It's a rainy evening in Manhattan, and Katie Holmes is pondering her new addition. Not a dog. Or a child. But a film that's been occupying her time and energy: the mother-daughter drama "All We Had," which she directed and stars in. The film co-stars Richard Kind and Mark Consuelos.
"I'm still editing. It's been quite a process. I also acted in it, which thank God I did, because I know that. The process of editing has been really challenging because I like to get stuff done and move on. It's a process. You have to make these decisions for now and next week you change you mind," says Holmes.
Holmes is now mostly based in Los Angeles with her daughter Suri, 9. She tries to be consistent and not spoil her daughter. Mostly, she succeeds. "Sometimes I waver there and she sees me waver, and I'm toast!" says Holmes. "It's nice to be out of the public eye and have some space. I'm back and forth a lot. I get my New York fix."
She's here to promote Alterna Haircare. Isabella Rossellini once compared her Lancome beauty contract to winning the lottery, because it freed her up to make choices based on passion, not her pocketbook. Holmes can relate. Being the face of Alterna financially liberates Holmes to work when and how she wants.
"Absolutely. And I really enjoy directing and I want to do more of it. We talk in Hollywood that there aren't enough good female roles. I understand that and I agree with that in many ways. I want to be a part of doing it myself. But it isn't easy. It's very helpful to not be dependant on movies," says Holmes.
Still, her deal is authentic. "I do love these products," says Holmes. "I don't spend that much time doing my hair. I don't have any selfie lighting and I don't have a glam chair. I feel very shy and so I like to escape into characters."
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Actress Katie Holmes during an interview with host Jay Leno on August 11, 1999 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Actress Katie Holmes and mother Kathleen Holmes attend the 'X-Men' New York City Premiere on July 12, 2000 at Ellis Island in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Katie Holmes, left, and cast member Chris Klein arrive for the premiere of "American Pie 2" Monday, Aug. 6, 2001, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kim D. Johnson)
Katie Holmes and Chris Klein at the premiere of "Abandon". (Hollywood, CA) (Star Max via AP Images)
Katie Holmes and Chris Klein at the Los Angeles premiere of "Matrix Reloaded". (Westwood, CA) (Star Max via AP Images)
Katie Holmes, left, and Chris Klein arrive for the premiere of "Ocean's Twelve," at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actor Tom Cruise and fiancee/actress Katie Holmes leaving a midtown hotel December 14, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
U.S. actor Tom Cruise, right, and U.S. actress Katie Holmes with their daughter Suri, who became engaged in June 2005, hold hands as they leave their hotel in Rome, in this Nov. 16, 2006, file photo. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia/FILE)
Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes during Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes Sighting in Paris - October 6, 2006 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/FilmMagic)
Tom Cruise, right, and his wife Katie Holmes pose for the photographers on the red carpet prior to the Bambi media award ceremony in Germany, in this Nov. 29, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Miguel Villagran,File)
In this Nov. 4, 2007 file photo, actress Katie Holmes joins her husband Tom Cruise as he holds their daughter Suri after Holmes finished the New York City Marathon in New York. Holmes' attorney Jonathan Wolfe said Friday June 29, 2012 that the couple is divorcing, but called it a private matter for the family. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, file)
Tom Cruise, right, and Katie Holmes arrive at the premiere of "Tropic Thunder" in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actor Tom Cruise, right, and actress Katie Holmes with their daughter Suri arrive at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Sunday, March 8, 2009. Cruise is here for the premiere of his new film "Valkyrie." (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
Tom Cruise, Suri Cruise and Katie Holmes visit the Plaza Hotel on December 20, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Actress Katie Holmes and husband actor Tom Cruise attend the premiere of 'The Romantics' hosted by The Cinema Society on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
In this Feb. 26, 2012 file photo, actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
Katie Holmes during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on November 15, 2012 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Designer Francisco Costa and actress Katie Holmes attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit, "Punk: Chaos to Couture", on Monday, May 6, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Valentino Garavani, Katie Holmes, and Giancarlo Giammetti attend the Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Event on December 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
The Tonight Show Starting Jimmy Fallon: Actress Katie Holmes on July 23, 2015. (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 28: Suri Cruise (L) and actress Katie Holmes (R) with guest in the audience during Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/KCA2015/WireImage)