Sherlock couldn’t crack Holmes

Katie’s back on the big screen, but that charm­ing ac­tress with the half-smile has dis­ap­peared into the role of Mrs Cruise

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODFACE TO FACE - MAR­GARET GAR­DINER

ATIE Holmes aka Mrs Tom Cruise, mother of Suri, is a clas­sic beauty of the ilk not seen in Hol­ly­wood to­day. She’s got a soft­ness about her that makes you think she’s frag­ile. Tum­bling black hair worn to the side away from her dim­pled cheek, and huge vi­o­let blue eyes, brings back the im­age of yes­ter­year. But Katie is tougher than she looks; maybe be­cause she is tabloid fod­der. On be­com­ing Mrs Tom Cruise – yes, she was the cause of him jump­ing on Oprah’s coach – Katie, and then their daugh­ter, Suri, have be­come a sta­ple in ev­ery mag­a­zine that cov­ers such things. Not a week goes by with­out a pic­ture of the gor­geous tot clutch­ing the hand of her mother, as they shop, play in the ocean, and go about their lives. So maybe it’s un­der­stand­able that she is re­luc­tant to an­swer ques­tions that are not movie-re­lated.

There was a time when she was on the cusp of star­dom for her work, rather than the man she was teamed with, that she ad­dressed the press with shy ea­ger­ness. The year she and Tom be­came an item (2005), I in­ter­viewed her on the set of Bat­man (she was re­cast in the sub­se­quent se­quel). With her half smile and tilted glance, she charmed as she seemed to stum­ble over words to re­veal this emerg­ing Katie Holmes.

It was with this mem­ory that I looked for­ward to in­ter­view­ing her again in New York to pro­mote, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark. What I found was a very dif­fer­ent Katie.

De­flect­ing the most inane, sym­pa­thetic ques­tions, like “How do you cope with the con­stant bar­rage of pa­parazzi?” A de­mure in­take of breath, and glance at her pub­li­cist, who im­me­di­ately yells out: “Can we keep it about the film?”

KCan I ask about the in­va­sive­ness of the press? “No. I’m sorry.” Katie re­tains her same sense of flow­ing style, (a soft cream chif­fon blouse by Holmes n Young, and a brick-coloured bell­shaped, be­low the knee skirt), but her per­son­al­ity is so far un­der wraps that she comes across as a Step­ford per­sona. There ap­pears to be no spon­tane­ity. The de­gree of con­trol was frus­trat­ing and off putting.

This is a hor­ror movie, was it lib- er­at­ing to make and what kind of fears do you con­quer? It was amaz­ing to work with Guillermo (del Toro). The great thing about mak­ing this movie is that you have a fam­ily and char­ac­ters that seem very real with real prob­lems. You have a child no one is lis­ten­ing to. She has no re­la­tion­ship with her mother and Guillermo has said the mother is the real mon­ster in the movie.

The jour­ney these char­ac­ters take in not run­ning away from the mon­sters but con­quer­ing them;

that’s very pow­er­ful. What was your first hor­ror movie? What makes you scared? I am a fan of clas­sic hor­ror movies: The Ex­or­cist, The Birds and Rose­mary’s Baby. You in­vest in re­la­tion­ships where ev­ery­one seems happy and then strange things start to hap­pen. It’s scarier than where some­body chases some­one with a knife. That’s what I find scary. As a mother how do you pro­tect your kids? What I love about this movie is where the char­ac­ter re­alises Sally is in dan­ger and de­spite her phys­i­cal pain she goes to fight for her. Look­ing back have you taken the path that you wanted to take? I’m very grate­ful for all the things I’ve done and I’m very proud of this movie. I strive to find qual­ity ma­te­rial. I’m fi­nally of an age to play cer­tain char­ac­ters. You did All My Sons way in 2008? I en­joyed that: hav­ing eight weeks to re­hearse a great play and work with amaz­ing ac­tors. You do the same thing ev­ery night, but make it dif­fer­ent.

on Broad- What are your fears in real life and do you have re­li­gious be­liefs? I love that ques­tion be­cause that’s some­thing that is so im­por­tant for a movie like this. If you want to cre­ate fear for an au­di­ence, you have to have them be­lieve the story. But in your per­sonal life? What kind of fears do you have? I’m not the in­ter­est here. What works about this movie is when you care about peo­ple. You don’t have gen­eral fears, like a fear of heights? Hmmm. I don’t fear many things. I don’t par­tic­u­larly love spi­ders, mos­qui­toes, rac­coons, and I’m hop­ing

that goes away. You don’t want to talk about your per­sonal fears? My per­sonal fear is los­ing the ones I love. When did you find your voice? I love that part about this char­ac­ter’s jour­ney…. Let me in­ter­rupt, I saw the movie and un­der­stand her jour­ney, I’m ask­ing on a per­sonal level? When I started act­ing I was a young girl and have been in­ter­ested in telling sto­ries cre­at­ing char­ac­ter and ev­ery char­ac­ter has been it’s own jour­ney be­cause it’s a new voice you are cre­at­ing. There have been many times in my ca­reer when its been, “Oh, this is who I am,” or “this is my voice”. I am al­ways chang­ing and be­ing chal­lenged to row in a new way. How do you spend your spare time? I like to be with my fam­ily and do mom things, craft­ing. Tom ac­tu­ally men­tioned that you are good at craft­ing and you have all kinds of projects? Yes. there’s glit­ter ev­ery­where in our house. Do you still go sky­div­ing? We’ve all been re­ally busy work­ing lately, so not sky­div­ing. Have you sky­dived? You re­cently por­trayed Jackie Kennedy in The Kennedys. How did you em­body her? It was an hon­our to play Jackie Kennedy and great fun dong all of the wardrobe fit­tings. She had class wis­dom and lead­er­ship. It was a chal­lenge be­cause when you ad­mire some­body you want to do a good job. It was fun. Do you have a beauty se­cret? A lot of water.

UN­DER WRAPS: Katie Holmes, an in­ter­view in Cruise con­trol

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