Katie Holmes: I'm Still Starstruck by Tom Cruise

08/16/2010 at 08:00 AM EDT

Katie Holmes: I'm Still Starstruck by Tom Cruise
Katie Holmes
Courtesy New York Magazine

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

Even after nearly four years of marriage, Katie Holmes sees husband Tom Cruise just like the world does – as a mega movie star.

Asked by New York magazine if she would ever work with the actor, 48, the actress replies, "Well, we do collaborate on everything at home. But I mean, he's Tom Cruise! His body of work is incredible."

She adds, "Every movie he's done has done really well. I look back, and everything's a classic."

As someone who works in the same business, Holmes, 31, says being married to one of Hollywood's leading men has its advantages, and she consults him for acting tips.





"I definitely come home and say to him, 'So, imagine a scene ... how would you play it?' And he's helpful and sweet and gracious," she tells the magazine, on whose cover she appears in a classic Jackie Kennedy paparazzi pose. (Holmes plays the former First Lady in an upcoming History Channel mini-series, The Kennedys.) "He's quite an incredible human being."

Smiling at the Speculation

Speculation about their marriage may be constant – "It must seem weird, I guess, having so many people watching," she admits – but Holmes responds by brushing the scrutiny to the side. "You just, you know, smile and nod," she says.

Family, instead, is what the two are focusing on. When they're both working on set, the couple will "just fly to see each other after we wrapped" and they've also decided to homeschool daughter Suri, 4.

"She has a teacher who is with her every day," says mom. "We like the one-on-one education. I'm happy that my daughter is strong-willed and determined. You really have to go with what the child is wanting."

Which is also why the parents give her free reign when it comes to fashion. Along with providing her dad with advice, Suri played the role of stylist when Holmes went to the Met Gala in 2008.

"I had this beautiful red gown and these royal-blue shoes that I wasn't planning on wearing," she recalls, "but Suri made me put them on and so I was like, 'Okay, I trust you.' "

The budding fashionista is also vocal about her own wardrobe.

"She says, 'I want this sleeve cut,' and it's like, 'Okay, we'll cut it.' She picks out all of her own clothes and has since she was 1½," says Holmes.



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