At first glance, it looks as though Katie Holmes has fallen on some pretty hard times, or at least fallen far from her Hollywood glory. A blackened tooth, disheveled clothes, and wild, unkempt hair leaves Katie looking pretty rough, but Ms. Holmes is far from pitching up a cardboard box home on skid row.
Actually, Katie is working as both star and in her directorial debut on All We Had, which is being filmed in Staten Island, New York. Based on the novel by Annie Weatherwax, All We Had picks up after the 2008 financial collapse and follows the life of Rita Carmichael (Holmes) and her daughter (Stefania Owen, The Lovely Bones), as mother and daughter try to rebuild their lives in the small town of Grand River, Ohio.
Seen on set and off screen, Katie and Stefania seem to be getting along well, laughing and chatting with one another as they explore the streets of the film’s locations. As she smiles with a crew member, Ms. Holmes is spotted showing off her sense of humor as well as that broad smile with crinkled nose that reminds Katie’s fans at once of her days as Dawson’s Creek‘s Joey Potter.
Later, as Holmes and Owen stroll the storefronts, it seems that the actresses are both in character, particularly when Katie takes a hold of Stefania’s head in a way that is both motherly and stern. As the scene progressed, Holmes and Owen both grew more somber, and dressed in character as they were, they added to the idea that mother and daughter were in a precarious situation.
Previously, Ms. Holmes had been seen in a denim dress far too short and revealing, as previous sequences were filmed for All We Had. In those scenes, Katie was seen tugging at the hem of the outfit in the hopes to pull it down far enough to avoid any further wardrobe malfunctions.
All We Had also stars Judy Greer, who was also seen on set in full costume, including a very large prosthetic bump intended to simulate pregnancy.
All We Had was adapted for the screen by The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone. Ms. Holmes was so passionate about the story behind All We Had that she has also signed on as executive producer, as well as actress and director on the project.