Katie serves up Katie Face for Elle UK.
Katie Holmes covers the April 2014 issue of ELLE UK magazine in Prada photographed by Thomas Whiteside.
On the fundamental principles of parenthood: “I think the basics are very important: the number one thing is making sure my child feels loved. And good about herself. And that what she does and who she is, is special and important, and should be celebrated. And my mum always said, ‘No one loves you like your mother.’”
On being reluctant to label herself as feminist: “I identify with women. I identify with people who work really hard. I love strong women and I love strong men and I love being inspired by people who fight for what they believe in and work hard and are creative. And have integrity. I don’t think (the word feminism) is problematic.”
On the beginning of her career with the show “Dawson’s Creek”: “The world has changed so much since then. Social media, and what people are watching. But I think innocence was one of the draws of the show. It was these kids going through first love and heartbreak and growing up and friendships changing. So I’m glad that the innocence still holds up.”
At Fashion Week in New York last month, we got to sit across the runway from Katie at the Donna Karan show. A few seats down from her sat Hugh Jackman and his wife. You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out which one we wound up staring at. But when we tore our eyes away from Hugh(‘s spread thighs) long enough to look at Katie, we noticed a couple of things. First, she’s really tall and willowy. More striking than we’d realized. Second, you know how she only seems to have one or two facial expressions in all her pictures, like the ones here? She’s like that in person. Her face is a mask. We don’t mean physically. We mean she simply doesn’t allow anything to come across on it. It’s a great quality for a celebrity to have in order to generate mystery about themselves (a la Garbo) but not such a great one if she wants to be an actress in this day and age. She’s a beautiful cipher. Which, not coincidentally, is a great quality for a model to have.
And credit where it’s due: she’s pulling off some difficult looks here.
[Photo Credit: Thomas Whiteside for ELLE UK Magazine, IMAXtree]