FIRST LOOK: Katie Holmes Channels Jackie Kennedy in New Role

06/29/2010 at 02:00 PM ET

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The baby bump Katie Holmes showed off on Monday was not in fact a sibling for Suri, but part of a costume for her role as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in the History Channel’s upcoming miniseries, The Kennedys. Coiffed in the famously chic first lady’s signature Camelot-era bouffant, the star was spotted on the Ontario, Canada set in a robin’s egg-blue shift, paired with pearls, a rhinestone circle pin–and a prosthetic belly–evoking Jackie’s classic polished look, even while in maternity clothes. Holmes, a trendsetter in her own right as well as a burgeoning designer, will no doubt feel right at home playing dress up as one of America’s seminal fashion plates. Tell us: Are you excited to see Katie as Jackie O? –Marissa Patlingrao Cooley

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KK on

Wow, give the actress a fair chance!
First of all, to those commenting about posture, cell phone etc. SHE IS ON A RELAXED BREAK in this photo and not shooting!!! lol. Katie is very thin and not curvy, which was the body type. And I’m confident she can pull off Jackie’s somewhat affected sounding accent. Katie was successful in her own right and respected as an actress before she married Tom Cruise. I admire her for going back to work part time and doing what she loves even though she clearly doesn’t need to.

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vicchy on

Personally, I think Katie Holmes will suit the part of Jackie Kennedy well. She has a similar frame, a soft spoken voice and probably won’t have to do a lot of acting. Why bad mouth someone who has the opportunity to play such an interesting person. And who cares how she got the role. It’s funny how many people would criticize her if she were to do nothing with her career since her marriage to Tom Cruise. That she is exericising her options to maintain an acting career is rather admirable I think! I don’t personally care for her husband, so I’m rooting for her to make her own way without his overbearing personality stopping her.

Jackie O Fan on

Seriously, Katie Holmes is not a great actress. Why she got this part – hmmm let me guess — being Mrs. Tom Cruise. She is a character actress with very limited acting abilities.
Her performance in So You Think You Cab Dance was an insult to Judy Garland. So this too will be an insult.
Katie Holmes is better off doing a TV series than trying to expand her career. If she was not married to Tom Cruise would she have been considered – I think not!

Jane Soulee on

Absolutely the wrong choice! Hasn’t anyone noticed the amazing similarity of Mariska Hargitay to Jackie Kennedy? I was in college during the Kennedy years and totally revered Jackie and her quiet elegance. Every time I watch Mariska on Law and Order, I am reminded of the remarkable resemblance…looks and demeanor. Katie Holmes playing Jackie is an insult to a true icon!!!

Bippy on

I think she will do a greta job..She’s a beautiful lady, so give her a chance..

Debbie on

I have nothing against Katie but she looks nothing like Jackie!

Susie on

the funny thing here is if people say she should go away, or who cares, then why are you even reading or writing a comment. Obviously if you’re on this site then you’re interested. any why would anyone hate this girl? she’s quiet, she’s not a homewrecker, what has she possibly done to have people hate her? I find this all really bizarre.

Jan on

I really don’t have much faith in Katie as Jackie. Katie doesn’t look like her, is not built like her, she can’t act to save her life, and I feel it is a HUGE casting mistake. I will say that I will watch a little part (the beginning) out of a morbid curiosity, but I predict a train wreck. Ann Hathaway would have been a MUCH better choice. She has spark and is expressive, and is built more like Jackie. Oh…and Ann can actually ACT.

Kate Ford on

Katie immediately makes Jakie appear unkempt. The posture abyssal.

A horrid choice to play a Bouvier.

The crew isn’t helping.

The hair is a mess. The make-up wrong.
The dress badly cut and too long.

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