Katie Holmes wants to shift her career to give her daughter, Suri, a better life.
Holmes has been acting in film and television for decades now, but she may be gravitating towards being behind the camera in the future. The actress spoke with Town & Country about wanting to direct more instead of act, because of Suri, her 10-year-old daughter.
"This business is so unstable, and you never really know where you're going to be," Holmes admitted. "The thing about directing is I can say I have this window and that's when we're getting it done. My child is the most important person to me, and her upbringing is paramount to my work right now. It's very important that I'm present and she has a stable, innocent childhood. I feel so blessed to do what I do, but there's nothing in the world better than watching your child succeed."
Holmes has dabbled in directing over the past few years, including one episode of the upcoming miniseries The Kennedys After Camelot, in which she stars as former First Lady Jackie Kennedy.
Holmes noted that Suri's teenage years are coming up and how she's afraid of how she'll gradually start to slip away.
"Every day, kids get a little further away from you. That's a positive thing," she said. "They should be becoming more independent, but it's heartbreaking. You want them to stay with you forever, but they're these amazing beings, and you have to do everything you can to give them what they need - and then they're going to go. And that's going to be very, very sad for me."
Suri hasn't exactly had the most average childhood, growing up in the spotlight with very famous parents. Tom Cruise, Suri's father, divorced from Holmes in 2012, in part because she wasn't comfortable raising Suri in the Scientology faith. Cruise remains a very active member of the Church of Scientology.