Katie Holmes stumbled over Tom Cruise questions in pre-divorce interview, report says

A flustered Katie Holmes refused to discuss Tom Cruise in an interview the day before she filed for divorce.

The 33-year-old actress was interviewed for California lifestyle magazine C's September issue on June 27, the day before she blindsided Cruise by filing for divorce after five years of marriage.

When asked if having daughter Suri, now six, brought her and Cruise closer together, Holmes became flustered. "I don't know. I mean.....I don't know," she responded, adding vaguely, "People have been having babies a long time."

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When asked about her future, Holmes hinted she is ready to start a new chapter in her life, telling the magazine that she is "ready to take on some more challenging roles," now that she has been married and become a mother.

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She said, "I feel like I worked so much at such a young age that I really wanted to have life experiences. I feel more balanced and like I have more to bring to the table," she explained. "I always felt like I wanted to catch up [in my personal life] to what I was doing [in my career]."

C senior editor Kelsey McKinnon, who interviewed Holmes, wrote, "Going back over the tapes, there were signs: Holmes was certainly very aware of herself, laying a couple of cards on the table but never showing her whole hand." She added, "Most noticeably, the one name decisively absent from her lexicon: Tom Cruise. She never actually refers to him by name over pages and pages of transcription."

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