josh’s character] Tom are a perfect match
– do they deserve each other?
Holmes: The love triangle of this film
is one of the things that I found
really wonderful about the movie. These conflicts
are something that I
think that many people go through. It makes for
a good film.
Forman: So many crash movies out there
what was your reaction when you saw the script?
Holmes: I really loved this when I read
it. I loved the feeling. And to me
it felt a lot like The Big Chill and
St. Elmos’ Fire. And also a little
bit of a John Hughes feeling and I always loved
those movies growing up,
and then I met with Galt and I felt she was so
smart. And the cast
started coming together, and it was just something
so exciting and just
the feel of it and the look of it and the people
that were involved in
it, was really exciting. It looks very French
in a way – the look of the
Forman: Were you always going to play the
jilted character of Laura?
Holmes: Yes, I was always signed on to
play Laura from the start.
Forman: The director says that people can
focus on likable characters, but she believes
in “real” characters who are complex
– kind, mean, petty, generous, flawed, incredible
– all in a given day -- just like the rest
of us. How do you see it?
Holmes: I think that’s the beauty
of friendships and that’s what you see in
this film, that when you have real friends, you
can be all of those things and people will love
you for it. And I think that’s what feels
good about watching this movie, and what felt
good about being in this movie, and portraying
these people. You can portray, who are real, and
they have their ups and downs and they have this
family around them that has been through it all.
If you are lucky enough to have people like that
in your life, it’s wonderful. So this film
also celebrates friendship.
Forman: You started on TV and film. Can
you talk about your recent role on Broadway that
lasted 16 weeks – and do you want to go
Holmes: I loved doing Broadway. It was
so much fun. I loved the cast, the
community was so wonderful and welcoming and I
really appreciate that. I
enjoyed every single night; I can’t wait
to go back to the theater soon.
I’ve very excited to go back.
Forman: When are you going to make a movie
Holmes: I love to sing and dance –
Forman: The Romantics opens Friday,
September 10 in NY and LA and expands wider on