This cute girl with an extraordinary smile gained hollywood populairty by starring as "Josephine Potter" on WB's drama series "Dawson's Creek" since 1998. Katherine Noelle Holmes was born December 18, 1978, in Toledo, Ohio. The youngest of five children -- she has three older sisters and an older brother -- Katie had no intention of becoming an actress while growing up in Toledo. Her mother, Kathy Holmes, enrolled her long-legged daughter into Margaret O'Brien's Modeling School in Toledo, which ultimately led Katie to her present career path. During her summer vacation from Notre Dame Academy (an all-girls Catholic high school), a 17-year old Katie attended a modeling convention in New York City. At the convention, a talent scout from Los Angeles approached Katie and encouraged her to spend the rest of the summer in California auditioning. Katie was off to Hollywood with her mother to try her luck at acting, despite her father's original skepticism.
Luck was definitely on her side, since Katie's feature film debut took no more than one audition. Inexperienced and tinged with a drop of naiveté, she was cast in The Ice Strom, as Tobey Maguire's girlfriend. After filming The Ice Storm, Katie returned to Toledo in order to complete high school. She was apparently offered the role of Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but luckily for Sarah Michelle Gellar, Katie declined in order to graduate high school. With a film credit and a newfound passion, she dedicated her summer to starring in a local theatre production of Damn Yankees. That's when Katie heard a rumor that Kevin Williamson of Scream fame was casting actors for his television teenage drama.
With nothing to lose, Katie sent in her home video audition and hoped for the best. And that's what the Dawson's Creek screenwriter/producer saw when he watched her tape: the best. Fully impressed by what he saw, Williamson immediately invited Katie to come to the West Coast for a callback, but due to her commitment to Damn Yankees, she asked Williamson whether the offer could be postponed to a later date. Obviously worth the wait, he rescheduled so that Katie could attend. Williamson didn't need acting experience credits to convince him that Katie was right for the part of Joey Potter for Dawson's Creek. She was immediately cast as the girl from the wrong side of the creek in the series that was garnering rave reviews even before its premiere.
Viewers have been tuning in to Katie Holmes and the high school drama since 1998, watching the cast of angst-ridden teens (which also includes pouty-lipped Michelle Williams) deal with teenage life. Based on the success of Dawson's Creek and its popularity among teens, Katie was cast in the thriller Disturbing Behavior in 1998. The following summer, Katie could be seen in theatres in two feature films; Go, and as the heroine in Teaching Mrs. Tingle (also directed by Kevin Williamson).
While still roaming the halls of high school in Dawson's Creek, Katie appeared in Wonder Boys, starring Michael Douglas and her Ice Storm co-star, Tobey Maguire. Winner of the 1999 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Female Performance, Katie was also voted one of Teen People Magazine's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21" and Sweden's Expressen Fredag's "Babe of the Year" in 1998. Currently living in Wilmington, NC, where the television series is filmed, Katie is dating actor Chris Klein. She deferred her acceptance to Columbia University until she has more time in her hectic acting schedule. Between Dawson's Creek and a soon-to-be-released movie, The Gift, Katie is surely one busy lady.
Katie Holmes, Chris Klein break off wedding plans
Katie Holmes and Chris Klein have called off their engagement, Us Weekly reports
"They broke off the engagement but are remaining good friends," the magazine quotes a publicist for Holmes in the issue on newsstands Friday.
Leslie Sloane Zelnick, who represents Holmes but wasn't quoted by Us Weekly, confirmed the report Thursday. The couple became engaged in December 2003 after five years of dating.
Holmes, 26, starred in the TV show Dawson's Creek and the movies Wonder Boys and Pieces of April. She co-stars with Christian Bale in this summer's Batman Begins.
Klein, 25, starred in the American Pie films.
Kate Holmes Talks About "First Daughter"
From “Dawson’s Creek” to “The Ice Storm” to the critically acclaimed “Wonder Boys” and “Pieces of April,” Katie Holmes is proving herself to be one of Hollywood’s most dynamic young stars. Now with a starring turn in the romantic comedy “First Daughter,” Holmes gets a chance to show off as the romantic leading lady. Holmes plays the daughter of the U. S. President who hopes to escape into a life of semi-normalcy when she goes away to college. Once enrolled in school, she discovers she really can’t escape from being the daughter of America’s President.
Director Forest Whitaker says he was mesmerized by Holmes’ performance in “Pieces of April” and knew she’d be perfect for the role of a princess trying to escape from her castle. “Katie is a woman, but she can also seem very young. And ‘First Daughter’ is about Samantha’s coming of age. I thought Katie could manage the difficult task of walking those two worlds. She’s also beautiful in a classic way, and I wanted to make a classical type of film,” says Whitaker.
In this interview, Katie Holmes discusses playing a First Daughter, the timing of this romantic comedy, and even discloses a few details on her next big film, “Batman Begins.”
INTERVIEW WITH KATIE HOLMES (‘Samantha’):
Does this part give you sympathy for First Daughters?
Definitely. When I was growing up I always fantasized about, “Oh God, what would it be like to have your dad be the President and he’s so powerful and you get to live in that big house and wear all these big dresses?” I used to always think, you know you read something bad and it’s like, “Why are they acting up? They’re Presidential children,” very judgmental. It was sort of insightful to go through again all of the different clippings from their lives and all of the nasty things written and some good things. You sort of start to appreciate the level of their fame and how much pressure they really are under, and how their lives for a certain amount of time are not their own. They do have to uphold a certain image and how that can be very hard for their souls.
Do you relate to that yourself having gone through “Dawson’s Creek’s” height of fame?
We had such a wonderful set of circumstances in Wilmington. Yes, the four of us became famous literally overnight, but we were in a small town and we always knew when people were coming down. We always knew when to behave. The rest of the time we had a lot of fun and, really, for six years we had a little bubble where we went to work everyday. We weren’t being photographed or anything like that. We could get into fights…act up…and show up in a local coffee shop in nothing but our pjs.
How much input did you have in your role and how the character developed?
I had…you know Forest [Whitaker] and I were in talks for about two months before we started shooting, and I had been looking at different versions of this script close to a year before it came time to start shooting. I did have some input, but I’m not a writer so I kind of just went with it.
Did you see “Chasing Liberty?”
I did not see “Chasing Liberty.” I was aware it was being made and I never read the script either. Maybe I should of, but I felt like I made the decision to make this movie and I really like Forest Whitaker. I just think he’s a very talented director, so I just concentrated on making the best movie we could make with this and I know they did as well. So I didn’t really bother to get caught up in any competition that was sort of created around us.
Did you have input into the color of the costumes?
Yes, I wanted the costumes to be very, very conservative. My first fitting, it was a lot of clothing that looked a lot like what I wore for six years on “Dawson’s Creek.” Jeans and shirts and I thought, “Hmm I don’t think so.” All the pictures that I’ve seen…and even more so I wanted this character to be relatable, but just a bit more classic and her appearance to be a bit not like anybody else. She does dress much older. To me it was important because it was more the royal sense.
What was your favorite gown?
My favorite one was the pink one and I actually got to keep it. Forest decided on that color purple. He had this love affair with purple. Last year I saw him and he had this Us Weekly with him and all these – I forget, I think it was the SAG Awards - and all these famous actresses were in that same color purple. He’s like, “See I was right. I’m ahead of the times.”
How many times did you go down the slide?
Probably 20 [but] it felt like 100. It was fun at first. It was cold, but they had this nice baby pool of hot water that we got to sit in when we were finished, which is great, but then you get out of it and your freezing and you’ve got to go down again.
Kate Holmes On "Batman Begins"
What can you say about your character in “Batman Begins?”
I play Rachel Doss. I work in the DA’s office and I’m Bruce Wayne’s good friend growing up - and that’s all I can say.
Are you doing any stunt work for it or is more of a talkie role?
It’s more of a talkie role. I’m not into stunts. I’m not one of those girls. I like it real easy.
Did Michael Keaton give you any advice on being in a “Batman” movie?
Unfortunately I didn’t even know I was going to be in a “Batman” movie when I worked with Michael. He had shared some of his stories from his experience, but we had no idea that maybe I was going to do the next one.
How many “Batmans” are you signed on for?
It’s sort of more complicated than that question.
They can have me if they want me for two more.
Is this another transition?
I found it to be more challenging to be in a huge effects movie because a lot of the things aren’t there so you have to trust the director and react to noting. With this particular project, the cast was very intimidating and Chris Nolan is amazing, but I was just thrilled to be with these people. You know, I was like I have to do this so right and perfect. I think if I get to be in another maybe I’ll relax a bit.
Was Christian Bale able to help you because he’s done that kind of effects work?
I didn’t tell Christian I was having a problem. It was fine.
Do you see doing something like that as a transition to more adult roles?
I hope that as I get older and mature that I will be able to play more adult-like roles and hopefully it will happen naturally. And doing “Batman” I think will be helpful because it’s a movie that brings a lot of exposure. I was so excited to be a part of something with such history. The experience was awesome. Everyday I was on set I was e-mailing my friends, “I just rode in the Batmobile, what are you doing?” It was so cool. I saw the mobile take off and go down the street and I was like, “Okay, I get it. I get why guys love cars. I am in love right now and all I want is that car.”
Have you been reading the comics?
Is your character in the comics?
Speaking of more adult-type roles, do you think one day you’ll be Kate Holmes instead of Katie Holmes?
Was now the right time to do "First Daughter," a romantic comedy?
It came at a time [when] I just finished “Dawson’s Creek.” It was a movie I felt like sort of catered to the audience of “Dawson’s Creek.” I thought, “Well, that could be a good idea.” I also just loved Forest. I don’t know. I liked the idea of a fairy tale movie. I’m kind of a sucker for that. I love doing darker things and edgier things, but sometimes it’s kind of nice to go to the movies and just sort of be happy and escape.
Would you get back into TV if the right thing came along?
I definitely would. Not right away just because I’m still sort of getting over the grind and the time it really takes and what it takes out of you to do a television show. I had the greatest time doing it, but I got out of it thinking what do I like to do? I don’t remember. I haven’t done any hobbies for six years.
Katie Holmes: Freshman Disorientation
In "First Daughter," Samantha Mackenzie (Katie Holmes) just wants what a lot of high school grads want — to go away to college and start her own life. But when your dad is the president, it's hard to avoid the media's prying eyes and even harder to find true love. Luckily, Holmes managed to ditch her Secret Service detail long enough to answer a few questions from MTV News' Kelly Marino.
MTV: Your character seems to take a lot of risks in this movie. Is that something you can relate to in your own life? Are you a risk taker?
Katie Holmes: Definitely. I think part of being in this business is you have to be one who takes risks. When you're signing on to different projects, you never know really what you're getting into, and you just have to sort of close your eyes and jump and make the best of it and hope for the best. Sam is definitely a risk taker to not only go to college, but go to college 3,000 miles away from her parents and try really hard to immerse herself in this different world and really present herself as a normal person and not walk around like she's any more important, and that's a huge risk. I mean, that's sort of taking down all of your defenses.
MTV: In the movie, it's hard for your character to find people who are real with her because she's the president's daughter. As a celebrity, is it hard for you to find people who are real with you?
Holmes: Well, I surround myself with my really good, good friends that I've known for a long time and my family, and I'm not quick to really let too many people into my life. And part of that is just because I travel a lot. I'm never really in any one place [for very long], but I think as you get older, you become a bit wiser and your instincts sort of take over. Unfortunately, Sam is at such a young age and so innocent and naive and used to just being around people that are protecting her, so she really has no filter system and no way of realizing that people may be taking advantage of her.
MTV: Did you have to do any research for the part?
Holmes: I studied as much material as they have on the daughters, and I watched a lot of tapes of inside the White House and different tours and things. Talked to Secret Service men who couldn't really tell you much. [She laughs.] They could tell you a little bit, but it's fun to try and get them to slip. That's about all.
MTV: So they didn't have any interesting stories to tell you?
Holmes: No, nothing. They couldn't even tell me how many men were on Chelsea [Clinton]'s detail at Stanford.
MTV: So were you able to gain any insight into what goes on in, say, the lives of the Bush twins or the Kerry sisters? Do you feel like you have a better understanding?
Holmes: Well, I guess what I realized playing this part is that, you know, as an actor or musician or that kind of celebrity, you can to a certain extent control the amount that you put out there — the amount of publicity — and you can sort of stay away from the public's eye. But for a president's daughter in college, it's like, what are you gonna do? How do you have friends and enjoy a college experience when you have paparazzi everywhere and people talking. There's just so much pressure.
MTV: There's a lot of emphasis on getting young people to vote this year. What do you think of that?
Holmes: Well, I just think in general it's so important to just be aware and knowledgeable about what is happening in the world and in politics and how things are being affected, and to realize that you can make a difference and your vote does matter and to not just sit back and not vote. I don't think [that's] very respectable; it's our country and we should have pride.
MTV: Moving away from politics, what can you tell us about your next movie, "Batman Begins"?
Holmes: It's coming out in the summertime, and I can't really tell you too much about the story, but I think Christian Bale makes an amazing Batman.
MTV: In "First Daughter," you worked with Michael Keaton, who played Batman in Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" movie. Did he give you any pointers for "Batman Begins"?
Holmes: Well, I didn't even know I was going to be auditioning for "Batman" when I worked with Michael Keaton. I mean, he told me some stories, you know, just in general, about his experience, but it was like, "That's so wild." I can't believe I'm in this movie.
Katie Holmes grounded
KATIE Holmes is used to being in the celebrity spotlight.
And so, when she plays President Michael Keaton's only child in First Daughter, she already has an understanding of what her character is going through. She has to cope with Secret Service men guarding her college dorm room, reporters chasing her around campus and students more interested in her title than who she is.
"Being in the public eye can be isolating," Holmes says. "It's hard to make friends easily. That's why I'm always on the phone with my family, trying not to think about my image.
"Part of being the youngest (of four) is that I was born with the courage to stand out because everyone else had done it already," she says. "I had to find something different."
Holmes' image is squeaky clean, though she protests that it's not wholly accurate. She grew up in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of a lawyer and a homemaker, snagged her first movie, The Ice Storm, while still in high school, and then landed on Dawson's Creek.
As Joey Potter, the lovelorn tomboy and best friend of James Van Der Beek's Dawson Leery, Holmes spent six years in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the show was shot. Their very teenage relationship formed the emotional hook of the popular series.
"It was very difficult for me to leave Wilmington, to have my little glass bubble burst and move on," she says. "I hate change. On the other hand, it was refreshing to play someone else."
That someone else is the president's daughter -- poised and awkward, obedient and defiant, gullible and wise.
"Kate is still accessible to young girls, but she's truly a woman," says her First Daughter director, Forest Whitaker. "She's someone people care about and want to follow. She's not afraid to make fun of herself, and she has good comic timing."
The movie gives Holmes a chance to play an American princess, complete with beautiful dresses, ballroom dancing and happy endings. But it's also a topical story, she says. "With all the attention on Chelsea Clinton and the Bush girls, it's a great background for the coming of age of a young girl," she says "But this is much more of a girl's journey toward independence than First Daughter Goes to College."
Holmes, who got engaged to actor Chris Klein last Christmas, already has taken that journey.
"I didn't have the experience of going to college," she says. "But for six years on Dawson's Creek, I was in a high-pressure situation by myself, without having family around. That caused me to be less dependent on others."
Holmes soon decided to be the good girl.
"Fame came so quickly to the four of us (Dawson's Creek colleagues Michelle Williams, Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson)," she says. "At first, we all resisted the idea of being role models, but young people watched us and looked up to us."
Holmes says there could be a Dawson's Creek reunion movie some day, but she would like to go to her high school's 10-year reunion first. "I'm aware that some people may still be watching," she says, "but I just try to be a happy person. Fame doesn't really change you. It brings out who you are."
Holmes plays a good girl again in the upcoming prequel Batman Begins, opposite Christian Bale. "My character works in the District Attorney's office and was Bruce Wayne's good friend growing up," she says.
Holmes won't say whether she has a wedding date set.
The longer the delay, she knows, the more room for speculation. But her other priority, having moved to Los Angeles, is staying grounded.
"Fame and adoration can be addicting," she says. "I like people to like me, so I have to really watch that. I call my mom a lot."
Katie Holmes takes on new role screen with 'Abandon'
Katie Holmes is much taller than you would expect walking into the hotel room where the shy 23-year old Dawson's Creek star is talking up her first starring role in a film. Her neatly brushed brown hair matches her tanned face, is tired after having done press to promote Abandon, a psychological thriller from first-time director Stephen Gaghan, the Oscar-winning writer of Traffic. It's not easy being a star and Holmes never set out to attain that goal. But the surprise success of Dawson's Creek elevated her profile, and Katie became a reluctant star. Katie says that she has learned to deal with the celebrityism of her career. "I think my family probably deals with it more than I do. I don't really pay that much attention to it. Fortunately we've been shooting in North Carolina which means we're not in LA where you can hear people talking about you and you KNOW so much about what's going on in the business. In North Carolina nobody bothers us; we're all about concentrating on the work or our auditions that we're trying to get a flight out for. So all that crap is not something that I'm confronted with on a daily basis." Though she does concede that "it's fun to see your picture in a magazine and fun to go to the movies and see your poster up but it's not like every day somebody comes up and takes my photo or asks for my autograph." It is her family who keeps her grounded, says Holmes and while her private life is often the subject of teen and gossip mags, she says that she doesn't care what people write about her nor does she read everything written about her. "I do read some stuff but my mum's friends tend to look for everything that's written about me and send them to her," she adds, laughingly.
Though not officially announced, this is expected to be the final season for Dawson's. In an earlier interview, series star James van der Beek was clearly relishing then show's demise. Holmes thinks that "he'll miss me more than he lets on", and then laughs slightly. As to the actress's own thoughts, Katie has mixed feelings. "It'll be bittersweet when the show wraps up. I mean it's been a wonderful experience but I think it's exhausted itself to a degree, but people are still watching and still care about these characters. I think there are still a lot of stories that can be told at college and I certainly love the characters on our show. But it's definitely going to be hard if it ends," Holmes says. While van der Beek hopes the show's ending will be perfect for its fans, Holmes laughingly says that "I want it to end MY way" but has no idea what that way will be. "It's a big question but I'm not good at predicting that kind of stuff."
It was inevitable, as that show's most popular cast member, that she would land a film role more substantial than recent supporting roles in The Gift and the upcoming Phone Booth. In Abandon, Holmes plays Katie Burke, an overachieving, popular college senior who is haunted by the mysterious disappearance two years earlier of her first love, an arrogant, rich and brilliant senior (Charlie Hunnam). As she prepares to graduate, the case is reopened by a detective (Benjamin Bratt) who is haunted by a traffic fatality caused by his alcoholism. Recovering and returning to work from a leave of absence, he finds himself drawn to Katie, who is shocked to see her missing beau suddenly back on campus. ``I read this and thought, `I loved that world of college students,' '' she said. ``Being in your early 20s is an exciting, scary, wonderful, crazy time and I liked the character of Katie Burke. She's complicated, is someone that all of the guys want to ask out and she's smart and popular. You also see she's human with problems and is scared and lonely and heartbroken like all of us who is an all-achiever and a Type-A personality yet she's flawed like everyone. She doesn't realize she is like everyone and it's OK and she can show that. That's exciting to play: someone who goes through so many emotions," explains Holmes. She also concedes that it was important for her to find a character to play who was different from Joey Potter in Dawson's Creek. "I've always looked for parts that were different from her, parts that would be very challenging, and this was a very challenging role to play, "she adds. Describing the scenario her character goes through, as "a complicated situation and she was a complicated character." Despite the success of her series, Holmes "feels blessed that I've been able to do many different projects that were different from Dawson's Creek." She says the added challenge of this latest character was the idea of playing someone "who is under so much stress. You meet her and she's at a point in her life where she has to decide what she wants to do, get that job, finish school and grow up, all in one movie, so she was going through a lot of emotional trauma, which as an actress, was challenging to portray." Holmes says it wasn't difficult to identify with this young woman. "Everybody can relate to the kinds of pressure she was under in this movie. I tried very hard to understand her more than relate to her, because she's an extreme personality who can't really deal with things in her life, and I think at times a lot of people have difficulty dealing with certain situations, but she's someone who is just on a whole different level. So what was challenging for me was trying to figure out where that comes from and find ways within myself that I could understand."
Born Kate Noelle Holmes on December 18, 1978 in Ohio, Holmes grew up as part of a close-knit family in Toledo and first acted in high-school productions. She wanted to act, she recalls, "Because I just like playing different people and dressing up." Participation in a national model and talent convention landed her a trip to Los Angeles when she was 16, and it was there that Holmes auditioned for a role in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm. The film, which was released in 1997, won critical acclaim, and Holmes' role as the object of Tobey Maguire's affections caught the attention of Kevin Williamson. Williamson, known for his screenplays for such movies as Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was casting roles for his new TV series, Dawson's Creek. Holmes was asked to audition, and did so via videotape. She won the part of Joey Potter, and the series, which premiered in January of 1998, met with a positive reception from both critics and television viewers. Soon the series' young stars were in hot demand, with Holmes in particular receiving attention for her work in the series. As she looks back at the show, she recalls its first year and what it meant to a group of then young unknowns. ``What was amazing about that first season and what people loved about it, it captured four people (stars Van Der Beek, Holmes, Michelle Williams and Joshua Jackson) and it was true, in a sense. I particularly loved the first and second seasons; there was so much possibility and we had no idea (what was going to happen) and were having the best time. (I look back) and I see four people having an exciting time and the second season was, `They've no idea what to do with their lives and got excited.' ''Then what? ``Then we all got old,'' Holmes said.
For the now grown up Holmes, there is life after Dawson's Creek, insisting that she will continue to look for movies, and avoid another TV series for the moment. "I think I want to pursue a movie career and maybe even pursue some theatre." But never say never is her motto. "Obviously if there's a really great show that comes along, I'll try out for that too and keep my options open for sure."