is ready to have a merry Christmas. Hitting the London premiere of his crime thriller Jack Reacher
on Dec. 10, Cruise spoke to reporters for the first time since his June split from Katie Holmes
. "I am in a great place," he told PEOPLE. "I'm very happy." The actor, who has been in London since the summer shooting the sci-fi film All You Need Is Kill
, revealed that he planned to spend the holidays with all three of his kids: Bella, 20, Connor, 17, and Suri, 6. "We have got lots of very special things planned," he said. "We are all going to be together. I am looking forward to it." Although the distance from first grader Suri-with whom he briefly reunited over Thanksgiving-has been tough, Cruise has been throwing himself into filming with the occasional time out for some local fun. (He attended a soccer game with Reacher
costar Robert Duvall in Manchester on Dec. 9.) "I have been shooting seven days a week, but I feel great," he said. "I have a very busy schedule, and I like it that way." While Holmes is performing on Broadway in Dead Accounts
, Cruise will swing into New York City for a Lincoln Center tribute to his films on Dec. 17-and likely some holiday festivities: In past years he's taken Suri to see The Nutcracker
and the Rockettes.
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