Katie Holmes covers the April 2023 issue of GLAMOUR Magazine photographed by Christine Hahn.
On directing a scene in her new film, Rare Objects, depicting sexual violence, as a woman: What was most important to me was what it did to [Benita] in the aftermath. To me, unfortunately, [sexual assault] is an understood secret amongst women, so we don’t have to share too much to know what we’re talking about. And I also felt like that. Julia [Mayorga] was so incredible in that scene, and that was really a difficult one to shoot because I just needed her face. I kept telling both of the actors, “It’s your faces.” And so they had to really go there. Everybody was pretty shaken up after.
On coming of age while filming Dawson’s Creek 25 years ago: I was just 18 when we started, and I really appreciated the writing because I felt like, as a teenager, I had so many different feelings, trying to go from being a girl to a woman. And I felt like [creator Kevin Williamson] had this way of putting words to those feelings. So for me, playing that role, I was like, Oh, that’s what that means. Oh, I get that. I loved doing it. It was a really fun, profound experience.
On the continued cultural relevance of Dawson’s Creek: In some ways, yes. Some ways, no. We had our big episode where Jack comes out and I’m so glad we had that episode, and I’m so sad that that is what was happening for people. And I’m so glad that it’s not happening, hopefully, to that extent in today’s world. But I think it [was also] just this combination of Wilmington, North Carolina—so beautiful. There was that sense of innocence. Kevin wrote the simplicity of teen emotions really well.
On not being boxed into playing the same character over and over: I didn’t want to be the sexy young thing. I am not sexy. I used to have a friend of mine come to all my photo shoots to make sure that they didn’t try to make me that way.
On the role that never was: The  movie 40 Days and 40 Nights. Originally, there was a read-through, and it was going to be me and Ashton Kutcher and [American Pie star and Holmes’s The Wanderers costar] Eddie Kaye Thomas. And I didn’t know this, Eddie just told me, but he had gotten into a fender bender on the way to the table read and the reading just didn’t go well. There were executives and all that, and you could just feel it. I remember leaving going, “Oh my God, what just happened?” It wasn’t meant to be. They ended up making it with another cast.
On working with her teenage daughter: I hope she always does something on my films. I always ask her. But both of those experiences came out of the same sense of what I love about our industry, which is, you have these projects and you become a family with people. And it’s this safe, beautiful, creative space. So it comes out of love for me to include someone who I love dearly. That’s how I like to work. I like to have that kind of feeling. It was very meaningful to me to have her there, because she’s my heart.
On what’s next for her career: Well, I’m putting together two films right now. One is a smaller one that Alan Cumming and I wrote together, and it’ll be the two of us. And then another project that I’ll just direct and we’re figuring out casting. I’m always trying to find stories. It’s so exciting to have a voice as a woman and put our perspective out there. You reach a certain age and you’re like, I think this is interesting. I finally have the confidence to be like, “No, I think I’m going to say this. I think I’m going to do this.”
[Photo Credit: Christine Hahn/Glamour Magazine]
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