Katie Holmes says daughter Suri Cruise singing on her films was 'meaningful': 'She's my heart'

Katie Holmes is shining a spotlight on her love for daughter Suri Cruise.

Holmes, who shares the 16-year-old with ex-husband Tom Cruise, gushed about collaborating with her teen daughter in her cinematic work in an interview with Glamour magazine published Wednesday. Suri lent her vocals to songs featured in two of Holmes’ recent films, the 2022 romantic drama "Alone Together" and the upcoming "Rare Objects," both of which Holmes directed.

"I hope she always does something on my films. I always ask her," Holmes told the magazine. "But both of those experiences came out of the same sense of what I love about our industry, which is, you have these projects and you become a family with people."

Holmes added: "So it comes out of love for me to include someone who I love dearly. That’s how I like to work. I like to have that kind of feeling. It was very meaningful to me to have her there, because she’s my heart."

"It was very meaningful to me to have her there," Katie Holmes, left, said of working with daughter Suri Cruise on her films. "Because she’s my heart."

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Holmes, who is famously private about her daughter, also spoke about her protectiveness as a mother.

"What has been really important for me with my daughter, because she was so visible at a young age, is I really like to protect her," Holmes said. "I’m very grateful to be a parent, to be her parent. She’s an incredible person."

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In 2021, Holmes shared a trio of rare photos of Suri taken throughout the years on Instagram to mark her 15th birthday. Holmes also opened up about bonding with Suri during the coronavirus pandemic in a November 2020 cover story for Vogue Australia.

"Hobbies such as sewing, painting and writing became new hallmarks of satisfaction and having had time at home to just be," Holmes wrote at the time. "To listen. To live for a moment in time without the pressure of results and instead appreciate the natural rhythms of mother and daughter was the most precious gift."

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Contributing: Charles Trepany

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Katie Holmes daughter Suri Cruise gets praise from mom for singing