01/11/2008 AT 07:45 AM EST
They sure do grow up fast in Hollywood! Little Suri Cruise is not even 2 yet, but already mom Katie Holmes
says, "She's a very strong woman."
"I'm very proud of her," the 29-year-old actress added to PEOPLE at Thursday's Glamour
magazine kickoff event for V-Day's 10th Anniversary. "She's actually teaching me a lot – probably more than I'm teaching her."
The Mad Money
star said she attended the event to support friends Eve Ensler (the author of The Vagina Monologues
) and Paula Wagner (husband Tom Cruise
's production partner) – but she couldn't help singing the praises of her talented toddler.
"She's very smart and strong," Holmes concluded. "And really magical."