Katie Holmes cannot make Thanksgiving dinner: ‘Just me in the kitchen is a comedy’

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes is still pimping Dead Accounts on Broadway, and she’s done a new Vogue interview with the actual star of the show, Norbert Leo Butz (who has two Tony awards under his belt). It really was a great move for producers to team up Norbert and Katie for much of the publicity for the play — although they are in fact the two leads of the show, he’s the true talent, and she brings the press in droves. Of course, she wasn’t allowed to do much press when she was married to Tom and performing in that All My Sons revival years ago, but now, Katie is in the driver’s seat, and it must feel really, really good.

While this career revamp might not put Katie back on the road she was on before she encountered Tom Cruise and his CO$ love ship of doom, it’s a start. I think we can all recognize that Katie was never the most versatile actress, and the side smirk can really kill suspension of disbelief in most roles, but proving herself in a live theater capacity is a very smart move. As a dark comedy, Theresa Rebeck’s Dead Accounts seems like a good vehicle too with the show taking aim at the topics of familial relations, Wall Street, and love. It’s also a critique of the struggle between choosing big city life (depicted as the East Coast) and small-town gentility (represented by the Midwest). So it makes a lot of sense that Katie was talking about her appreciation of boxed wine in that NYT interview where she and Norbert were both stressing their Midwestern and Catholic roots. The two play siblings in the movie with Katie portraying the sister (Laura) who stays in the small town to take care of her parents while Norbert is the returning prodigal son (Jack) who is tiring of city life. Here are some excerpts from their Vogue interview:

On being Catholic & Midwestern: “You grow up in that environment, and when you leave it, all those things are being challenged. Jack tried something, and it didn’t work. Now he’s coming home, and all of these people who have played it safe are the first ones to say, ‘How could you do that?’ It’s like that saying ‘Morality is a lack of opportunity.’”

The whole play takes place in a kitchen: “Like, just me in the kitchen is a comedy,” Holmes says. “But it’s heartbreaking for me going through it—­” (Butz erupts into surprised laughter. “Because you’re such a bad cook?”) “Yes. But for others, they probably think it’s really funny, because all the pans are out, and I get frustrated, and suddenly it’s burning–” (“And all these emotions will come out of it–,” Butz offers, nodding.) “And I went to Eataly,” Holmes explains. “I got the stuff. And it still turned out, like–not good!”

Will she do more Broadway? “God, I hope so. It’s exciting because there’s no close-up, so a person has to use every inch of themselves. The way their hand is says something. So you’re never done–­and who wants to be done? It’s just another opportunity to keep growing.”

[From Vogue]

I really identify with not being the greatest cook in the world when it comes to making several things at a time. I can do one or two things at once — like a casserole or pasta and salad. Or a pan of enchiladas, which are excellent, by the way. But trying to coordinate more than that in the kitchen is something that I’ll never be able to do. Katie’s admission tells us something even more important though, which is that there’s no way in hell that she will be making a huge Thanksgiving dinner “from scratch” (including pumpkin bars) for Tom and Suri this year. Oh, and we’re officially on count for 17 WEEKS since Tom has seen Suri. Tool.

Not incidentally, here are some photos of Katie arriving at the Music Box Theater over the weekend. Her street style is improving, right?

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN

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  1. gee says:

    Pictures of her is like looking at sweater pr0n. I love it she has the best sweaters.

  2. emmie_a says:

    Katie has become my favorite celebrity. I just saw her on Live with Kelly & Michael and she just seems so sweet and unassuming. I hope she’s not just a great actress and is really like that in real life!

  3. mia girl says:

    This reminds me of that movie she did early in her career where she was trying to cook a Thanksgiving dinner for her parents.

    She was good in that film. I hope she can get her career back on track.

  4. KellyinSeattle says:

    I really like Katie. I second the motion about Thanksgiving; I can’t cook , myself! If it weren’t for family, I’d be eating a Banquet turkey and mashed potatoes TV dinner. But Katie seems really cool. I hope she and Suri/Sarah have a good Thanksgiving without Tom.

  5. the original bellaluna says:

    So, you mean that story was bogus? Qu’elle surprise!!!

    I happen to make an AWESOME Thanksgiving dinner from scratch (Christmas & New Year’s, too), but I won’t be this year. :(

  6. erika says:

    damn girl….”I need a hero(ine)!” who would of thought k. holmes? i really dig her, i feel like she’s one of my best friends (reminds me of one gal), her modesty, humility and most of all resilience is so damn smart.

    resilience. good for her, instead of crying/boozing/drugging/shagging TC out of her life, she’s digging up the dirt hole from reverse and getting herself (and her kid) out.


  7. Memphis says:

    I really like the sweater she is wearing, and the coat too.

    As for holiday cooking, my DH does that. :) I bake desserts from scratch, but the holiday meal…that’s his department.

  8. Ally says:

    Maybe the longer Tom stays away the better. There were pictures of Kate and Suri over the weekend. Suri looked like a different child, holding her Mum’s hand, skipping down the street wearing warm tights and boots, she looked so normal and happy. The change in lifestyle, particularly going to school and mixing with children her own age is clearly working. Kate’s doing a good job.

  9. WOM says:

    “Her street style is improving, right?” No. She’s wearing shiny leggings with a seam up the front. Plus why pair ballet flats with exposed ankles AND a down parka? Are her ankles in a tropical micro climate but her torso is in the arctic? But I do like that poncho.

    I’m conflicted about the ongoing count of the weeks since Tom has seen Suri. Mostly because I think it’s for the best that he stay away from that child, and I fear he’ll show up if/when this narrative continues and his publicist advises he do a papp walk with her.

  10. Jane says:

    I never thought I would say this about her, but I admire her. She was smart and brave enough to think things through and get out of a bad situation and seemingly wound up calling the shots throughout. I suspect her parents, mainly her father, were also fully supportive and giving her good advice on how to go about it.

    I recently saw a photo of her riding the subway with Suri. The caption said she feel asleep and in the photo her eyes are closed. A tired mom getting from point A to point B with her kid.

    If Tom saw the photo he probably started foaming at the mouth because Suri wasn’t being whisked from one place to the other in a limo with the papps running after them.

    Katie is obviously trying to raise Suri as normally as possible so Suri can have as normal a life as possible. I wish her all the luck in the world.

  11. lrm says:

    I think Katie is so beautiful-i’m glad she is getting her groove back, as it were….
    Robo phase was beyond creepy and i thought she was ‘gone for good’.

    she is looking better and better with each passing week!
    regardless of her motivations and intentions in her marriage, etc., she obv. is a good mother and enjoys her work. nice, positive story(:

  12. lrm says:

    i don’t know, but i am believing the ‘theory’ that tom is not suri’s bio dad….and how much presence he had in her life all of these years, we don’t know.
    we do know scio. staff was heavy handed in katie’s life…but for all we know, she and tom spend very little time together, save for photo ops.

  13. Hmmm says:

    Someone who cannot cook is someone who lives a life of privilege, or someone who can afford to eat out every day. It’s nothing to boast about, but it certainly implies privilege.

    Amazing how often she gets papped, for largely being a nonentity. I’m guessing the paps get called every time. After all, I understand in NYC that if you want to stay anonymous, you can. She’s as fake as a two dollar bill, and her acting is on par with that.

    Seems like she has a great PR team.

    • CF98 says:

      That’s not true I don’t have her income and I’m not much of a cook either its a skill believe it or not some people don’t have that.

      Regardless I don’t doubt celebs call the paps ahead of time but I really doubt she wants pics of her shown asleep on the subway with her daughter in her lap although I admit that was cute.

  14. holly hobby says:

    I bet she doesn’t arrange her own flowers either! Remember when Tommy girl used to say that Katie baked cookies and made the entire holiday dinners by herself! Plus she arranged the flowers at her own wedding! I don’t know why he bothers to do this when he had free slaves working for him 24/7.

    I’m glad she can now be honest and happy!

  15. Kath says:

    It’s funny, I used to really like Katie in her Dawson’s days, and then as a young actress I thought she was making really smart choices (e.g. ‘Go’ was an excellent film, as was ‘Wonder Boys’), and then she landed Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise.

    But then came Tommygirl… and she suddenly was doing a POS comedy instead of working with Heath Ledger’s on his final film.

    In retrospect, the whole ‘Katiebot’ thing was so bizarre.

    I find it extremely baffling that she was left with no cash payout beyond Suri’s upkeep.

    For pity’s sake – Tom Cruise completely destroyed her career! Over 5-7 years, I reckon he owes her around $25 million at least.

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  17. annie says:

    I think Katie is one of the most unpretentious actresses out there.
    Yes, she has money of her own, not like TC of course, but she could have stayed and had it all, lead her own life, and still married to TC.
    She could have had the mansion, money plane , helicopters at her disposal, but obviously was unfulfilled, and wanted more from a relationship.
    Her dad had access to a lot of stuff about SCIE, I read that people kept him informed.
    I think she knew about the Naz girl and what happened to her, and put 2and2 together about her own relationship.
    Hope her play does really well.