The Girl Next Door
Katie Holmes' Creepy Magazine Cover Story
by Roger Friedman
Katie Holmes is on the cover of Harper's Bazaar this month. But from the interview and the situation surrounding it, maybe they should rename the magazine Harper's Bizarre.
For one thing, the "story" that accompanies the pictures is so short that it might as well be a caption. It contains nearly no information, just platitudinous answers that are vague and sound like they were memorized before delivery.
The creepy part: The story was "styled" by Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, wife of David Beckham. The Beckhams have apparently been assigned to Katie and Tom Cruise as their best friends. Victoria Beckham, who is not a great singer, makes her debut as a stylist according to the magazine's contributor's page. Maybe this is her new career.
Coincidentally, Victoria Beckham is the only person quoted in the Harper's Bizarre story about Katie, other than Katie herself. Talk about keeping it in the inner circle.
Sarah Bailey, the magazine's deputy editor-in-chief, wrote the story. Beckham, by the way, was photographed back in September at Bailey's New York birthday party. In other words: The fix has been in on this one for a while.
Katie does divulge something interesting, however. She confirms that she and Tom are living full-time with his two adopted kids from his marriage to Nicole Kidman, as well as with his sister, her kids and his mother. In other words, Katie Holmes, 28, married just a few months, is surrounded by Tom's family at all times.
At the same time as this weird article in Harper's Bazaar, the Cruises also appear in Hello! magazine in Britain. In an orchestrated photo essay, Tom and Katie appear with Connor and Isabella as if they are a happy, nuclear family. Absent from this scenario is Kidman, who is legally the mother of these older children.
In Harper's Bazaar, Katie says: "I have a husband and children that I adore." In Hello!, it's noted that the children are living with Tom and Katie full time, and that Nicole is in touch with them by cell phone and via an Internet camera. Something is not right with this picture, folks.
And by the way, would Katie like to make a movie with Tom? She lays it out for Bailey in language that could only come from a press release: "He's the biggest movie star ever. ... It would just be a real honor."
It's also an "honor" being a stepmother, and Katie is very "grateful" to be married to Tom, etc.
Reading Bailey's story, especially in tandem with the Hello! piece, is very sad. It's especially of concern that Holmes' parents and family people who seemed to be incorruptible as far as Hollywood goes have apparently conceded at every level.
Their daughter is now a robot, surrounded by other robots. It is all, as Katie would say, "amazing."
What doesn't track at all is that Katie used to give funny, articulate interviews before she met Cruise. They are all over the Internet, for movies like "Pieces of April" and "The Singing Detective," as well as when she was on "Dawson's Creek."
When I met her in April 2005 at the Broadway premiere of "Steel Magnolias," Holmes was relaxed and funny.
Compare her Harper's Bazaar interview with one she gave in 2003 to writer Jeff Otto for IGN.com. It's hard to imagine this exchange now:
IGNFF: Are there particular roles you stay away [from] ...
HOLMES: (interrupting) Porn.
IGNFF: What's that?
HOLMES: (grinning ear to ear) Porn. P-o-r-n Porn.