Katie Holmes: Suri ‘Is a Light’ on Set

09/15/2010 at 09:00 AM ET
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A film set might be Katie Holmes‘ office, but when daughter Suri is nearby it hardly seems like work.

“It’s really fun to share making a movie with her,” the Romantics star, 31, tells Access Hollywood. “She brings so much to it.”

Because she is homeschooled, Suri, 4, is always able to travel with mom or dad Tom Cruise and at the end of a long day, Holmes says there is nothing better than being reunited with her daughter.

“She is such a light that you instantly feel better,” Holmes explains. “When I’m working, I feel like, ‘Wow, this is so magical I get to share this with you, and you give me so much.’ It’s really fun.”

Her enthusiasm is often shared by Holmes’ cast mates, including the child actors in her upcoming History Channel miniseries The Kennedys.

“We’ve had a lot of fun with all of the kids on set,” she explains. “Everyone brings their kids and we do play dates there and paint pottery. There’s always like a million things going on at once and you just do it.”

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Jacqui on

Homeschooled? She’s four years old. That doesn’t even make any sense.

H on

ok am confused why does a four year old being home schooled not make sense? kids start school when they are four, at leats they do in england and you can home school any age all though you sre only sent the right educational information the term after the child is 4. when your child is born does make a diffrence but most kids are 4…….

most people get their pants in a twist over the way kate talks abouthe only little girl but i love it, she is sos clearly in mummy love its so sweet, i too gush to much about my daughter, i can’t help it , she is my light too, she makes every thing better xxxxxxx love suri, she is so beautiful xx

Jill on

Isn’t this a really old picture? I could be wrong, but I thought I remember seeing it a long time ago. I know people who do start homeschooling before 4 years old, while it is not as formal. Because technically, she would be in her 2nd year of preschool. Not sure if that is their reasoning. My sister did this with one of my nephews.

celebsarah on

Although “light” still sounds over-the-top, I was first a little relieved that she didn’t call Suri “magical” again. Until the end. Who talks like this? I hope everyone has an enchanted day!😉

JMO on

Whats the difference if a child attends preschool or does the same kind of work at home??

Jennifer on

Suri is definetly cute…but I agree with celebsarah…”magical”, “light”, etc….it all reminds me of Amy Adams character on the movie “Enchanted.” I could see a few birds and squirrels dancing around Katie and Suris heads as they frolic through the movie set! lol! I love the time I spend with my two little ones, too…I just don’t get so “la laa la!” But, she is a cute girl and you can see how much Katie adores her! 🙂

Bancie1031 on

Homeschooled – how come I’m not surprised ……. I wonder if Bella and Connor were or if they are homeschooled?
H – Here in the USA kids don’t start school until between the ages of 5 – 7. Normally at age 5 but you don’t have to send your child to school until the age of 7. At 4 years old they’re in preschool, which most people choose to send their children to, but it isn’t required.

Tess on

Please stop with these stories. They’re really not “amazing.”

maxi on

I started school when I was 4yr because of where my birthday fell
on the calendar so with home school you still have to register and it may be early like at 4 yr old because of her birthday that she has to start home schooling her, does it matter that much! At least she is going to get a good education it seems like people like picking this family apart for no reason. This little girl will no doubt grow up be sweet, smart, and beautiful because her other siblings are!

celebsarah on

Jennifer~So funny you say that, because I didn’t even see “Enchanted.” I was just trying to think of something over-the-top. LOL! You’ve hit the nail on the head with the squirrels and birds and frolicking. Love the picture, I mean “portrait,” it creates in my head.

Sarah K. on

Bancie, yup – Bella and Connor are also homeschooled by Tom’s sister. Apparently it’s a scientology based education.

Amanda on

Katie does sound a little OTT when she talks about Suri. Tom too. They make her sound like some ethereal, other worldly creature; like they’re not worthy to be in her presence. But you know, sometimes when I’m talking about my kids, I catch myself sounding a little nutty and hyperbolic. I think it’s just something all parents do, lol.

Jill on

I too live in the US and kids start preschool around 3 or 4. I myself, went to two years of preschool, as did all of my nephews. My friend just started hers at 2. Yes, it is not required, but most children do go to some form of preschool or daycare that includes a preschool program.

JM on

Bancie – i echo your sentiment. hardly a surprise that these kids are homeschooled. it’s a shame, i think if i was as famour as their parents i would want what little normalcy i could get for my kids. so just send them to the local state school, it won’t hurt them and it will no doubt make them more grounded in life….

ILuvPerfectParents on

JMO good question but the definitely have homeschooling for 4 year olds.

So a lot of celebs on the set of this movie, bring their kids and have play dates, yet they only wrote about co-stars perspectives of being around Suri? Hmmmm a great way to show Suri and her parents that she’s just like any other 4 year old, nothing special. *sarcasm*

nella on

People need to give Katie Holmes a break! Her comments always seems to get picked at and over analyzed. She loves her child and of course she will think the world of her. I’m not a fan of hers, but at the same time she sometimes gets critizied for the smallest things. I feel like no matter what Katie says people will find something negative about it. Anyways, Suri is a cutie and how they choose to raise her is their choice.

Lorus on

I see nothing wrong with homeschooling a 4 year old? It’s most likely not a heavy schedule like an older child would have. My 2y8m old daughter just started preschool. She’s known all her letters (and their sounds) since shortly after turning 2, and is really social, so I felt like she was ready to go. It’s only 2 hours twice a week so it’s great for her. She’s be 4y8m when she starts all day Kindergarten as well so isn’t Suri close to that age?

Bancie1031 on

Sarah K ….. Thanks I honestly was wondering that🙂

Jill – yes I chose to send my daughter to pre-k at the age of 4 but the birthday deadline here is September 1 and her birthday is a little over 3 weeks shy of missing it, so she turned 5 right after school started …… other than that I didn’t send her any earlier BECAUSE I wanted to spend time with my child – but me personally I think they also need school for socialization skills amoung other things😦 I think it’s sad when kids are homeschooled all of their school lives, they miss out on so much.

JM – I couldn’t agree with you more …. I’m sure they could find a suitable private school.

I understand wanting to be with your children all the time but that’s a little obsessive.

CelebBabyLover on

ILuvPerfectParents- Somehow I doubt very much that Suri is reading these articles!😉

nella- Right on, girl!

As for the homeschooling thing….I agree that homeschooling at 4 doesn’t sound that unusual. In fact (although I realize this isn’t QUITE the same thing, since it wasn’t formal homeschooling), my paternal grandmother and a few of her friends organized a “Home Pre-school” for my dad and the friends’ kids. They even took turns teaching and hosting the “pre-school” (in otherwords, one day it would be at one person’s house, the next day at another person’s house, and so on and so forth).🙂

So to me, doing pre-school at home (whether a formal version or not) doesn’t sound strange at all.🙂 That being said, Katie’s comments make me go “AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!” It’s obvious she loves that little girl more than anything!

mommy3 on

What I heard is that we are too busy and selfish to give her roots anywhere or allow her to develop friendships with other children. Poor girl, being around adults all the time must be so sad for her. I have a daughter her age and we are always trying to make playdates, exc. I seriously doubt that is the case for her.

Anna on

Why are people complaining about Katie bing in love with her child? So what if she thinks the time she spends with her is magical? I’m sure she has moments where Suri isn’t a light but why should she complain about her child in public?

Bancie1031 on

Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that Katie doesn’t love Suri, to me it’s quite obvious that she does! I do believe that sometimes Katie has the best of intentions but her words don’t come out right or the person writing the articles don’t print it in the same intentions that Katie meant it. And Katie’s words do get dissected more than most others.
I do believe in teaching your child at home before they start school, that’s part of parenting. BUT I stand by my opinion that children need interaction with children their own age😀 I stated my opinion of homeschooling.
What’s even more sad is that Katie (nor Suri) would be getting this type of attention if she would have stayed with Chris Klein, and if he would have been Suri’s dad (which he’s NOT). But because she’s with Tom Cruise, She and Suri is constantly in the spotlight!😦

Lila on

Sigh. This poor girl, no matter what she says or does everyone always picks her apart. They seem really happy- all of them. Why is everyone so bitter about that? Just because they aren’t doing things the way you do them, doesn’t make it wrong.

Tess on

No one is complaining about Katie loving her child, and no one is criticizing Suri herself. People are criticizing the ridiculous superlatives that Katie and Tom both use to describe their child. She’s amazing and magical and a beacon of light. She bakes amazing, magical cupcakes. It seems so manufactured, and that, I think, is what people are pointing out.

Tell me these comments aren’t over the top:

“It’s really fun to share making a movie with her,” the Romantics star, 31, tells Access Hollywood. “She brings so much to it.”

1) She’s not making a movie WITH Suri, Suri just happens to be on set sometimes, and 2) what exactly does a four-year-old bring to it? These are the type of comments that people criticize, IMO.

Jacqui on

Excellent points, Tess. Now if The Romantics were a children’s movie I could see Suri possibly being an inspiration or “bringing something to it”, but clearly it’s not a film for kids so that does sound ridiculous.

Elena on

For exemple in France children start school at 2 and a half or three years old. So it DOES make sens… You people should stop judging like that !

CelebBabyLover on

mommy3- Actually, there are pictures of Suri on the set of The Kennedys, playing with the girl who plays Caroline! Katie has also mentioned her going to various creative classes (ballet, music, etc.), and presumably there are other kids there. So I’m sure Suri DOES get to interact with other kids.

I also want to point out that we don’t see that many other celeb kids playing with other kids, either….and yet no one complains about them not playing with other kids (obviously this is excluding celeb kids who have siblings close to their age, and celeb kids, such as Violet Affleck, that we know attend a preschool/school outside the home. Naturally we KNOW those kids have chances to interact with other kids, even if we don’t get a chance to see that interaction much!).🙂

Anyway, the most important thing here is that Suri appears to be a very happy, healthy, well-loved child!🙂

CelebBabyLover on

mommy3- Also, check out this quote from this article. Proof from Katie’s own mouth that Suri gets chances to interact and play with other kids: “We’ve had a lot of fun with all of the kids on set,” she explains. “Everyone brings their kids and we do play dates there and paint pottery. There’s always like a million things going on at once and you just do it.”

Note how she says ALL the kids, and the kids have playdates on set!🙂

Heather on

I homeschool my 4 kids. 8,6,4, and 2. They get to interact with children AND adults. When you get a job, are only the same aged people there? Or are 20 something to 50 something people there? My husband works with all sorts of people- different ages. Pioneers had one room schoolhouses. My grandma and grandpa went to a one room schoolhouse. They didn’t a problem with it. I think my kids will know how to interact with people of all ages. I’m sure Suri will too. I was a kindergarten teacher. There is now way you can have time for each child!! I didn’t have an assistant and I had 26 kids. Can you imagine having 26 of your OWN kids and teaching all at the same time!! That’s what teachers have to go through!!

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