Katie Holmes hires stepdaughter Bella as her new fashion apprentice

Actress-turned-fashion designer Katie Holmes has enlisted some help with her blossoming clothing line Holmes & Yang from someone close-to-home.

She has hired her 18-year-old stepdaughter Bella Cruise, the adopted daughter of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, as an intern at the company, the actor has revealed.

'Kate’s designing and [Bella] is just working her way up,' Mission: Impossible star Tom told People magazine at the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance National Tribute Dinner in Beverly Hills last week.

'She’s an artist, Bella, so it’s really great that she gets to work with it,' he added.

'She’s loving it.'

The young budding designer just returned from a trip to New York, where she was being shown the ropes of the growing company.

'This is my wife’s company, so you talk about movie sets with me, I can tell you [about] that,' he joked with a laugh.

'You’ve got to go to all these different factories and verify and make sure you get the correct clothes,' he said. When asked if he was proud of his daughters talents and aspirations, he responded: 'I am! It’s wonderful!'

Katie Holmes' clothing line was launched in May 2011 in collaboration with designer Jeanne Yang.

'We just wanted to do comfortable clothes that you can wear going from a meeting to being a mom to going on a date,' Katie said of the collection at the time admitting that her daughter and Jeanne's two daughters had been a large inspiration.