Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Katie Holmes acted in high school theater productions before meeting a manager who encouraged her to go to LA for television's pilot season. She won a part in the acclaimed feature film The Ice Storm (1997) in her very first audition, but she didn't stop there. A videotape was sent to "Dawson's Creek" (1998), a new production by the acclaimed writer Kevin Williamson (Scream (1996), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)), which landed her the series regular role of Joey Potter.
Holmes received increased scrutiny into her personal life after she began a highly publicized relationship with actor Tom Cruise in 2005. She became engaged to Cruise two months after they met, and gave birth to their baby girl, Suri, in April 2006. That same year, the pair got married in an Italian castle. In June 2012, after five years of marriage, Cruise and Holmes announced that they would be divorcing.
During filming of the first season of Dawson's Creek, Holmes and her Dawson's Creek costar Joshua Jackson, who plays Pacey Witter, have a brief romance. She considers Jackson her "first love." "It was something so incredible and indescribable that I will treasure it always," she tells Rolling Stone.