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Katie Holmes reveals the story behind her surprise guest appearance in her latest movie, Alone Together

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Katie Holmes didn’t have to look too far to find the right singer to decorate the cover of “Blue Moon,” which plays the opening credits for her new movie. Alone.. The actress wrote and directed in a romantic comedy of the COVID era (now performed in theaters and arriving at VOD on July 29), featuring her 16-year-old daughter, her song debut in Suri Cruise. , Starred.

“I always want the highest level of talent,” Holmes told Yahoo Entertainment about how the mother-daughter collaboration came about. “So I asked her! She’s so very talented. She said she would do it and recorded it, and I made her do her. It’s what I generally do. I want to do it — go get it done. ”(See the video interview above.)

And Holmes teases that her daughter’s singing career may not be a one-time event. “She actually sang Rare objectThe director says of her recently completed third feature, a historical drama based on 2016’s bestseller by Kathleen Tessaro. But don’t expect an arena tour of Suri Cruise right away. “Other than that, she’s a 16-year-old kid in high school,” Holmes says with a laugh.

There is also a special connection that Holmes and Cruise share with the “Blue Moon”.The director quotes the 1987 Diane Keaton comedy Baby boom As one of the influences of Alone, And Keaton is an enthusiastic fan of everything in general. It’s not a coincidence, Annie Hall Star covered “Blue Moon” in Rob Reiner’s 2014 movie, And it goes.. “Diane met when my daughter was one,” Holmes revealed, and Cruz portrayed the classic ballad of 1934. Alone A sweet lap moment.

American actress Katie Holmes and her daughter Suri Cruise arrive at the opening night premiere

Katie Holmes and her daughter Suri Cruise arrive at the opening night premiere In heights During the Tribeca Festival on June 9, 2021 in New York City. (Photo: Angela Weiss via Getty Images / AFP)

Speaking of the moment of the whole circumference Alone Widely released 25 years after Holmes made his feature film debut in Henry Ice storm..future Dawson’s Creek The superstar was only 19 years old when she landed a memorable role in Tobey Maguire’s high school crush in her little but acclaimed 1997 drama. Looking back at her film a quarter of a century later, Holmes says she can see how her formative experience with Lee shaped her own creative evolution into the filmmaker. increase.

“The shoot was very exciting to me—it was my first job,” she recalls. “I wasn’t sure what was going on when I was there, but after watching the movie many times, Anne’s ability to capture the world is amazing. He’s very much in the way he shoots the scene. I think he’s a poet, and the dialogue he uses and the way it tells a story in a very easy way. It’s to find the easiest way to tell your story. “

Holmes attends the 1997 Icestorm New York Film Festival premiere. Her acclaimed Henry movie was her feature film debut.  (Photo courtesy of Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Holmes attends New York Film Festival premiere Ice storm 1997. Her acclaimed Henry movie was her feature film debut. (Photo: Longarella via Getty Images)

Alone Holmes and Jim Sturgess will be paired as a pair of New Yorkers who have separately decided to escape the Big Apple at the height of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020. Uncertainty and confusion will lead to evacuation together. Needless to say, their relationship will eventually turn into a romantic direction.

Sturges, who discusses Holmes’ staging style, praises her ability to help performers in front of the camera understand the scene in progress. “She gives you this incredible space between action and cut,” says the 44-year-old actor. “She rarely shouted,’Cut!’ Actually! You’d think she was a little hanging after the scene was over. I love she was always looking for a real little nugget.”

Jim Sturgess and Holmes together alone.  (Photo: Provided by Vertical Entertainment)

Jim Sturgess and Holmes Alone.. (Photo: Provided by Vertical Entertainment)

Like Holmes, Sturges is celebrating his own movie anniversary this year. Fifteen years ago, a British actor made his big Hollywood debut with Evan Rachel Wood as Julie Taymor’s 2007 musical star. Across the UniverseInspired by the Beatles’ immortal back catalog. The film was a mix of critics and commercial acceptance at the time of its release, but among fans of unconventional film musicals, thanks to impressive set pieces like a sequence of lively songs and dances at the bowling alley. It became a cult favorite. Dreamer “

“I remember it hurt a lot after that sequence,” says Sturgess now. “We really tried to learn how to slide down these bowling alleys, and everyone was really lying down because they were oiled. When you watch a movie [now], You noticed that they were only interested in the falling parts, and we were doing our best to get up! I have great memories of making the film and the experience is tied to other casts. I’m still in touch. “

So will Holmes and Sturges reunite for their own movie musical? “Of course,” Holmes is delighted to say. “I’m honored.” And, of course, the movie must include a daughter who plays “Blue Moon” on the camera. “I and the pickpocket in the movie,” Sturges enthusiastically. “I will go there.”

— — Video produced by Kat Vasquez and edited by Schuyler Stone

Alone It is currently showing in theaters and will debut on most VOD services on July 29th.