Sometimes you just have to figure it out as you go.
The first trailer for Katie Holmes‘ directorial debut All We Had dropped on Monday, and it shows the actress as a struggling single mother trying to raise her rebellious teen daughter.
“Superheroes don’t fly or look like Jesus,” says Holmes’ daughter in the film, played by Stefania Owen. “They drive broken-down cars, they take their kids with them no matter where they go or how bad things get, and sometimes, they make mistakes just like anyone else.”
Adapted from Annie Weatherwax’s 2014 novel, the film follows Rita Carmichael (Holmes) and her daughter Ruthie (Owen) as they teeter on the edge of poverty during the mid-2000s.
The actress, 37, previously opened up to PEOPLE about her first turn in the director’s chair.
“It was hard work,” she said. “But, I had a great team around me that really helped.”
This was the right time to pursue directing, Holmes said, because she finally felt she was ready to do it, and jumped at the opportunity before she could talk herself out of it.
“It happened rather quickly,” Holmes said. “I found the book and I had the support of my agency, and then Jane [Rosenthal]” — the prominent film executive and producer behind Analyze This and Meet the Parents — “decided to produce it.”
All We Had hits theaters Dec. 9.