07/11/2011 at 04:00 PM EDT
What's date night like for Katie Holmes
and Tom Cruise
"Two years ago he took me up on his P-51 Mustang, a fighter plane from World War II. He painted the words, 'Kiss Me, Kate' on the side," Holmes says in the August issue of InStyle.
"It feels like you're on a bike in the sky. I thought, I'm either going to spend this whole flight totally freaked out or realize this is pretty thrilling."
When you're married to one of the world's biggest movie stars, whom Holmes calls a "manly romantic," life is bound to be exciting but also challenging when it comes to balancing careers and family.
"In our family we have a policy: we make it work," she says. "We Skype, and we try not to go for a week without seeing each other. We're also very good at setting up camp wherever we go."
Wherever the couple goes, their 5-year-old daughter Suri is often in tow. The actress, who will next be seen in the horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
, credits her daughter with enriching her performances.
"My work has changed for the better," Holmes notes. "I have more to bring to a role."
While the recent rumors that Holmes was pregnant
turned out to be untrue, the actress says she doesn't feel pressure to give Suri a sibling.
"We already have a very big family; a full household with cousins who are over a lot, and she has her friends," Holmes says. "My biggest thing is making sure she's fully taken care of and doing well."