Katie Holmes appeared on The Today Show on Wednesday to promote The Giver, and much to our surprise, she chatted about daughter Suri and how the two have handled life after the actress famously split from Tom Cruise in 2012.

"I think, of course, you try your best," she said when asked about protecting her daughter. "I try very hard because I am very grateful for my upbringing and my parents and siblings. I try to do what they did for me for my little one." Katie continued, "The most important thing for me is letting her know how proud I am and that her accomplishments mean everything. Whatever I do is whatever. It's really just about her and that's what I think is most important."

So what's life been like over the last few years? "I'm an artist so I'm a risk-taker," she said. "I love adventures and new things ... I never really look back. I just approach life one day at a time. I'm really excited about where I am right now, this movie I've had some really wonderful creative experiences. I am just excited about the future." Sounds like she's in a great place!