Move over, Rory and Lorelai. The first trailer for Katie Holmes’s new movie All We Had is here and in it the actress comprises one-half of a powerful mother-daughter duo.

In her directorial debut, an adaptation of Annie Weatherwax’s 2014 novel of the same name, Holmes portrays Rita Carmichael, a single mom who is struggling to raise her teen daughter, Ruthie (played by Stefania Owen). The duo attempts to figure out their own complicated mother-daughter relationship as they work to make ends meet.

“Superheroes don’t fly or look like Jesus,” Ruthie says in the clip. “They drive broken-down cars, they take their kids with them no matter where they go or how bad things get, and sometimes, they make mistakes just like anyone else.”

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Holmes is almost unrecognizable as the tired, hard-working mom of a teenager but the most difficult part of this film for the star wasn’t transforming into the character: It was taking the director’s chair.

“It was hard work,” she told People. “But, I had a great team around me that really helped.”

Watch the trailer for Holmes’s directorial debut in the video at top, and see All We Had in theaters on Dec. 9.