Katie Holmes says she and daughter Suri Cruise 'grew up together'

Katie Holmes is opening up about her life with her daughter, Suri!

In a new interview with Elle U.K., the 40-year-old actress reveals that, after having Suri at age 27 -- the same year her marriage to Tom Cruise, who she divorced in 2012, began -- she and her daughter, now 13, took on the world together.

"I was happy to become a mom in my twenties," she says. "It’s been nice that our ages fit… how do I put this? Every age that my child has been and my age at that time has been a good match. We kind of grew up together."

Now that Suri's in her teenage years, Holmes shares that she's beginning to get concerned about bad influences for the teen.

"Doesn’t every parent?" Holmes says of parents worrying for their kids. "But, yes, of course I’m worried. There is so much bad news and hate and things that don’t make sense… The atmosphere around the world is… terrifying."

As Suri entered her teens, Holmes entered her 40s, something that, she says, did "not really" change her perspective on life.

"It’s interesting to be 40, though, because when you’re young, you think, 'I’m never going to be 40!' And then the day comes and it’s like, 'This is OK. I’m still doing everything I’ve always done,'" she explains. "I feel happy with where my career is and I’m excited for the projects that I have coming up to come to fruition."

Holmes' happiness about both her private life with Suri and her professional life -- the latter of which began with the teen soap Dawson's Creek, which, she says, she feels "grateful" about and looks back on "in amazement" -- is something she nurtures and maintains by blocking out public perceptions and never, ever Googling herself.

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"I feel like my time is better spent watching an old film, reading a great book, spending time with friends and family. That is somebody else’s version of me, and I can’t do anything about that," she says. "... I try to keep it in perspective because it just is what it is. I try to look nice when I leave the house. I’m very private and quiet, so it’s interesting that there’s that part of my life."

Additionally, Holmes sticks to a minimal use of social media, not using Instagram "that much and, if I do, it's usually just work geared."

"You can start to look at all these strangers and think you know them and there’s no way that can encapsulate a whole person. You’re just seeing a version of them and you always have to keep that in mind," she says of the drawbacks of social media. "It’s just a picture. You don’t know them. You don’t know their past."

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Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise through the years
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Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise through the years
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Katie Holmes, Suri and her friends seen at a restaurant in SoHo, celebrating Suri's birthday on April 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Katie Holmes, Suri and her friends seen at a restaurant in SoHo, celebrating Suri's birthday on April 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 01: Actress Katie Holmes and daughter Suri Cruise are seen arriving at Louvre Museum on July 1, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 01: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise are seen strolling near Le Louvre museum on July 1, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise enjoy a night at American Ballet Theater at Lincoln Center on May 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise enjoy a night at American Ballet Theater at Lincoln Center on May 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Suri Cruise and Katie Holmes attend the Oklahoma City Thunder Vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on December 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Suri Cruise and Katie Holmes attend the Oklahoma City Thunder Vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on December 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Suri Cruise and Katie Holmes attend the Oklahoma City Thunder Vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on December 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise attend the Z100's Jingle Ball 2017 on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Elvis Duran, Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise speak at Z100's Jingle Ball 2017 on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise perform during the 2017 Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Suri Cruise, Katie Holmes and Tony Winner Ben Platt pose backstage at the hit musical 'Dear Evan Hansen'on Broadway at The Music Box Theatre on July 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise are seen in the Meat Packing District on April 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: (EXCLUISVE COVERAGE) Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise are seen in the Meat Packing District on April 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Suri Cruise (2L) and Katie Holmes attend a basketball game between the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Suri Cruise and Katie Holmes attend a basketball game between the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 16: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Suri Cruise, guest, Emily Pynenberg as 'Cassandra', Katie Holmes, Zac Posen, Leona Lewis as 'Grizabella The Glamour Cat' chat backstage at the hit musical 'Cats' on Broadway at The Neil Simon Theatre on August 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Suri Cruise and mother Katie Holmes pose backstage at the hit musical 'Finding Neverland' on Broadway at The Lunt Fontanne Theatre on July 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Laura Michelle Kelly as 'Sylvia Llewelyn Davies', Paul Slade Smith as 'Charles Frohman', Suri Cruise, mother Katie Holmes, Tony Yazbeck as 'J.M. Barrie' and Amy Yakima as 'Peter Pan' pose backstage at the hit musical 'Finding Neverland' on Broadway at The Lunt Fontanne Theatre on July 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Suri Cruise and mother Katie Holmes pose backstage at the hit musical 'Finding Neverland' on Broadway at The Lunt Fontanne Theatre on July 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 31: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise are seen walking their Chihuahua Honey with some friends on July 31, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Actress Katie Homes and her daughter Suri Cruise attend the game between the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center on March 20, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: Actress Katie Holmes and her daughter Suri Cruise attend the East Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament between the Connecticut Huskies and the Michigan State Spartans at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: Katie Holmes takes Suri Cruise on a bike ride along Manhattan's West Side bike path on August 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 12: Katie Holmes with Suri Cruise sighting on December 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Actress Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise are seen walking Chelsea on December 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Actress Katie Holmes sighted helping Suri Cruise to scooter in Chelsea on October 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Actress Katie Holmes sighted helping Suri Cruise to scooter in Chelsea on October 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise seen on the streets of Manhattan on October 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 27: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise (R) leave ABC Carpet on July 27, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: (L-R) Katie Holmes and daughter Suri Cruise sighting on July 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
MANHATTAN NY - JULY 12: (L-R) Katie Holmes and daughter Suri Cruise sighting on July 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise leave Make Meaning on July 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Katie Holmes picks up Suri Cruise from school on November 09, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise are seen at a playground in Brooklyn on September 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/Star Max/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Suri Cruise seen on the streets of Manhattan on September 16, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Suri Cruise plays in Bleecker Playground on August 25, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise visit Make Meaning on August 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: Katie Holmes (R) takes Suri Cruise on a bike ride along Manhattan's West Side bike path on August 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise visit Make Meaning on August 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: Katie Holmes takes Suri Cruise on a bike ride along Manhattan's West Side bike path on August 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
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