Katie Holmes Gave Herself a Curfew So She Could Be Home to Care for Daughter Suri

Motherhood comes first for Katie Holmes. Although she is understandably busy with her acting and directing, the Dawson’s Creek alum makes sure she heads home by 10 p.m. to spend time with and take care of her daughter, Suri, whom she shares with ex-husband Tom Cruise.

“When I’m not on set, I’m being a mom. I’m doing mom stuff,” she said in a Modern Luxury interview. “When I go to an event, I leave at 10 p.m. because it’s really important to me to be a mom that is dependable.”

Holmes, 37, tries to spend as much time as possible with Suri, 10, and strives to give her daughter a normal childhood. “It’s important to me,” the actress said. “We do a lot of cousin time with my nieces and nephews. I think the most important thing in my life is giving my child the childhood I want her to have. That comes first. That dictates where I work and when I work because it’s my main job right now.”

In fact, as Holmes ventures into the world of directing, she has taken what she knows from being a mother and the relationships she has with the females in her life and applied it to her upcoming directorial debut, All We Had. “I thought, ‘If I’m going to do something I’ve never done before, I should pick something I feel comfortable with,’” she said of the film, in which she also stars. “I’m from a family of five children, and I have three sisters. That female relationship is familiar to me.”

The film focuses on the relationship between daughter Ruthie (played by Stefania Owen) and mother Rita (played by Holmes). “A mother’s love is greater than anything; it’s definitely a universal theme,” Holmes added.

All We Had hits theaters Friday, December 9. 

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