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What a nice change: Katie Holmes looks sunny and stylish as she promotes The Kennedys

The Daily Mail - UK

We have become used to seeing Katie Holmes visiting Starbucks, with Suri in tow, looking tired, drawn and a little dowdy.

But since she's been on the promotional trail for her new mini series The Kennedys, the actress has really upped her sartorial game.

Katie was spotted outside Jimmy Kimmel Live in Los Angeles yesterday looking happy and chic in a spring frock.

Spring style: Katie Holmes looked happy and chic in the sunshine yesterday as she arrived at "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in LA

Giggling with her entourage as she got out of her chauffeured car, the 32-year-old appeared in high spirits as she made her way into the building.

Katie showed off her tanned and toned legs in her short polka dot dress, red heels and a denim jacket.

Her long hair was a hark back to her younger, pre-Tom Cruise days and even made her look a little like her most famous character Joey Potter.

Her sunny mood was in stark contrast to earlier in the day, when she was spotted leaving a Scientology centre in Los Angeles with Tom.

A little bit of leg: The actress showed off her toned bare legs in a flirty frock as she made her way into the studio to promote The Kennedys

The couple looked grumpy as Katie drove them in her Mercedes convertible, with Tom pulling his baseball cap low over his eyes.

But Katie was in fine form during her Jimmy Kimmel appearance, laughing and entertaining the audience with anecdotes about her home life.

She informed the late night host that they hold 'meetings' in the Cruise household, and that she has learned the hard way to pay attention during these family huddles.

'One time we decided to do some hiking in Colorado - so we had a meeting before our hike,' she said.

Watch my movie! Katie has been on the promotional trail for the mini series, which premiered in the US on Sunday night

Serious household: The 32-year-old told Kimmel how she and Tom Cruise have 'meetings'

'We were hiking four peaks and I was on my Blackberry not paying attention.

'I thought it was going to be a long one but that's all I was listening to.'

Katie said she hadn't realised hubby Tom Cruise's idea of a hike was quite different from her own.

'Our guides pulled out these harnesses and I was like, "I have to put this on? Are we doing down the side of a mountain?"

From church to work: Earlier in the day Katie and Tom were spotted leaving a Scientology centre in Beverly Hills

'I made my husband go in front of me because a harness doesn't look good on anyone.

'So from now on I pay attention in our meetings.'

Kimmel joked: 'I can't believe you have meetings. In our house we never had meetings in any form - there was never a meeting!'

Katie's new project, "The Kennedys" premiered Sunday night in the US to mixed reviews.

But the eight-part drama, starring Greg Kinnear as JFK, was a ratings winner, drawing 1.9 million viewers, a huge audience for the Reelz Channel.

The $25million series has been shrouded in controversy after The History Channel pulled out of plans to air it, with sources saying they were put under pressure from the influential Kennedy family.

The network released a statement at the time, saying: 'While the film is produced and acted with the highest quality, after viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded this dramatic interpretation is not a fit for the History brand.'

• The Kennedys premieres on the UK HISTORY channel on April 7th.