Magazine article Variety

Katie Holmes Calls the Shots on 'All We Had'

Magazine article Variety

Katie Holmes Calls the Shots on 'All We Had'

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KATIE HOLMES walks into Jean-Georges clutching an oversized paper coffee cup.

"I'm the jerk who brought the Starbucks," she laughs, as a waiter swoops down to whisk the offending coffee from her hand.

Holmes, casually elegant in jeans and a tan coat, has been holed up in an editing suite, putting the finishing touches on her directorial debut "All We Had." An adaptation of Annie Weatherwax's novel, the film's look at a family pushed into poverty by the 2008 financial crisis seems worlds removed from the crowd at the posh Trump Tower restaurant.

"There was a line in the book, something like, ?Superheroes drive broken-down cars, and they take their kid with them everywhere no matter what,'" Holmes said. "That was such a wonderful theme and a nice thing to put into the world."

Holmes not only directed the film, she stars as Rita, a hardscrabble mother fighting to create a better life for her daughter. The story resonated with the multihyphenate, who drew on her relationship with Suri, her 9-year-old daughter with Tom Cruise, to create her character.

Emerging as one of the most promising actresses of her generation, with compelling turns in "Wonder Boys" and "Pieces of April" while starring in TV series "Dawson's Creek," Holmes found her subsequent marriage to and divorce from Cruise picked over by tabloids. She's kept a lower profile in recent years, appearing in Broadway plays, in an are on "Ray Donovan," and as Jackie Kennedy in "The Kennedys," while largely shunning the spotlight.

Holmes got comfortable in the director's chair while shepherding a "30 for 30" documentary about gymnast Nadia Comaneci for ESPN, then set her sights on directing a feature. …

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