Tom Cruise helped Katie Holmes beat first night nerves as she made her Broadway debut on Thursday night (16Oct08) - by gathering all their family members to give her strength.
Holmes opened her run in Arthur Miller's play All My Sons at New York's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, in front of an audience including her parents, husband and in-laws.
And she insists their presence energised her.
Holmes told People.com on Friday (17Oct08), "I was very, very excited.
"We had my whole family. Tom's whole family. Friends flew in. It's exciting."
She adds of Cruise's role, "He comes (to the theatre) a lot. He came to the dress rehearsal. I was so nervous, and I saw him out there, and he made me feel so much better. Every time hes there, I just feel like its going to be okay."