Katie Holmes Followed Thandie Newton on Instagram After Thandi Recalled a "Nightmare" Tom Cruise Story

Katie has never publicly spoken about her experience with her ex-husband.

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So, um, this is the literal definition of the "sneaking a glance" emoji (👀). Katie Holmes just (opens in new tab) followed Thandie Newton on Instagram. Which is cool and great, but the timing is...interesting! In a tell-all interview with  (opens in new tab)Vulture (opens in new tab) published this week, Newton got candid with reporter E. Alex Jung, sharing not only that Newton turned down Charlie's Angels over racist stereotyping but a "nightmare" story about working with Tom Cruise on Mission Impossible: 2. Cruise and Holmes were married for six years  (opens in new tab)and share a daughter, Suri (who Cruise reportedly hasn't seen in years (opens in new tab)), but Holmes has never publicly opened up about their marriage or divorce.

The full Vulture quote is below, but in a nutshell: Cruise's then-wife Nicole Kidman got Newton a role in Mission Impossible: 2 (which came out in 2000); according to Newton, Cruise become super frustrated with Newton on set, to the point where a zit appeared on his face that "would [have taken] anyone else 48 hours to manifest." Later, Newton regretted not standing up for herself more, but says she expected an apology from Cruise; instead, Cruise called her to demand they shoot the scene again, she recalled. Newton explained that when she returned to set, she channeled an "alpha bitch," saying "I realized what he wanted." She says that Cruise "wasn't horrible," but just "a very dominant individual," and that was why Newton never wanted to do any more Mission Impossible films.

Two days later, Holmes started following Newton on Instagram, according to the Mail. So. There's that.

tom cruise, russell crowe thandie newton attend the missionimpossible 2 premiere in londons west end photo by justin goff\uk press via getty images

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Holmes has only very obliquely (opens in new tab) talked about her six-year marriage to Tom—with whom she shares a daughter, Suri, although Tom and Suri reportedly haven't seen one another in years. Holmes and Cruise married in 2006, and in 2012 Holmes abruptly filed for divorce. “Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest," said her attorney at the time; the Los Angeles Times reported (opens in new tab) that Holmes had used a disposable cell to communicate with her team about the divorce, and hired three legal teams in three different states. Days later, she was awarded full custody.

Tom later admitted that Holmes' decision came about in part because of his religion. In a 2013 lawsuit (opens in new tab) against a media company who claimed Cruise had "abandoned" Suri, Cruise was asked if Holmes had divorced him "in part to protect Suri from Scientology." Cruise said there was "no need" to do so, but added: “Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes.”

tom cruise right and katie holmes were wed just after sunset on november 18, 2006 at odescalchi castle overlooking lake braccino outside of rome, italy more than 150 close family and friends were in attendance credit robert evanshandout via wireima

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Anyway, here's Newton's full Vulture quote, which is, um, a lot?

Anyway, if you need me, I'll just be over here all: 👀

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