By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Revealing her fears: Katie Holmes admitted she's terrified of raccoons as she appeared on The Tonight Show last night
Katie Holmes' latest film role sees her playing a stepmother living in a haunted house.
But when it comes to real-life, the actress admits she's actually terrified of raccoons.
Promoting her new movie Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark on Jay Leno's Tonight Show, the 32-year-old revealed she loses her cool when near one of the furry mammals.
'Crazy lady': Host Jay Leno was bemused when Holmes admitted she barked at a raccoon
With Holmes spending a lot of the year living in New York City with husband Tom Cruise and their daughter Suri, Leno suggested the actress should be used to the creatures.
He said: '"Raccoons? Well you picked the wrong city young lady to live in. Why raccoons? Is it the mask? Do you think they're criminals? What is it?'
She replied: You know, most things are like dogs, you know, they're more afraid of you than you are of them and I don't find that.
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Holmes' defence mechanism prompted laughter from the audience, with Leno conceding: 'He's like, this lady's crazy.'
Also on the show, Holmes admitted her recent birthday surprise for Cruise was ruined when her plans were leaked to the media.
She explained: 'His birthday is in July and we were in Florida and I was really excited and I threw him a little kind of dinner party.
'Then it turned out that it was in the press, it was like this huge blowout, but it was really only like ten people, but I was like, okay, that's fine.'
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark is released in the U.S. on August 26 and in the UK on October 7.
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Katie Holmes in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno August 2, 2011