Katie Holmes Goes Nuts – Over Squirrel

Katie Holmes with Squirrel On Set in New York: Photo
Hey, little buddy! Katie Holmes plays peek-a-boo

updated 05/23/2013 AT 04:15 PM EDT

originally published 05/23/2013 AT 04:00 PM EDT

Now that's what you call animal magnetism.

While filming a scene on the N.Y.C. set of Mania Days Tuesday, Katie Holmes came face-to-face with a squirrel – and that's when things went nuts.

Testing her quick reflexes, the actress seemingly tried to pet her new furry friend at one point. (As a New Yorker, we'd think she would know better than to try and touch a rodent!)

The film, her first major movie role since splitting from husband Tom Cruise, stars Holmes, 34, as a manic-depressive who finds romance with a fellow patient at a psychiatric hospital. Perhaps going nuts was just part of staying in character.

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