Katie Holmes may have it all – a successful acting career, undeniable beauty, a drop dead gorgeous hubby and the most fashion-forward munchkin on the planet, but it’s her journey as a mother to 5-year-old Suri that really helps her relate to and embrace her movie roles.
In her new horror flick Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Holmes plays the new wife of a single dad and tries to be a mother figure to his young daughter. What begins as a forced relationship blossoms into a trustful bond, something that Holmes claims having a young daughter helps her conceptualize.
I think being a mom myself, when I read my character and saw the journey she takes and how we see her make sacrifices for her child – I think I didn’t understand that until I became a mom,” she told Reuters. “Just how much you love this person. You will do anything for that person, and you have strength you didn’t know that you had, which is what I like about my character. So I think that being a mom definitely gave me much more insight to this character.”
Holmes continues by discussing the relationship between her character and her on-screen daughter, stating that she “loves the bonding that occurs, and it’s really about two human beings that recognize something of themselves in each other.”