Mr & Mrs Tom Cruise

13 Dec 2011

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise talk about being parents, new projects and keeping the romance alive

As wife to one of the most powerful men in the world you would expect Katie Holmes to be the opposite of her first Dawson’s Creek character, but in fact she seems to have hardly changed. She’s sweet, family orientated, hard working, and although she has hardened against the media attention she still keeps a cool in all situations, while maintaining a certain charm.

For Katie, who turns 33 on 18 December 2011, becoming a mother has made her find her purpose in life. “Being a mom changes your perspective on everything,” she said, adding that for love of a child, “there’s just nothing you wouldn’t do. No bus is too big that you won’t jump in front of.”

Her daughter Suri Cruise is a little diva in the making, she has already made headlines by causing controversy when she wore heels, and has even taken to telling Katie how to dress. “She’ll really tell me,” Katie laughed. “Like today I’m wearing brown suede pants, and she said, ‘I don’t like your pants.’ But then she’ll say, ‘You’ve got to wear these shoes’ or ‘That’s so pretty, Mom. Wear that.’ She’s got a great eye.”

Despite being only five years old, the young fashionista is one of the most photographed children in the world.  Katie and Tom try hard to make her life as normal as possible, from watching cartoons to doing chores.

“We travel a lot, and so for me, it’s keeping a daily schedule for Suri that never changes,” Holmes tells me. “We wake up, and we do the same thing. She does her chores. I think it’s very important. If she doesn’t get her chores done, I notice she’s not really herself. She has to make her bed, she has to take her dishes to the sink, she has to put her clothes in the laundry — you know, that basic stuff. I try to do what my mom did for me ... just spending time with her, making doll clothes and planting in the garden ... When Suri comes to the set, we have art projects, and I just try to keep her busy and inspired.”

“We don’t watch a lot of television,” the actress adds. “We do a lot of musicals and Disney movies so we’re still in princess mode. I love taking my little girl out for an ice cream.”

Even Tom and Katie keep it real, spending their time off together watching movies and even playing scrabble! “But Tom’s really good at it,” she admits. “It’s all strategy. I think when I’m back in Toronto, I’m going to bring my dictionary and study.”

But don’t think they are boring - the Top Gun stud still finds time keeps the romance alive, taking inspiration from his leading movie roles. “Two years ago he took me up on his P-51 Mustang, a fighter plane from World War II. He painted the words, “Kiss Me, Kate” on the side,” she recalls.

Despite their hectic schedules the couple say they’ve never spent more than a couple of weeks apart.

Tom Cruise was in Dubai on 7 December for the world premiere of his latest movie Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.

Tom is known for his death-defying stunts, the craziest yet being when he scaled the Burj Khalifa for the film back in 2010.

“I remember the first safety briefing we had,” Tom reflected, “the stunt co-ordinators said, ‘Look Tom, I just had a five-hour meeting with the safety officer and they want everyone to wear parachutes...’ And I said, ‘Well then, we need a new safety officer, so go find us another safety officer who’s going to say it’s OK.’”

So how does his wife feel about this? Tom says she’s very supportive, “Kate knows I climb and hike and fly planes and all of that, and she’s like, go do your work, and she’s very supportive and helpful. You know for me, I couldn’t do what I do without her.”

When asked if there is anything he is afraid of he said, “Falling. I wasn’t afraid of heights – I was afraid of falling.” But this doesn’t stop him doing his stunts!

During his visit, the Academy Award winning actor had the chance to meet HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and was guest of honour at a party His Highness threw in his honour.

“[When] we landed,” Tom said, “I knew we wouldn’t have any days off, so the second we did, we hit the water park, then we went snowboarding, and then that evening there was a wonderful party that His Highness threw for us.”

He had nothing but good things to say about his experiences in Dubai. “We all had so much fun out in these magnificent locations, shooting in Burj Khalifa, out in the sandstorm, shooting at Zabeel Saray,” he said. “There’s a great joy in creating and making movies.”

“As an actor I get to fulfil the dream of travelling the world and having different adventures. I remember when this city was being built and I was looking at photographs of it - I’ve been watching it for very long time and was very excited to have the opportunity to film here, it’s an incredibly beautiful, modern, cinematic city, and part of the aim of MI4 is celebrating the locations we film at.”

His favourite moment of his trip to Dubai, wasn’t the premier nor the parties but going into the desert. “On my last night I went out to the desert and I got to ride camels as the sun was setting – it was really magical. There are just so many moments that I’ll never forget.”