Joey Potter on "Dawson's Creek"
Exuding a preternatural maturity both on and off the
screen, Katie Holmes is a captivating newcomer to the
acting business, landing major roles both in film and on
television with just a handful of
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio,
Holmes started acting in theater
productions in high school, but didn't
think she had a shot at stardom living
in the Midwest. Fate intervened when
she was attending a national modeling
and talent convention in New York
City, and she met a talent manager who encouraged her
to come to Los Angeles for television's pilot season.
On her very first professional audition, Holmes dazzled
the casting director for the acclaimed feature film "The Ice
Storm." Directed by Ang Lee ("Sense and Sensibility"), the
Fox Searchlight release won the screenplay award at the
Cannes Film Festival and starred Kevin Kline, Sigourney
Weaver, Elijah Wood and Joan Allen. The slice-of-life art
house film about the sexual revolution of the 1970s
featured Holmes as the love interest of Toby Maguire.
When the next pilot season came up during her senior
year of high school, Holmes opted to skip coming out to
Los Angeles to perform in her school's production of
"Damn Yankees" as Lola. For the "Dawson's Creek"
audition, she sent in a videotape from Toledo, and when
the call back conflicted with her play's opening night, she
declined rather than let down her classmates. Fortunately,
the producers were able to reschedule her audition and
she landed the series regular role of Joey Potter.
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