Katie Holmes forgets her Broadway lines, the actress has confessed to talk show host David Letterman.
Holmes appeared on Letterman’s couch just three days after former husband Tom Cruise to promote her new play, Dead Accounts. While chatting to Letterman in an eye-catching hot pink dress, the 34-year-old actress admitted she occasionally suffers every performer’s biggest fear and forgets her lines. Talking about a recent on-stage slip-up, Holmes said:
“A couple of weeks ago I had the moment that I’ve been dreading. Which was, I have this kind of big speech in the second act and it’s pretty important because it kind of goes along with the theme of the show. And I said the first line, and I’m looking at [co-star] Judy Greer and I’m supposed to be angry with her. And then the second line I didn’t remember. And I didn’t remember the third one. And I just looked at her like – [Holmes puts on a “horrified” face].”
Fortunately, the actress is a pro and managed to keep the production moving smoothly:
“Obviously, I knew what the point of the speech was so I made my way there.”
When Letterman asked how it feels when Holmes forgets Broadway lines, the actress responded:
“It felt like a good hour.”
The response of critics’ to Holmes’ Broadway comeback has been mixed. After the play’s opening night, Ethan Kanfer at the California Literary Review wrote:
“Holmes is emotionally believable, but struggles vocally.”
The Los Angeles Times was a little kinder:
“[Holmes is] charming, natural and, yes, about as fresh-faced as a moisturizer model. But there’s only so much that can be done with a Rebeck play that has more topical urgency (greed, ethics and banking funny business) than dramatic finesse.”
But the New York Daily News was less convinced:
“Holmes, a film and TV starlet notorious for being one-half of the now-defunct supercouple TomKat, plies her lopsided grin, furrows her brow, cranks her voice level to loud and lets down her long brown hair in a flirty move that the boys of Dawson’s Creek would appreciate. Unfortunately, Holmes’ efforts add up to zilch. The stillborn comedy she’s in is so stupefyingly unfocused that it plays like a draft, not a finished work.”
You can watch Holmes’ confession to Letterman below. Are you surprised to hear Katie Holmes forgets Broadway lines?