Katie Holmes Talks “All We Had” Directorial Debut On “GMA” (VIDEO)
Katie Holmes appeared live on “GMA” on Tuesday to discuss her directorial debut, All We Had. Watch below!
In the upcoming film, Holmes stars as a single mom struggling to start over with her teenage daughter in a small town. Robin Roberts started the interview by asking the star why she wanted this to be her first project behind the camera. “I read this book by Annie Weatherwax and there’s a line in the book where [the daughter] Ruthie says, ‘Superheroes drive broken-down cars and they take their kids with them everywhere,'” she shared.
Holmes, a single mom herself, explained, “I felt like that was such a universal theme for all mothers, and yet these two characters are unique in that they’re survivors on the road. Sometimes Ruthie’s the mom and Rita’s the daughter, and they’re like sisters sometimes. There was this Thelma and Louise quality to them.”
Of balancing directing and acting, the actress commented, “It was very exciting, powerful and challenging… I started prepping about a year before we started shooting. Just compiling a lot of inspiration photos, watching a lot of movies.” And in a sign of how things often come full circle in Hollywood, Holmes revealed the movie’s casting director actually cast her in her very first film.
Holmes was also asked about daughter Suri’s “influence” on the project. “Well, my daughter is an incredible little girl. She was with me every step of the way,” she revealed, adding, “She means everything to me. Like every mom, you just want to make sure your child knows how special they are.”
The chat wrapped up with Roberts mentioning Holmes’ signature role as Joey Potter on “Dawson’s Creek.” Watching an old clip from season one, Holmes appeared bashfully amused. “I think it was the writing of Kevin Williamson, who created this world and these characters, that really made teenagers feel heard,” she said of the show’s enduring appeal. Check out the full video below!