Birth Date: December 18, 1978 / Age: 39
Birth Place: Toledo, Ohio, USA
Biography: Katherine Noelle "Katie" Holmes (born December 18, 1978) is an American actress from Ohio best known for her role as Joey Potter, the tomboy down the titular waterway on The WB television drama Dawson's Creek. Holmes' movie roles have ranged from art house films such as Pieces of April to thrillers such as Abandon.
Holmes, born in Toledo, Ohio, is the youngest of the five children of Martin, an attorney, and Kathleen Holmes. She lived in Sylvania Township and attended Catholic schools in Toledo, including the all-female Notre Dame Academy. While in high school, she went with her mother to Los Angeles to audition for pilots for television shows. She did not land a television role, but was cast as the improbably named Libbets Casey in the film The Ice Storm (1997), directed by Ang Lee and starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver.
She returned to Toledo but her audition tapes continued to circulate. One reached the producers of a new show created by Kevin Williamson for Columbia Tri-Star Television: Dawson's Creek. Her appointment to read for it was unknowingly set by the producers for the same day as her high school production of Damn Yankees (she was playing Lola), but they permitted her to send a videotape rather than make her miss the show. Holmes read for the part of Joey, the tomboyish best friend of the title character, while her mother read Dawson's lines, including dialogue about sex and masturbation. Holmes won the part. Williamson said "She had those eyes, those eyes just stained with loneliness."
"I'm a lot like Joey," she said. "I think they saw that. I come from a small town. I was a tomboy. Joey tries to be articulate and deny that she doesn't have a lot of experience in life. Her life parallels mine, which is all about new everything--relationships, personnel, perceptions—and about being guarded." Dawson's Creek filmed its first season in the spring and summer of 1997. Holmes moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, where the show filmed, and for a time lived with creator Williamson.
At 5'9" (some sources say 5'7"), the tall brunette enchanted the press. "The Audrey Hepburn of her generation," was one typical comment. Variety, reviewing the pilot, said Holmes "is a confident young performer who delivers her lines with slyness and conviction." So good was Holmes that The New York Times Magazine would claim everyone in Hollywood was looking for the "Katie Holmes type" when casting shows. "The Katie Holmes type," the reporter claimed, "is a throwback to the 1950's: she is a smart girl next door (as opposed to the babe-o-rama blondes)"--the sort represented by her Dawson's Creek co-star Michelle Williams. But her "type" was no less attractive, Arena magazine declaring her "the most coquettishly sexy woman on television. Anywhere."
Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek) and Joey Potter (Katie Holmes).Dawson's Creek ran from 1998 to 2003 and Holmes was the only actor to appear in all 128 episodes. "It was very difficult for me to leave Wilmington, to have my little glass bubble burst and move on. I hate change. On the other hand it was refreshing to play someone else," she said in 2004. Holmes confirmed that, as is often the case on soaps, the character is a caricature of the actor:
I miss her spirit, and her spunk, and I miss her anxiety. She always had these long speeches about her fears and her future and love. It was a great tool for me personally because I got to get it all out. I was able to psychoanalyze all of it everyday with her and then I wouldn't have to do it on my own. So much of me is in Joey and it really felt like I grew up on television.
Holmes in 2005 characterized her film career as being a string of "bombs". "Usually I'm not even in the top ten," she said, the highest grossing film of her career being Phone Booth.
Her big break came when she had a role in the movie The Ice Storm (1997) she starred in a part opposite Tobey Maguire. Her first leading role came in Disturbing Behavior (1998), a Stepford Wives-goes-to-high school thriller where she was a loner from the wrong side of the tracks. Holmes won a MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for the role, though Holmes said the film was "just horrible". Next she was a disaffected supermarket clerk in Doug Liman's stylish ensemble piece Go (1999). She had an uncredited cameo with Dawson's Creek co-star Joshua Jackson in Muppets From Space (1999), which was also filmed in Wilmington. Kevin Williamson's disaffection for his own high school days spawned Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), which he wrote and directed. Holmes played a straight-A student whose vindictive teacher (Helen Mirren) threatens to keep her from a desperately needed scholarship.
Katie Holmes on First Daughter DVD coverIn Wonder Boys (2000), the film version of the Michael Chabon novel, she had a small role (six and one-half minutes of screen time) as the tenant—and object of lust—of her English professor, played by Michael Douglas. In The Gift (2000), a Southern Gothic story directed by Sam Raimi and starring Cate Blanchett, she played the antithesis of Joey Potter: a slutty rich girl carrying on with everyone in town, from a white trash wife-beater (Keanu Reeves) to the district attorney (Gary Cole), and who winds up dead for her trouble. Holmes did her first nude scene for the film, baring her breasts in a scene where her character was about to be murdered. Of the scene, she said, "I just hope there aren't a lot of pauses on DVD players." Her appearance deshabille was lamented by Variety's Steven Kloter: "It seems the only time we see a naked woman on screen is when someone like Katie Holmes needs to break with her sanitized WB past and march brazenly into a new future."
In Abandon (2002), written by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan, Holmes was a delusional and homicidal college student named "Katie." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times commended Holmes' performance and the film's intelligence, but other critics and audiences savaged it. Holmes was the mistress of the public relations flack played by Colin Farrell in Phone Booth (2002) and Robert Downey, Jr.'s nurse in The Singing Detective (2003). Her next starring role was in Pieces of April (2003), a gritty comedy about a dysfunctional family on Thanksgiving. Variety said it was "one of her best film perf[ormance]s."
Holmes played the President's daughter in First Daughter, which was originally to be released in January 2004 on the same day as Chasing Liberty, the Mandy Moore film about a presidential daughter, but was ultimately released in September 2004 to dismal reviews and ticket sales. First Daughter, directed by Forest Whitaker, also starred Michael Keaton as Holmes' father and Marc Blucas as her love interest.
In 2005 Holmes played Rachel Dawes, the love interest of the title character in Batman Begins.
Entertainment Weekly reported in its December 17, 2004 issue that Holmes was to play the murdered wife of Spade Cooley in a biopic written and directed by Dennis Quaid, who is to play Cooley. Also forthcoming is an adaptation of Christopher Buckley's satirical novel Thank You For Smoking about a tobacco lobbyist, Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), directed by Jason Reitman.
Holmes met actor Chris Klein in 2000, and they began dating. They were engaged in 2004, but in early 2005 Holmes and Klein broke off their engagement. Press accounts cited the distance imposed by their careers as a factor.
On or about April 11, 2005, Holmes flew to Los Angeles to meet with actor Tom Cruise to discuss a possible role for her in the upcoming film Mission: Impossible III. Sixteen days later, she and Cruise publicly announced their love for one another. Not much is known about where Holmes was or what she was doing during those sixteen days, not even her friends and family. It is known, however, that during this time she fired her manager and agent, both of who had long and loyal business relationships with her; and that she abruptly cut off contact with old friends, such as childhood friend Meghann Birie.
It is also known that during these sixteen days, Holmes acquired her new best friend, a Scientology operative referred to in various reports as either "Jessica Feshbach" or "Jessica Rodriguez", who was reportedly hired by Cruise to keep Katie in line. According to reports, Jessica trails Holmes a quarter-step behind her everywhere she goes. She has been accused of disrupting press conferences and promotional interviews. Holmes has since announced she is converting to Scientology.
It is rumored that Holmes was not Cruise's first choice to be his new girlfriend/Scientology convert. Actress Scarlett Johansson was attached for a short time to Mission: Impossible III, but dropped out of the project after a dinner date with Cruise and a roomful of Scientologists allegedly went awry.
Holmes and Cruise announced their intent to wed after he proposed to her in the early morning of June 17, 2005 atop Paris's Eiffel Tower.