“A lot of people think that I just became this wallflower, this woman who doesn’t have any control of her life. And that’s pretty wrong.”
—Katie Holmes, on how people think she’s changed since marrying Tom Cruise.
A shy person who doesn’t like to participate in social activities.
Wallflower is the name of a plant with delicate orange or yellow blossoms that often grows along old walls or cliffs. It’s also what we call a quiet, antisocial person who is shy at parties. Katie Holmes says that the public thinks she’s turned into a wallflower because of her relationship with Tom Cruise. People say that he doesn’t let her go out very much or have many friends, but Katie says that isn’t true.
Being a wallflower isn’t all bad. Girls who get called wallflowers are often pretty and mysterious. They might seem really quiet at first, but once you notice them and talk to them, they’re actually really interesting. The singer Bob Dylan even has a love song called “Wallflower.” He sings, “Wallflower, wallflower, won’t you dance with me? I’m fallin’ in love with you.”
► At first, I didn’t notice Jane because she’s really a wallflower. But the minute I met her, I was in love!
► I tried not to be a wallflower at the party because I wanted to meet people, but it’s so hard for me to talk to people I don’t know.