Yummy mummy

Trou­bled teen Joey from TV’S Daw­son’s Creek has ma­tured into a yummy mummy who’s mar­ried to one of the world’s big­gest stars, writes Katie El­lis

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IF she wanted to make a state­ment, she suc­ceeded.

When Katie Holmes, 32, walked the red car­pet re­cently for her new movie Jack And

Jill, she made two state­ments. She chose to wear a sur­pris­ingly sexy di­aphanous chif­fon blouse and bondage heels and, for once, she did not take hus­band Tom Cruise to the pre­miere.

Walk­ing the red car­pet alone, Holmes stopped to greet fans and the crowd could not get enough.

The ac­tor is en­joy­ing a ca­reer resur­gence af­ter years of strug­gling to find the same suc­cess she had with her Hol­ly­wood break­through role as Bruce Wayne’s child­hood friend Rachel Dawes in Bat­man

Be­gins in 2005. Her re­cent solo ap­pear­ance said to ev­ery­one that Holmes sees her­self back on track. One of the rea­sons she has fi­nally had the con­fi­dence to go it alone is down to the fact she feels more cen­tred than ever in her role as a mum to five- year- old daugh­ter Suri.

‘‘ Every­thing [ about be­ing a mother] is the best part,’’ she tells E Guide. ‘‘ It is just the most won­der­ful time in my life. Suri’s so help­ful and so lov­ing. She loves to sing and dance. She’s just so beau­ti­ful.’’

It has also helped that Holmes has en­joyed very much film­ing with Adam San­dler in the quirky com­edy Jack And Jill.

Her char­ac­ter Erin Sadel­stein works to keep the peace be­tween her hus­band Jack ( San­dler, pic­tured above with Holmes) and his twin sis­ter Jill ( also played by San­dler). Jill vis­its them for Thanks­giv­ing and re­fuses to go home, lead­ing to hi­lar­i­ous re­sults on and off cam­era.

‘‘ It was a lot of fun,’’ Holmes says. ‘‘ My cheeks are only just get­ting bet­ter be­cause they hurt so much from laugh­ing. I laughed so much mak­ing this movie.’’

San­dler took some tips from his co- star on how best to por­tray Jill.

Holmes adds: ‘‘ What was odd was hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions with him about shav­ing your legs. But I ap­pre­ci­ated it be­cause he re­ally un­der­stands what a pain it is. Adam claims to have taken his bra home!’’

It was also a great place for Suri to hang out and watch her mum at work.

‘‘ She re­ally likes movie sets,’’ the ac­tor re­veals.

‘‘ She loves the hair and make- up trailer. Who doesn’t? But on this it was great be­cause ev­ery­one had their kids come along.’’

Holmes says her daugh­ter is also pretty style savvy: ‘‘ She picks out some of her clothes.

‘‘ When she comes to pho­to­shoots with me she likes to play with all the shoes. It is very sweet to watch.’’

Ac­cord­ing to Holmes, Suri has

Ev­ery day I am try­ing to find out more things about my­self. I love chang­ing

in­her­ited a love of clothes from her.

‘‘ Ap­par­ently I used to choose my own lit­tle out­fits for school and for kinder­garten,’’ she says.

‘‘ Some­times the re­sults were a lit­tle crazy but I loved it.’’

It is her fam­ily that brings Holmes the most joy. She has just cel­e­brated her fifth wed­ding an­niver­sary with Cruise, 49. The cou­ple be­came en­gaged af­ter dat­ing for two months, ty­ing the knot in a lav­ish cer­e­mony at a 15th- cen­tury cas­tle in Italy. The Armani- clad cou­ple’s guests in­cluded Jen­nifer Lopez, Marc An­thony and Will and Jada Pin­kett Smith.

For Holmes, who has her own fash­ion la­bel Holmes & Yang, it was her proudest fash­ion mo­ment. ‘‘ I was so ner­vous,’’ she says. ‘‘ I turned to my Dad and said: ‘ Do I look OK? This is im­por­tant.’ And he turned to me and said: ‘ You look great. You look beau­ti­ful’.’’ Holmes adds: ‘‘ The mo­ment the doors opened and I saw Tom, I was just locked in. It was just so mag­i­cal. As a wo­man, how you look on your wed­ding day is im­por­tant.’’

As well as be­ing aware of her style, the ac­tor also ex­er­cises to keep her body in top shape. She says she takes spin classes, although she does not tend to work out with Tom.

‘‘ He works out but he mainly does his own thing,’’ she says. ‘‘ But he’s in great shape. He’s very strong.’’

How­ever, un­like most of her Hol­ly­wood coun­ter­parts, she is not ob­sessed with stay­ing young and says she is ex­cited’ by get­ting older.

‘‘ I like look­ing back and see­ing pic­tures of the past be­cause at that time that is who I cre­ated for me,’’ she says. ‘‘ I ap­pre­ci­ate it more and more. But ev­ery day I am try­ing to find out more things about my­self. I love chang­ing.’’

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