Katie Holmes: Acting “Dry Spells” Had Nothing To Do With Tom Cruise
Katie Holmes is dispelling the notion she’s now trying “reclaim her career,” following her divorce from Tom Cruise.
The Giver actress, who has several movies in the works, does not believe her high-profile marriage to Cruise contributed in any way to having fewer acting jobs, noting in fall issue of DuJour, “It’s the life of an actor.”
“We don’t really have a lot of choice in the matter,” she tells the magazine. “You have dry spells, and then you have times when there is a lot of opportunity.”
Although Holmes admits she wasn’t as interested in acting during her married years, she says it was because of the arrival of her daughter, Suri. “I totally admire women who go back to work six weeks after giving birth,” she explains, “but when she was little, I was not ready. I was a very nervous mother — like, sleeping next to her crib — and I was in that mode for a long time.”
The Miss Meadows star admits she is a more confident actress now that she is older. “I think I’ve gotten more comfortable with acting over time,” she says. “Early on, I could never get out of my head. I’d be thinking, ‘I have to get the job.’ And even when I had the job, I was afraid that I was going to get fired, or I just had the mentality of, ‘I need to be good enough.’”
Holmes adds, “The more projects you do, the older you get, the more life experience you get, you start to understand storytelling better. So you’re a little bit more confident going in. You’re not afraid of getting fired: You just want to contribute.”