Fiercely independent and preparing to direct her second film, Katie Holmes is telling her own story. The actress opens up to InStyle Editor-in-Chief Laura Brown about raising Suri, owning her confidence, and of course – the infamous cashmere bra.
On getting attention on her own terms: “Obviously, as a public person, I’ve gotten a lot of attention at different periods in my life. And when you have a lot of attention, sometimes you don’t want to leave the house because it’s just too much. You can get consumed by what people think, but suddenly you just decide to do things on your own terms. I feel like I’m finally figuring that out.”
On raising Suri in the public eye: “We were followed a lot when she was little. I just wanted her outside, so I would walk her around to find parks at, like, 6 in the morning when nobody would see us. But there’s one video where I’m holding her— she was 2 at the time—and she starts waving at the cameras. She’s pretty special.”
On her thoughts behind the infamous cashmere bra: “Honestly, I wasn’t feeling so sexy. And I saw that and was like, ‘Sexy. I can do that!’ I thought it would be good if I was in a cabin sitting by the fire and wore the [matching] sweater over it. That’s how my brain works.” “We were school shopping, and I was just trying to hail a cab on Sixth Avenue. It looked way more glamorous than it was.”
On listening to herself rather than someone else: “I have my own confidence now. I’m not looking for somebody else to say, ‘Good job.’” “I know what I’m talking about, and I know that my feelings and my insights are worthy. I’m going to listen to myself instead of deferring to someone else. That’s a big step as a human. It takes time.”
On why she calls New York home: “What I love about New York is that for me and my child, this is our vibe. When there are 25 things to do every night, it takes you out of your own thing. And you know what else I discovered? There’s a place not far from my house that does foot massages until midnight. That’s what New York offers!”
Photographed by Sebastian Faena. Styled by Julia von Boehm. Hair: DJ Quintero for The Wall Group. Makeup: Genevieve Herr for Sally Harlor. Manicure: Elle for Tracey Mattingly.
[Photo Credit: Sebastian Faena/InStyle Magazine]