“From the moment I met him,” she continues, “it just felt like I'd known him forever. “I've never met anyone like Tom,” Holmes replies, her beautiful green eyes focused on nothing in particular.Do you ever wonder whether this is just a honeymoon phase?“Tom and I will always be in our honeymoon phase.”Did you learn anything in your previous relationship (five years with actor Chris Klein, which came to an end when they called off their engagement this past winter) that has been a benefit to this one?
As a mom of two, a successful businesswoman, and an actress, you juggle a lot. I think that’s essential.”What are some of your favorite things to do together? It just depends what vacation is.”How did you get turned on to coconut water?And the more times Holmes tells it, the stranger it sounds.“I've found the man of my dreams,” says the 26-year-old actress, sitting in a bathrobe as a manicurist paints her nails the color of kryptonite and a stylist teases her hair into wavelets in preparation for her photo shoot.It's 8 a.m., and Holmes looks astonishingly fresh for a woman who taped several television shows the previous day before heading back to Cruise's New York apartment, putting on her sweatpants and UGG slippers, and settling in for a late movie with her sweetheart. He's so generous and kind, and he helps so many people, and, um, he makes me laugh like I've never laughed, and he's a great friend.…”This is how the conversation begins; this is also how it continues, and how it ends. Do you worry that this might be a rebound romance for either of you?Best-selling biographer Andrew Morton, author of “Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography” (St.Martins Press), explains why it was a true Hollywood romance — because from the beginning, Holmes was playing a part.The awesomely public couple had all of six weeks, during much of which Holmes was on the junket, to decide that they loved each other, that they wanted to spend their lives together and that they would buck Hollywood convention, to say nothing of common sense, and sing their joy from the mountaintops (or from flashbulb-blitzed press conferences, red carpets and vastly popular TV talk shows).