Katie Holmes says she’s still Midwestern: ‘I mean, I’ve had box wine. It’s good.’

Katie Holmes

Look at Katie Holmes! Girl is looking so (gasp!) stylish in this amazing black coat and boot combo in these photos taken yesterday in NYC. Even the scarf looks good. Damn, there are moments like this when I can understand why she fancies herself a fashion designer, but then I remember what a budget mess the Holmes & Yang line looked like at NY fashion week. Oh well, she’s still stunning (if a bit tired) here.

Katie Holmes

Katie’s return to stage acting continues in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. People reports that Katie is doing well with this week’s opening of Dead Accounts on Broadway and gathered a huge amount of applause during her solo bow. The Mail has some photos from the preview, which include a “steamysmooch with co-star Josh Hamilton, who the Chicago Sun-Times reports is married but has a bit of a crush on Katie anyway. Nice try there, press.

Meanwhile, my interest lies with Katie’s other male co-star, two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (pictured here), who appeared with Katie for an interview with the New York Times. The article notes that “Mr. Butz acted like a protective older brother” but also claims, “I thought our chemistry was palpable,” when talking about his first meeting with Katie. Apparently, Katie declined this interview until Norbert agreed to come along, so maybe he makes her feel safe. Both Norbert and Katie are Midwestern and Catholic too, so hmm. Also, the NYT mentions Katie’s chronic slouch. LOL. Girl needs to fix that, but I’m sure after standing next to paranoid Tom Cruise for five years, she might find the slouch to be a very hard habit to break. Do some yoga, Katie. You’ll love it. Here are some excerpts from the interview:

Katie Holmes

The old Katie still exists: “I still think of myself as Midwestern,” said Ms. Holmes, 33, who arrived for a recent interview without any trappings of celebrity: no assistant, no makeup, no jewelry, no designer labels — only a simple black band to tie her wet black hair into a ponytail. “I mean, I’ve had box wine. It’s good. And it’s a lot easier to open.”

Her religion still guides her: “Catholicism, yes. But it’s more about the family bonds. I have these moments where what’s going on in my life is unbelievable, and you have to tell everyone to figure out how to respond. My siblings and I are always on the phone saying: ‘Oh my God, what do you think? What does Mom think? What does Dad think?’ And then you act accordingly.”

How she’s like her Dead Accounts character: “I’m like Lorna in that my values guide me in an instinctual way, like, ‘That feels weird’ or ‘I better send a thank you,’” Ms. Holmes said as she slouched forward. “Also, the Midwestern work ethic: You do what you do, and you don’t talk about it. You don’t say, ‘Oh, I’m a doctor.’ You won’t have many friends if you do that. And when you’re in the entertainment business where you’re applauded for so many things — – You can easily fall into thinking, ‘Wow, I’m really something,’ But I believe in putting your head down and doing the work.”

She’s nervous: “I have a hard time sleeping because I think about how serious this all is,” she said of expectations for the production. “I think about the cost of tickets. I think to myself: ‘You better do a good job. People are paying a lot of money.’ You want to know your stuff.”

[From New York Times]

I love boxed wine! It’s so much cheaper than bottles, and the Bota Box brand that I like holds the same amount as four bottles and lasts nearly a month. Since I’ve never been a wine snob and my goal is mostly to get my buzz on, the stuff tastes good enough for me. I hope Katie stocked up on boxed wine as soon as she left Tom. You know he wasn’t into that crap.

This week’s issue of the Enquirer has a lengthy story all about how Katie is dreading the holidays because Tom will finally make his presence known again in Suri’s life — since he now hasn’t seen his youngest daughter in 15 WEEKS. According to the article, Katie expects Tom to make a huge deal out of Thanksgiving and Christmas with a massive gift extravaganza to “make up” for not seeing Suri for four months. Actually, I believe this will happen but figure that Tom will skip Thanksgiving and just go with Christmas, in which case it will have been (at that point) nearly six months since visiting with Suri. Such priorities.

The Enquirer also includes a creepy yet amusing image of a brand-spanking new Scientology poster, featuring Tom Cruise staring at the Empire State Building from a balcony. They know she loves to take the subway now, right? Well, this is what Katie sees upon entering the station nearest her Chelsea apartment.

Tom Cruise

Other than dealing with those creepy CO$ tactics, Katie is dealing with getting her life back on track in the aftermath of the unhinged, lift-wearing midget. Doesn’t she look so happy now? Suck it, Tom.

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

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  1. ladybert62 says:

    I am Midwestern – we dont drink that boxed wine crap!! Just say NO! We drink that bottled beer crap!!! Just say YES!!

    She needs makeup.

    • bananas says:

      I don’t think she needs makeup.

      I tell this story so many times: I met Katie Holmes a month before she met Tom. She was able to just “be,” and we were at a comedy club. She was, in all sincerity, one of the most beautiful women I’ve EVER seen in my life. And she didn’t have a stitch of makeup on. In photos, she isn’t done justice. In person, her bone structure and eyes are stunning.

      I think she looks so much happier these days. So happy for her.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      I disagree about her needing make up – Katie is very beautiful without it – from a Canadian who grew up on boxed wine :)

  2. roxy750 says:

    She looks great and I’m glad she’s being herself. Box wine is good. I wish her all the best.

  3. emmie_a says:

    There’s something more to the story about Tom not seeing Suri for six months. He micro-manages everything about his life so it can’t be a schedule or timing thing. And it’s definitely not money or travel issues. What else would keep him away for six months?? Unless he has been seeing her but has kept it quiet. hmmm.

    • Tilly says:

      That seems like part of the divorce agreement. Katie doesn”t want Suri pulled into Tom’s Scientology vortex.

      • Kath says:

        I think it’s more that he’s just biding his time. Suri’s not old enough to be recruited yet. It was the same with his other kids: he ignored them when they were small and let Nicole have primary custody after the divorce. But as soon as they were old enough for indoctrination… BAM! Shame that his other two kids equate being spoilt and indulged with paternal love.

      • giselle says:

        Kath: wasn’t one of the issues that she just turned 6 or was about to, so Tom’s people started to indoctrinate her to scientology? something to that effect.

      • The Original Genevieve says:

        @ Kath…

        I wish you were right. Any normal person would assume you wouldn’t indoctrinate a child waaaayyy under the age of reason into a make-believe (yet violent and terrifying) cult, right?

        Unfortunately, CO$ members have recorded Connor Cruise beginning his wee, tiny steps into the Cult of Doom as early as age 5 or 6. Remember how young both Connor and Isabella Cruise were when they were turned against their mom, Nicole Kidman? Incredibly sickening, no?

        I think that even though Katie and Suri are now deemed “SP’s, he may continue to make a play for Suri throughout her childhood. Let’s hope Martin Holmes and Katie’s team of lawyers were able to lock that little b*tch Tommmygirl out of anything even resembling Suri’s religious affiliation. Fingers crossed.

      • Kath says:

        Yeah, I guess that’s probably true. I just find it odd that you never saw Tommygirl with his other kids until they became full-on $cilons. After that it was photo-ops galore and their mother was surgically removed from their lives.

        So if that’s not it, why on earth would someone with Tommygirl’s means (private plane etc.) CHOOSE not to see their child for 4 months? He seems to have ample time to go ‘clubbing’ in London *shudders at the image*.

        Oh well, I guess one thing we can all agree on is what a creepy little man he is…

      • Dena says:

        To take a broader view, don’t all religions indoctrinate?

        I just finished reading The Book of Mormom Girl and I saw my Baptist now an Evangelical Christian co-worker on every page. I also saw a former Jehovah’s Witness co-worker on every page who was ex-communicated from her religious community and lived such a lonely existence for for a long time that I found myself angry at her and her parents for supporting that religious community and their beliefs.

        BTW, I attended Lutheran and Catholic grammar and high schools and was born and raised baptist and leaned Buddhist for a well . . . just so you all will know.

    • CF98 says:

      All leads to my theory of Tom not being Suri’s biological kid and Katie was going to expose it if he didn’t walk away quietly and out of their lives for good.

      In the rags he’ll appear to have a role in Suri’s life but he really won’t.

  4. Lem says:

    Taller than average girls tend to slouch if they are not surrounded by taller than average people.
    While Katie isn’t giant she was probably taller than her friends in her formative hs years. She was taller than most the Dawson’s creek set in her formative Hollywood years. She likely won’t stop slouching for a few years until Suri is older and Katie had time to care for herself and finds Pilates.
    Girl needs Pilates

    • Bluedog says:

      Tall girls might want to slouch, but they shouldn’t. I’m tall and, thankfully, my mother drilled into my head that slouching doesn’t make you look shorter it just makes you look slouchy. Consequently, I have excellent posture and my own tall daughter has never slouched.

      Be proud of your height. There are so many advantages to being tall, including weird things like having an edge in the job market. Taller people are hired first, for some reason. Taller people make more money, too.

      • Lem says:

        “Slouching doesn’t make you look shorter it just makes you look slouchy” should be on a t shirt.
        Part of it comes from conformity. Partly because you can’t hear up high ;)
        What I wouldn’t give for a few inches. In my heels it is a whole different perspective on life

      • Rio says:

        Love this. I’m not particularly tall but I’m taller than most women, so I sometimes felt the urge to slouch in order to “fit in”…what saved my posture? Having an Old School Southern grandmother! I’d spend every summer with her as a kid, and as a result, my posture– standing, sitting, everything in between– is so pin-straight that a lot of people have thought that I’m a ballet dancer.

        People don’t realize how important posture is to ones general appearance. Not ALL of those 1950s mental hygiene classroom films were hysterical propaganda.

  5. wine says:

    too funny
    now i’m searching for Bota Box – and where I can get it, looks like Giant?
    anyone know how much fr a 3L box?

  6. Bubba Ang says:

    I love what she’s wearing. Stylish and chic to me anyways.

  7. marie says:

    I like the way she’s re-invented herself after Tom..

    • Amory says:

      Not seeing it. She did a Broadway show while with him, so that’s not new, and I see no personality emerging at all. I think her PR team has done a decent job painting her as a victim, but Katie herself is as dull and uninteresting as ever.

      • CF98 says:

        We knew she had gigs while she was with Tom but the difference is she seems at peace compared to before I can’t really explain it.

        I really don’t think her PR team is painting her as a victim but the fact that Tom wanted this settled quickly speaks volumes to me you’d think he’d fight for his lone biological child but he didn’t. He let her have primary custody and settled for visitation. Why?

        I mean if Tom didn’t have something sinister to hide he could’ve exposed her as a liar right? So why didn’t he?

        Nobody ever answers that question.

  8. mln76 says:

    I’m a budget wine snob but Franzia will do in a fix.

  9. Bowers says:

    She did a brave thing. I bet her life before was just vile.

  10. Esmom says:

    She looks good although I don’t find those boots to be flattering at all.

    As a Midwesterner, I found the boxed wine comment sort of insulting/condescending, but whatever. I know she meant to say that she’s still down to earth and in touch with the “common man.”

    I sort of believe that, she seems to have adjusted her post-Tom life to be a bit less ostentatious, which is nice to see. Although Tom’s impending forklift of Christmas gifts for Suri could negate all that. Talk about mixed messages. And how sad that Tom thinks grand, materialistic gestures are the only way to connect with his daughter.

  11. Liv says:


    As if I would take answers from somebody who just screwed up his third marriage. Seriously, Scientology?

  12. Hautie says:

    I bet Katie never takes for granted, her freedom again.

    Think about how long it had been, since she could just walk out of the house. Alone. Without the Cult following.

    And Cruise has not seen Suri.

    His lawyer let loose on the media for having the n.e.r.v.e. to imply that Cruise, had ditched Suri for his Cult.

    That Cruise not seeing her for months on end… was normal. So everyone needed to shut it! :)

    So no, Cruise has not seen her in person. But when he does find the time. You can bet there will be camera’s there, to catch that moment.

    And it will be splashed all over People magazine.

    Ohhh… maybe Tom is angling for the big December issue? Isn’t that when his next movie is released?

    • CF98 says:

      Honestly for all intents and purposes I think Tom is out of Suri’s life sure we hear they are in contact but I really don’t believe they are.

      • TG says:

        I hope you are right and that he is gone for good. If so I understand why he would sue anyone who says he abandoned suri since you can’t consider it abandonment if your divorce settlement states you are not to go near the girl for her own good for the rest of your life. Hope that is true. Would pay a fortune to read Katie and Nicole’s story or the kids for that matter.

  13. Green is Good says:

    Ugh. That CO$ poster is so creepy. Tommy-girl ain’t doing his image any favors with this weirdness. It’s posted near where Katie lives? Epic creepy. Hope Katie has TALL body guards with her 24/7.

  14. 20Paws says:

    Well I personally like Black Box and no way will that last a month. A week and a half tops.


  15. Cathy says:

    Personally I like Red Cat wine. It’s a local wine made in the Finger lakes of NY. It comes in a convenient carry all bag that’s easy to open.

    Katie does look much happier now. She’s getting use to her new life and seems to be enjoying it. I’m happy for her.

    • apsutter says:

      I was just going to say that I live in Erie, PA and we are absolutely spoiled with our wine! We have tons of local vineyards not to mention chautauqua and the finger lakes are close so we have tons of well-made decently priced wines to choose from. I can’t imagine moving to somewhere where I’d have to go to the store and not have a selection of good local wines.

  16. Memphis says:

    I like Katie. I hope she gets her career back on a good track.

    On another note, Am I the only one that doesn’t like the taste of wine?

  17. ds says:

    I see nothing too stylish here. She just looks like any other woman. Which is why she’s cute. She’s looking Joey Potter like here

  18. Katija says:

    Katie acts the way the average person wants to think she would act if she ever became famous. Homegirl went from being the queen of bizarre to the queen of keeping it real. Honestly, I think she is trying to soak up as much “normal” as possible after all that BS.

    Anyone read Suri’s Burn Book? I *do* love to think of Suri being PISSED at the sudden switch, though. LOL

  19. Falula says:

    If you’re in the Midwest, bota is available at Dominick’s, Meijer, Kroger, etc. Sometimes they offer rebates that increase up to four boxes. My husband and I have looked super sketchy buying what amounts to 16 bottles of wine for $80, but it was worth it.

    And no way does it last a month in our house.

  20. workdog says:

    My daughter is just shy of 5’11 and most of that is leg; what people have always said to me is that she doesn’t slouch, not a bit. She always stands straight and shoulders back, which looks pretty striking. I attribute it to her taking ballet since she was 4….and to the fact that she is pretty comfortable with herself and around others. I can understand, though, how someone could subconsciously slouch, though. I’m 5’7 but I’m the shortest in our house and when she wears heels it’s like being around a tree.:-)

    Katie does look happy and she did the right thing in regards to Suri. She must have had some pull to be able to accomplish it. Thank goodness for her dad and family. It’s best all around for them.

    Tom? Dude’s certifiable. Sad.

  21. Jayna says:

    Love the look except the boots. They’re ugly and not flattering at all.

  22. Asiyah says:

    I really like her. If I ever see her around I’d tell her how amazing her hair is!

  23. jani says:

    If you like it or are too indifferent, too broke or too drunk to care, drink the box wine. Otherwise, no matter where you’re from, take the time to learn a little about wine, (a fascinating subject), and drink something better. Doesn’t have to cost a fortune and the pleasure you get will be well worth it.

    • oivey says:

      Actually a friend of mine who is a sommelier will tell you that now there’s no real difference between a middle of the range wine, a “clean skin” and a cask of wine. He calls it “Chateau Cardboard” That said, Australian wine is among the best in the world, so it could be different over in the states.

  24. ojulia123 says:

    I just want for Katie (and Suri) to be happy. And no, I don’t know them. Also? Black Box (boxed) is crazy good and it’s won all sorts of awards. We’re big fans of the Malbec. And no, I’m not drunk.

  25. ojulia123 says:

    I just want for Katie (and Suri) to be happy. And no, I don’t know them. Also? Black Box (boxed) wine is crazy good and it’s won all sorts of awards. We’re big fans of the Malbec. And no, I’m not drunk.

  26. ojulia123 says:

    I just want for Katie (and Suri) to be happy. Also? Black Box (boxed) wine is crazy good and it’s won all sorts of awards. We’re big fans of the Malbec. And no, I’m not drunk.

  27. Ginger says:

    I don’t drink anymore but when I did I was a beer and wine snob but not above drinking a good box of wine at a party! Lots more for everyone to enjoy! That strategic poster where Katie takes her train is just beyond creepy to me. I hope she rolls her eyes every time she passes it!

  28. dcypher1 says:

    That scientology poster is so creppy. Its like their trying to send her a message that they are always watching katie. Thats stalker scarry.

  29. natalina says:

    homegirl’s got some AWFUL legs

  30. whateveryouwantittobe says:

    My Dad got me a box of wine for Christmas a few years ago – no humor intended on his part. It does taste like shit in my opinion.

    Also, I can’t applaud Katie now after she married him in the first place – supposedly under contract – and brought a child into that mess, fuck her. I hope all the money was worth it.

    • CF98 says:

      What money? She signed an airtight prenup. I doubt she’d bring a child into this for the almight dollar.

      Really I don’t think she married him for the come up I mean if that’s the case she might as well have stayed with him after all her identity ended up being tied to his if she was that soulless that is.

  31. tmbg says:

    She’s beautiful and looks so chic here. I’m thrilled that she extricated herself from that mess. I really don’t think she knew exactly what she was getting into.

    Whoever said she has great bone structure is right. The covers of Elle and Vanity Fair proved that.

    I just hope that Tom Thumb and his Xenu buddies stay away.

  32. Alana Fajina says:

    Hilarious poster of Tom, can’t get more desperate than that!
    The outfit I like, but the boots make me sad, they remind me of those cheap pleathery looking Julia Roberts boots from Pretty Woman, minus the hot hooker strut.
    She won me back with the talk of boxed wine tho, Hello “Katie”, nice to have you back girl!! And harumph- I’m a sloucher too. It’s such an ugly habit, part of it comes from being rather top heavy the other is from being a latchkey kid. I really wish I could get out of that, I’m no where near as tall as her so I sometimes feel it makes me look like a Hobbit! LOL

  33. candigirl says:

    Hahahaha, they put that stupid pretentiou poster up in the subway Katie takes?? What morons!
    If that poster is not tagged in a few weeks I’ll be surprized, I hope they give Tommy some lovely nicknames. Katie and Suri can laugh their head off every time they pass it.
    Maybe we could copy this poster and rewrite the caption:

  34. holly hobby says:

    She sounds so intelligent in the interview. Gone are the same vapid buzz words (incredible, magical, wonderful etc). Tommy and the Scis must have really tamped down her spirit during those years. I’m glad they didn’t break her.

  35. Kristin says:

    Okay, I just have to share a story with everyone here. Sorry, I just can’t keep my mouth shut anymore:) I totally agree that Tom is pretty freaking crazy and that Scientology is nothing more than a money-grubbing, attention-whoring cult. I don’t know what kind of father Tom is, but I do believe that overall he is a genuinely nice guy, and I’ll tell you why: My cousin is (or was) an executive producer for the Oprah Winfrey show. She was a producer for something like, 15 years before her show ended? She always told me the greatest stories about all the celebs she had to deal with (like Julia Roberts; BIGGEST bitch on the planet. I know, not exactly shocking:) But I always remember her story about Tom Cruise. This was pre-Katie, and I think it might have been around the time he was with Penelope Cruz, or it might have been when he was still with Nicole. I can’t remember. Anyway, my cousin said most A-list celebs do the taping of the show and then haul ass out of there, usually without saying so much as a single word to any of the people who work there or to any fans. But my cousin said that when Tom’s taping was done, and when all the cameras were off and everyone viewing the show had gone, he was still sort of hanging out. She said he was like, “so what’s everyone doing now?” And my cousin said that she told him that one of the secretaries upstairs was being given a baby shower, so the producers and other workers were heading up there, and Tom was like, “well, do you mind if I join you?” She said he hung out with everyone for a couple of hours, chatting, eating cake, and just hanging out. She said she was stunned because he just could not have been any nicer or more sincere. THAT is the Tom Cruise I miss. I know we’ve heard that there was a period where he drifted away from Scientology and I’m kind of thinking this particular incident may have been during that period. Regardless, I always loved that story. I know it doesn’t really have anything to do with this post, but I still wanted to share it:)

    P.S. My cuz also said that out of every big-shot celeb she’s ever worked with, that Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were the nicest, coolest people ever!

    • TG says:

      @Kristen – Interesting story. Would be interested to know if it was when he was deep in the Co$ or trying to get out of it. Makes me think he either is weird and has no friends or he was trying to show everyone how nice he is and hope they all conver to his freaky cult. But I am jaded, maybe he really was genuine but that just seems like weird behavior. I mean it is one thing to hang around a bit and say hi to everyone that is a nice person but to stay a few hours and join a baby shower that is weird to me. It also seems typical of a manic person like him to do. He is always so intense and high on whatever he is doing at the moment hanging out a few hours was probably intensely gratifying for him.

  36. HadleyB says:

    I will admit my love for Barefoot wine along with some pricey stuff .. and I drink it all. Though I tend to be a Vodka snob more than a wine snob.

    Just like I shop at Neimans AND Target …mix it! It’s more fun!

    From Chicago and loving it.

  37. laura says:

    Box wine? Have you tried the Trader Joe’s? It’s not bad…. either the red or white. If you’re going to marinada a turkey next week, you might want to pick up a box….

  38. Annie says:

    Hell yeah, box wine rocks – just not the next morning. Really, it often tastes suprisingly yummy but there is something in that stuff that causes the worst hangovers ever.

  39. izza says:

    love to see Dead Accounts.
    She looks like an older version of Joey Potter. Team Katie always!!!!!!!!!

  40. shixa says:

    Is she so “down to earth” (low budget) that she also can’t spring for some good boots? Those things look awful!

  41. Amy says:

    oh my god boxed wine… I equate that with the nasty Franzia I used to drink in college! It’s fine if you drink it (well, not Franzia), I’m sure there are some good boxed wines out there. But I will never go back to drinking it! Too many sloppy memories haha!

    And I suppose I should not be surprised at C0$ tactics by now. But seriously, putting a picture of Katie’s ex near her subway stop. Not to mention that poster is so cheesy! Here’s hoping someone draws a mustache over it or writes something silly!

  42. Me says:

    Those boots are awful and not flattering. There is nothing chic about this look. She is wearing a black wool coat with navy gloves that look like they came from Target. She looks like any average mom you would see running errands on the weekend. She needs a stylist, pronto. But she does have great hair and looks good without makeup.

  43. LittleDeadGirl says:

    She really does look amazing now. It’s strangely surprising. That being said I still think she’s a terrible actress and her comment about being midwestern=drinking boxed wine is kinda insulting. It honestly sounds like what someone from California/New York would say when trying to describe anyone midwestern.

    • CF98 says:

      Except she’s from the Midwest I didn’t realize it was a Midwestern thing until The Middle made a reference to it earlier in the season Frankie loves her Boxed Wine(show is set in Indiana)

      All areas of the US stereotype I mean lots of people think New Yorkers are loud and obnoxious…it is what it is.

  44. izza says:

    I think she was joking about the wine thing. Also,I like what she’s wearing here.
    Wonder if she misses Tom, just a little,maybe?
    Wonder if she’d go back, if he gave up Scie, only wondering.
    And yes CF98, totally agree, so many questions , but no answers to anything.
    So many things we’ll never know.

  45. megsie says:

    My heart goes out to anyone who has had contact with the Church.