Katie Holmes Online

Katie recently spoke to People.com about Suri, Social Media, and watching the political debates.

When Katie Holmes isn’t busy acting, directing, and looking after her 10-year-old daughter Suri, you just might find her in her New York City kitchen.

“I do like to cook,” the actress told PEOPLE at Quaker’s Oatober event in Manhattan. “In this business, you have months where you’re super busy, then you have months where you’re not. It’s not a consistent thing. So whenever I have time to dedicate to making a really nice meal, I really take it.”

In terms of her skill level, she says: “I think I’m a solid 7.” Holmes, who is the oatmeal brand’s new spokesperson, is particularly keen getting quality time with Suri in the mornings. “I like to make a nice breakfast and start the day calmly. I like that time with my little one before school.”

And when it comes to making dinner, she sticks to her (and Suri’s) favorites. “I like making pasta and lasagna; I usually follow Mario Batali recipes,” she says. “[Suri] has her favorites, like most kids,” she adds, admitting, “I don’t really have any tactics to help [with picky eating]. I think like most parents you make the stuff you know that they like, and every once in a while you introduce something new.”

On nights when she’s been working a lot, she’s not above ordering in and eating on the couch. “I watch a lot of CNN, especially right now,” the outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter says. And as for her ultimate TV-watching snack? “Nachos.”

Though Holmes is a notably private person, she is very active on Instagram, frequently posting artistic shots of her N.Y.C. surroundings — with the occasional food photo or selfie thrown in for good measure.

And if you think her Instagram account looks carefully crafted, that’s because it is. “I try to post things that take time,” Holmes says. “I am careful with what I share; I think about it. To me it’s like a magazine.”

The actress has also recently taken a major leap in her career — stepping behind the camera in the upcoming drama All We Had, which Holmes both directed and is starring in.

“I definitely have a greater appreciation for all of the work and all of the directors that I have worked with have done,” she says. “I really like having creative control over projects. You put so much into it and it’s a lot of work but I can’t wait to do it again and again.”

The other part of the interview.

Suri Cruise is #WithHer.

With the upcoming election quickly approaching, Katie Holmes and her daughter are spending time together cheering on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“We watch the debates together,” Holmes, 37, told PEOPLE at Quaker’s Oatober launch event at OatMeals on Monday in New York City. “It’s wonderful to have my 10-year-old see a woman up there doing well and being very clear and thoughtful in her responses and in her passion for what she wants to do for our country. That’s so powerful for a 10-year-old girl to see.”

Holmes, who shares Suri with ex-husband Tom Cruise, says watching Clinton has been empowering and inspiring.

“Obviously, it means so much as a woman to have the first woman president, but more importantly, she’s incredibly qualified for the job,” she says. “I believe in her, I feel her — and she has always worked so hard for children. I believe that our country will be taken care of with her as president.”

Holmes recently shared a post by Amy Schumer, which compared magazines and exposed ingrained sexism. For her, Holmes says there is more to be done to combat these social norms.

“I think that it’s important that boys and girls focus on what they want to do in life and what their passions are and finding those passions at a young age,” she says. “It’s important to focus on that as opposed to how they look and what they have. That’s what I focus on [with Suri]. It’s about school, extracurriculars and being proud of achievements and not the way that you look or what you have.”

She adds, “We have to make sure that girls know their power and grow up being empowered and knowing they can be scientists and teachers and doctors and lawyers. I think more importantly we really have to focus on education for everyone in our country.”

Holmes recently wrapped filming for her role as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the upcoming mini series, Kennedys After Camelot.

“People out there have a personal connection to the family and then there’s so many fans of her,” she says. “I’m a huge fan. So there’s a level of responsibility, but you feel that with every role. You want to create some sort of reason to tell the story.”




 

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