Actress TORI SPELLING has slammed KATIE HOLMES in her latest book, recalling a very awkward encounter with the former Mrs. Tom Cruise, during which she appeared to have no knowledge of the Beverly Hills, 90210 star's much-publicized family life.
In her new book, Spelling It Like It Is, the reality TV regular reveals she first met Holmes in the 1990s when she was appearing in the movie Teaching Mrs. Tingle with a friend, and recalls the former Dawson's Creek star was "shy but engaging, and altogether pretty adorable".
And she was thrilled when the two stars' paths crossed again years later outside the studio of a vocal teacher they shared.
Spelling writes, "As I sat waiting outside his (vocal coach Eric Vetro) music room, I heard his prior appointment working with him in the other room. It was some actress singing horribly off-key... That made me feel better. I heard him say good-bye and then the actress walked out of the room. It was Katie Holmes.
"I didn't know whether we should hug or shake hands. But the signal from her was immediately clear: Don't even come close. I instantly got nervous. We clearly weren't going to catch up on the last ten years. And we certainly weren't going to talk about her husband, Tom Cruise."
Spelling tried to spark up conversation with Holmes over their children, but the conversation quickly turned sour after Holmes admitted she didn't know Spelling had kids.
She explains, "Then I was annoyed. 'Come on. OK, I know you're busy. But you're in the public eye. Don't tell me you don't follow the tabloids. Don't tell me you don't know anything about other celebrities and their kids.' Then we stood there. She was just plastic. In a perfectly polite way... My pits were drenched. I never sweat. It was that awkward....
"As my anxiety faded, I just felt sorry for her. I hadn't expected her to reminisce, but this was a totally different person from the girl I'd met at Trader Vic's. I felt sad for her. Those paparazzi photos, the ones where she looks like she's miserable but putting on a happy face? That's what she looked like in person. Not long after that encounter the news would break that she and Tom had split up."