updated 05/23/2013 AT 4:15 PM ET
•originally published 05/23/2013 AT 4:00 PM ET
Now that’s what you call animal magnetism.
While filming a scene on the N.Y.C. set of Mania Days Tuesday, Katie Holmes came face-to-face with a squirrel – and that’s when things went nuts.
Testing her quick reflexes, the actress seemingly tried to pet her new furry friend at one point. (As a New Yorker, we’d think she would know better than to try and touch a rodent!)
The film, her first major movie role since splitting from husband Tom Cruise, stars Holmes, 34, as a manic-depressive who finds romance with a fellow patient at a psychiatric hospital. Perhaps going nuts was just part of staying in character.