Suri Cruise might not be making headlines like she used to, but she’s still one of the most influential celebrity tots in the world. And just to think, she doesn’t even have to try very hard. That’s because it’s all in her name. Suri is the daughter of one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood: Tom Cruise. Her mother, Katie Holmes, is also an A-list star by name recognition. So it’s no wonder that Suri’s name belongs in lights; everyone wants to know everything there is to know about this mysterious little girl.
Soon after Katie Holmes pulled the plug on her marriage to Tom Cruise, everything changed. The paparazzi stopped following their every move. Katie and Suri started spending more time away from the cameras and back in Ohio, where the actress grew up. What’s more, Suri began to look and act like a normal girl her age. There were no more couture dresses, late night dinners with her parents, and wearing makeup out in public.
Nowadays Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise live a life that is as normal as can be, despite a few things, of course. Here are 20 things most people probably don't know about Suri Cruise and her life right now.
20 She Was Born Into Hollywood Royalty
Okay, she might not have been born into royalty literally, but she was born into Hollywood royalty. And for folks on the West Coast, that is a big deal. There are probably very few people in this world who have no idea who Tom Cruise is. As a matter of fact, you can probably count them as a total of five people. Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Tom is one of the most influential stars of the entertainment world. And Suri Cruise just happens to be his one and only biological daughter.
19 She’s A Big Apple Princess
And while Suri Cruise might have the name recognition thanks to her father, she’s more of a Big Apple Princess than a Duchess living in London. Suri and her mother Katie Holmes live in New York City full time and they’ve made it pretty clear that there is no other place on this planet that they would rather be. They walk the streets without having to worry about anything. They go on playdates. They enjoy eating out or having ice cream by the park. In other words, they live a very normal life, despite being in such a small Hollywood bubble.
18 She Has A Very Unusual Name
But then again, is there a celebrity tot from Hollywood that doesn’t have an unusual name? We didn’t think so either. Someone like Suri Cruise can easily be known by just her first name and everyone would know who they are talking about. That’s just how famous she is. Plus, there’s no other Suri that has the same celebrity status as she does. The girl’s name Suri is of Hebrew origin and it actually means “princess.” It sounds fitting for her, doesn’t it? Suri also happens to be the Yiddish equivalent for Sarah. But honestly, we like the name Suri better.
17 She Made Her Debut On A Magazine Cover
For the first six months of her life, a lot of people questioned if Suri Cruise was even real. Just because her parents Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes chose to keep her out of the spotlight, people went as far as questioning if Katie Holmes was ever pregnant in the first place. Well, it turns out that they were just preparing for her big debut. Suri made the cover of Vanity Fair magazine when she was just six months old, and she was as cute as could be. A lot of people even call it one of the most iconic magazine covers to ever have a celebrity child on it, too. It was beyond adorable so much so that even critics loved it.
16 She Spent Her Toddler Years In Front Of Cameras
Just because so many people were fascinated by Tom, Katie and Suri, the little girl spent a lot of her younger years in front of the cameras. But that’s not because she wanted to; it’s because the paparazzi would follow her family everywhere she went. In some ways, the paparazzi became a part of young Suri’s daily routine. Thankfully, Katie put a stop to it. Suri is special, but she’s not Hollywood special, according to her.
Katie told Town and Country, “To experience something publicly and privately is a lot for a person to go through. In today’s world a lot of celebrities probably shield their children from the tabloids; in my household we know what they print isn’t true, so we don’t pay attention. There are more important things. But it’s very relatable to me; if people know who you are, they might write about you, and you can’t control that.”
15 Katie As A Protective Mom
The most important thing in Katie Holmes’ life is being a mother to her daughter, Suri Cruise. She’s made it no secret that it’s her priority. She also is a very protective mother and tries to give Suri an uncomplicated life. Katie told Ocean Drive Magazine, “I don’t regret anything that I’ve done. I’ve learned from everything, and everything sort of leads you to the next place. I just keep going. I have a very normal life, and I happen to work in an industry that is abnormal. Daily life, I take a train and cab; it’s just about getting from here to there, and I don’t care how I do it. I have to get there.”
14 She Wears What She Wants
Back when Tom Cruise was the more prominent parent in Suri Cruise’s life, the tot would wear some of the most expensive toddler clothes in the world. In fact, she would often make headlines for her couture clothing, even though she wasn’t even a kindergarten student yet. Nowadays Suri Cruise wears what she wants – even if it comes from the sale bin at a regular shopping mall store. Regardless of the price tag, she’s still the trendsetter she used to be. She’s got that great New York street style that people of all ages want to copy and try for themselves.
13 A Normal Childhood
Despite their name recognition, Katie has always said that if there’s one thing she wants to give Suri the most, it’s a normal childhood. She wants her to experience all of the other things that little girls her age do on a daily basis. That’s why Suri even had her own lemonade stand during a Pride Day in New York City recently! And apparently, it was a huge hit. “They had rainbow Rice Krispies treats and lemonade with signs all around their table for Pride,” the insider added to People Magazine. “She was very sweet and kind, telling everyone to enjoy their day and would smile whenever someone walked past! Very sweet.”
12 She Spends Holidays In Ohio
Back when Tom Cruise was still in the picture, Suri would spend most of her holidays in Colorado. These days, it’s in Ohio with Katie’s family. And according to the actress, she’s enjoying every little second she has with her daughter, knowing all too well that it won’t last forever. Katie told Town and Country in an interview, “Every day, kids get a little further away from you. That’s a positive thing. They should be becoming more independent, but it’s heartbreaking. You want them to stay with you forever, but they’re these amazing beings, and you have to do everything you can to give them what they need—and then they’re going to go. And that’s going to be very, very sad for me.”
11 She Does Not Spend Too Much Time In L.A.
If there is one place that Katie Holmes avoids like the plague, it’s Los Angeles. And that’s not because she doesn’t like the West Coast, but mostly because she tries to avoid the Hollywood crowd. If there’s one thing that she’s learned, it’s how to keep her private life as private as possible. She doesn’t want any media or tabloid intrusion. Katie told Angeleno Magazine, “When I’m not on set, I’m being a mom. I’m doing mom stuff. When I go to an event, I leave at 10pm because it’s really important to me to be a mom that is dependable.”
10 She Used To Be Close To Her Siblings
At one point in her life, Suri Cruise used to be very close to her half siblings, Isabella and Connor Cruise. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Instead, Suri spends a lot of time with the Holmes family and is very close to her cousins back in Ohio. Katie told Angeleno, “It’s important to me. We do a lot of cousin time with my nieces and nephews. I think the most important thing in my life is giving my child the childhood I want her to have. That comes first. That dictates where I work and when I work because it’s my main job right now.”
9 Her Mother Is Her Role Model
At this point, it’s safe to say that Katie Holmes is definitely Suri Cruise’s number one role model. As many people know, Katie has gone through a lot over the years, but she’s still standing tall. She won’t let anything or anyone pull her down. Katie told Town and Country Mag, “My child is the most important person to me, and her upbringing is paramount to my work right now. It’s very important that I’m present and she has a stable, innocent childhood. I feel so blessed to do what I do, but there’s nothing in the world better than watching your child succeed.”
8 She Was A Toddler Fashionista
As we mentioned above, Suri Cruise used to be quite the toddler fashionista. Whatever she wanted, she would get, thanks to her very powerful and well connected father, Tom Cruise. As a matter of fact, some parenting blogs couldn’t help but notice that young Suri Cruise would even wear lipstick in public. It seemed as though no one had ever told the little girl “no” in her life. These days it looks like Katie has a better control of Suri’s makeup habits. She only wears it indoors and away from the paparazzi cameras. It seems like mama Katie has the last word on everything these days.
7 Suri’s Burn Book
Before she could even read or write (or do basic arithmetic for that matter), Suri had an online “Burn Book.” Okay, so it wasn’t her burn book per se, but it was actually written by a blogger in Suri’s voice. The blog was actually considered one of the funniest ones on the internet, as Suri supposedly made fun of all the other celebrity tots in the entertainment world. She pointed out their behavior, what they wore, and the places they went, but in a super snobby voice. The blog was actually turned into a book because of its success, too.
6 Her Extracurricular Activities
Suri might have the name of a huge Hollywood star, but she enjoys all of the simple things in life, like all the extracurricular activities she gets to do after school. And according to Katie, it’s very important that Suri learns as much as she can during her childhood. Katie told More Magazine, “I like to be around people who make me learn something. I gravitate toward people who are doing things I don’t know how to do. [Being intimidated] is a waste of time. Just ask if you don’t know something. Ask. You’re probably going to make a mistake. Get over it… Some problems are never going to be solved. So dance them off, and you’ll feel better.”
5 Mom’s Instagram Account
Katie Holmes might be a very private person, but she does like to give her fans a glimpse of her world behind the scenes with her Instagram account. She doesn’t post very often, but when she does, it definitely makes headlines on all the celebrity blogs. Katie told More Magazine, “You’ve got to keep going. In every part of your life. Focus on the positive. Stay creative. Go to things that interest you. Do work that’s fulfilling. Challenge yourself. What’s amazing about the human spirit, there are so many people doing inspiring things. If you focus on that, it makes your life richer.”
4 She Loves NBA Games
For a lot of mother and daughter duos they like to do simple things when it comes to spending quality time together. Some like to go shopping, others like to eat their favorite dessert at restaurants or better yet, have a “spa day” by enjoying a mani and pedi with their mom. But not Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise. Instead, they love to go to NBA basketball games. There isn’t a week that doesn’t go by that Katie and Suri are spotted enjoying themselves at a game. Who knew that Suri Cruise would grow up to have such a sporty side to her?
3 She Is All About The NYC Broadway Scene
If that weren’t enough, Katie and Suri also love the NYC Broadway scene. This makes sense, considering that Katie herself ends up on the stage these days more than in front of the Hollywood cameras. In fact, Katie has openly admitted that she feels the best whenever she’s acting on stage and in front of an audience, so it’s no wonder that her daughter has gotten the theater bug, too. Plus, the shows are more intimate and in some cases more demanding then Hollywood movies. That’s because there are no retakes. You do it, and you do it well.
2 She’s A Gymnast
While Katie Holmes has never really spoken about this, it’s safe to say that Suri Cruise’s number one passion is gymnastics. As a matter of fact, the young girl has been seen going in and out of gymnastics classes since she was a little toddler. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, though, as many little girls Suri’s age love learning and showing off their new gymnastics moves. With that being said, though, no one knows if Suri is just doing this as a hobby or if she wants to be on the competitive stage one day. We have a feeling that she would ace her competition!
1 She Might Not Follow Her Parents’ Footsteps
With two very well-connected parents in the entertainment industry, you would think that Suri Cruise would want to follow in her parents’ very famous footsteps. But from the looks of it right now, that might not happen. That’s because Katie is not only very protective, but she wants the best for her daughter. And most importantly, she wants her to be happy. Katie told Angeleno, “Honestly I think that there are so many books and opinions about how to be a great mom, and you have good days and bad days, and sometimes you do great and sometimes you could have done better. But I have to say I’m really enjoying having a 10-year-old. She’s a remarkable person.”