Tom Cruise and Suri (inset)
Warner Bros. Inset: Pacific Coast News
06/11/2012 at 12:00 PM EDT
's glam rock look for his upcoming movie Rock of Ages
didn't exactly rock his daughter Suri's world – at least not initially.
"When I had the eyeliner and the painted nails
, [Suri] was a little taken aback by it," Cruise told Ryan Seacrest
on his KIIS-FM radio show
Monday morning. "She was like, 'What's happening to my dad?' "
"I joke with friends because she goes to [mom Katie Holmes
's] sets and there's hair and makeup and they're very nice," Cruise continues. "Suri comes to my sets and she's got to wear a hard helmet. There are explosions going off. Dad is bloody. He's bruised."
Cruise, 49, who plays singer Stacee Jaxx
in the film, which also costars Seacrest's girlfriend Julianne Hough
, says his 6-year-old daughter's trip to Rock of Ages
's set went over a bit better.
"When she shows up on [that] set," he tells Seacrest, "she really likes the singing. And here I am with black nail polish and eyeliner. She kind of takes it all in. It's cool."
Also musically-inclined: Cruise's older son, Connor, who recently deejayed
at the Wango Tango concert in L.A., and has been concentrating on his music, says Tom.
"He's so focused on his music right now – and it's great to see," says Cruise. "He works very hard; when he wants to do something, he's really dedicated to it."