The scheming trio of Mad Money needs everyone's individual skills to pull off a heist of the Federal Reserve. Bridget (Diane Keaton) is the brains. Nina (Queen Latifah) has the access she needs. Jackie (Katie Holmes) is the transportation. Of course, there's more to her than just her role in the plot.
Holmes Steals Mad Money
"I was very interested in playing Jackie," said Holmes. "She was very different from any other role I've played and I was sort of enthralled by her sense of adventure. She was carefree, but she had this intelligence about her or maybe she didn't. She was very abstract in a way and there was a lot to create with her. You could read this role and a million ideas would come to mind. I liked her physicality. I liked the dancing. She was odd and I liked that. She is a kind of forgotten soul, like, 'Oh, there's that girl who everybody thinks is weird and doesn't talk to you.'"
Jackie does indeed dance to the tunes playing through her headphones, which is part of how she manages to swipe cash without getting noticed. On the set, however, Holmes had to pretend that she didn't care who was watching.
"You get over that when you're working. It's just part of the environment and so it was fine. I had a good time with it and it was important to me to find the character and what I had to do to make her real for me."
Director Callie Khouri also provided her with authentic music. "All the music that was in the movie, on the soundtrack, that's what I was dancing to."
Mad Money was Holmes first gig as a working mom. She brought baby Suri to the set and found it improved the whole job. "It was very exciting and I felt better. I felt that before children I was so into myself because I had no one else to be into. I just had to take care of me. How can you not be? It divides things. It puts boundaries in your life in a very good way. You know, 'Okay, this is work and I have to be done by this time because I'm not going to be around for this.' It really organizes thing and I really like organization."
Suri liked all the attention too. "She really likes movie sets. It's the second movie set that she was on and she loved the hair and makeup trailer."