August 16, 2010 08:00 AM

Courtesy New York

Speculation about Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise‘s marriage may be constant – “It must seem weird, I guess, having so many people watching,” she admits – but the actress responds by brushing the scrutiny to the side, she tells the new issue of New York.

Family, instead, is what the two are focusing on. When they’re both working on set, the couple will “just fly to see each other after we wrapped” and they’ve also decided to homeschool daughter Suri, 4.

“She has a teacher who is with her every day,” says Holmes. “We like the one-on-one education. I’m happy that my daughter is strong-willed and determined. You really have to go with what the child is wanting.”

Which is also why the parents give her free reign when it comes to fashion. Along with providing her dad with advice, Suri played the role of stylist when Holmes went to the Met Gala in 2008.

“I had this beautiful red gown and these royal-blue shoes that I wasn’t planning on wearing,” she recalls, “but Suri made me put them on and so I was like, ‘Okay, I trust you.’ “

The budding fashionista is also vocal about her own wardrobe.

“I grew up the youngest of five, so there were a lot of hand-me-downs that I would sort of change up. And Suri and I do that now with her clothes. Or rather, she does it,” Holmes, 31, explains.

“She says, ‘I want this sleeve cut,’ and it’s like, ‘Okay, we’ll cut it.’ She picks out all of her own clothes and has since she was 1½.”

— Tim Nudd

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