Katie Holmes on Suri: ‘The love you have for your child is universal’


Katie Holmes directorial debut, All We Had, opens in theaters in December. The movie, which was acquired by Gravitas Ventures after it premiered at TIFF, is a story about a single mother and her teenage daughter who move to a small town hoping to sort their lives out. Katie also stars in it. Even though the story sounds emotional enough, it was especially a work of love for Katie because of her relationship with her daughter Suri.

Katie Holmes’ directorial debut, All We Had, tackles the timeless story of a mother’s relationship with her daughter, which Holmes says “every mom can relate to,” and is one reason she was so excited to helm project.

“The mother-daughter theme [of] that unending love that you have for your mother and for your child is universal,” Holmes told ET during a sit-down interview on Tuesday.

Holmes also said that her own daughter, Suri, helped her understand the dynamic between her character, Rita, and her on-screen daughter, Ruthie, played by 18-year-old Stefania Owen –which is why Holmes honored her 10-year-old little girl with a “special thanks” at the end of the film.

“She gets a special thanks for everything, [for] every job I do, because she makes every day great and awesome and better,” the 37-year-old actress shared. “I know myself better because of her, so she’ll always get a special thanks.”

[From ET]

Most of this is what you would expect a mom to say when she is making a movie about being a mom. I’m not saying Katie doesn’t mean it, but it is a variation on the “being a mom is the only thing that matters” theme that society expects moms to say. I’m getting stuck on the “universal” part of her quote, though. First of all, I happen to know people who don’t care if they ever see their own mother again and rightly so. I am also not a fan of broad-brush statements about how all mothers feel about their children. Personally, I identify with her statement, “I know myself better because of her.” I’m not saying everyone should, but I was surprised to find out what I truly valued after I had my children.

There is little doubt, however that Katie is devoted to Suri and I think that’s what I like best about her. It is widely perceived that Suri helped Katie realize that she needed to escape her marriage to Tom Cruise in order to protect Suri from the horrors of Scientology. And fortunately, she was roundly successful. Tom has reportedly not seen Suri in over three years. This week’s US Magazine claimed that he had a clandestine lunch with Suri in London recently. However, Gossip Cop has a denial from Katie’s rep. So we still don’t know if he’s seen Suri.




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  1. Aims says:

    I don’t understand how a parent can not see their child in 3 years. I don’t understand how you could justify it. When I don’t hear from my kids when they come home from school I panic. I know it is the scientology thing, but as a human being , how can you feel ok with walking away from your kid??

    • Chetta B. says:

      That is just exactly how much Scientology is screwed up. Yep.

    • squee says:

      Completely. My (very abusive) ex just didn’t bother to see our daughter after I told him I could only deal with him if we had an official arrangement in place (anyone who’s been in that situation can imagine all the many reasons why) – this was 4 months after I left him. Once he had to go through even the most standard of official procedures, where he wouldn’t be able to control the situation and get exactly what he wanted, he just didn’t bother and he now hasn’t seen her since last December. Every day I wonder how the hell he goes about his daily life knowing she is growing up and he doesn’t know her? She wasn’t talking then but is now, and he has never heard her voice. I can barely stand the sadness of it yet he wouldn’t just fill out a form and sort things out.

      A little off tangent there, but my point is i completely agree: it is beyond comprehension how these people can just be fine not seeing their children.

      • Carmen says:

        Guys like that, their children usually mean nothing to them anyway except as one more object they can control.

  2. Little Darling says:

    Okay so that SKIRT in the bottom photo is the stuff of dreams in my opinion. The zipper actually goes up or down and in all the pics I saw of it, it was simply gorgeous. LOVE that outfit.

  3. QQ says:

    LMMFAO another limp uninteresting Katie Holmes ” I love my child and motherhood more than any mom that ever loved her baby” bland ass Interview

  4. trollontheloose says:

    i don’t see anything that implies she’s saying motherhood is the best. She’s only saying, thru her experiences that a mother bonding is a universal understanding, good bad or very bad. You can hate your mom but there is still a connection through some various emotions/feelings. in her case her daughter was salvation. having her might had open her eyes in this blind love she had for Cruise and her daughter well fare was front and foremost the most important thing: in saving her daughter from the grips of scientology she also helped herself and got out of it before her own daughter shuns her like Cruise first kids. they had themselves in finding themselves and reconstruct a sane and happy life. who knows what horror of storm/hurricane they got out from. emotionally draining for sure.

  5. squee says:

    She’s got a great body – so slim yet amazing toned, muscled thighs

    • Chetta B. says:

      She’s a runner 😉

    • Mina says:

      Really? I was just thinking that her calfs are incredibly thick. Especially that she is that tall and it’s still very noticeable. Imagine if she would be short.. Otherwise she is a very beautiful woman but oh, dear, the legs…

      • samr says:

        She has the UGLIEST legs! And knock kneed and pidgin toed. She needs to keep them covered up!

      • antigone says:

        That’s really harsh. Maybe her legs aren’t her best feature but they look fine to me. Why should she (or anyone) keep them covered??

  6. Yeah says:

    Weird. I remember when she was starting to date again and she was at a basketball game flirting it up with a guy a couple years ago, she seemed to start to mature.

    But it seems she’s regressed a little now. The awkward, girlish way she has of standing is back and she’s giving platitudes again instead of getting real. Come on, Katie Holmes. You’re in your 30s. Time to gain some gravitas!

  7. Slowsnow says:

    She is one of those people who you always seem like a teenager to me. Always feels she’s playing dress-up with her mama’s clothes. And yes, the universal love for your children is such a platitude and talking about your child, to me, should be an intimate, private conversation – with your friends. I don’t know why people keep bringing this up. But yes, I also identify with the “knowing yourself better because of your kids”. However that’s a statement about her which is what I find so annoying when celebs talk about their kids – it feels, most often than not, like instrumentalisation.

    • IslandGirl says:

      She will always have my respect and admiration for being able to extract herself from that nightmare of marriage and cult for the sake of her child. That was some serious CIA operative shit.

      What I wonder is what she tells Suri about her father? You can only say that “Daddy is busy” for so long. She doesn’t strike me as one that would say negative things about Tom to Suri. Certainly not tell her the truth at such a young age. I suppose we’ll never know, nor is it any of our business.

  8. Dani says:

    I don’t care what anyone says about Katie, but I really respect her hustle and devotion to care for and protect her daughter.

  9. Dolkite says:

    She means “unconditional, ” not “universal.”

  10. Denyse Prendergast says:

    No one can know, of course, what transpired between Cruise and Holmes when they were married. What I hear from family involved with the industry is that Holmes got tired of being stay at home Mom while hubby opened blockbuster films around the world. Her ego missed the spotlight; Cruise casts a giant shadow. But, again what insiders think may be wrong as well.
    The one thing I’m confident of is that no matter what the reasons for the split, Holmes would make sure the world believed it was all Scientology; it was the one thing that would capture the complete sympathy of the public. She had this very well orchestrated.
    A bit like the constant emphasis since, on being the magic Mommy. One has to wonder how much attention Holmes would get if she were not ex-Mrs.Cruise, and the mother of his child.

    • antipodean says:

      David, is that you? Where is Shelly?

    • CharlotteCharlotte says:

      C’mon, take a look around and see that you’re the only one left in the “office”. Step outside into the light. You can do it. Make the break. Live your life.

  11. Deeanna says:

    Katie’s people denying any meeting between Suri and her father would be definitive then.

    I think Tom Cruise is too much of a “Big Being” within the Church of $cientology to risk the entheta (bad ju ju) involved in maintaining a relationship with a child of his whose parent is not a true believer.

    The Scientologists look down their noses at anyone who is not a member of their church. And they really, really don’t like anyone who was once a member and then left – like Katie. So they “disconnect” from these people, even if they are family members, including children.

    It is this Disconnection policy that makes so many ex-members of the Cof$ dislike it so intensely.

  12. tan says:

    Does anyone know how the whole process was executed? Katie leaving Tom I mean. All I read is well executed and hush hush and blind siding.

    On topic: It indeed is unfortunate that such a lovely lady is not the part of her father’s life. His Loss. Someday he would want to bond with her, actually want her beside his side , and she would refuse or worse, the scientology guards surrounding him will not even let his appeal reach her.
    Does Tom Cruise not understand what a massive stupid dick of a cult Scientology is?