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Katie Holmes Doesn't Blame Tom Cruise for Her Acting 'Dry Spell'

Katie Holmes Doesn't Blame Tom Cruise for Her Acting 'Dry Spell'

Katie Holmes relaxes on an armchair for the cover of DuJour magazine‘s Fall 2014 issue.

Here is what the 35-year-old The Giver actress had to share with the mag:

On her marriage not being the cause of her acting dry spell: “It’s the life of an actor. We don’t really have a lot of choice in the matter. You have dry spells, and then you have times when there is a lot of opportunity.”

On not letting fame go to her head: “Even early on, when I was a young actor and all of a sudden people knew who I was, my dad told me, ‘Don’t let that change how you live your life.’ I’ve always sort of approached it that way. You have to continue to do the things you want to do and not let outside forces dictate.”

On being a working mom: “I totally admire women who go back to work six weeks after giving birth 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.”

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  • Pink

    It’s not just Jared posters who say she can’t act. The DM article on the same thing pretty much makes that clear.

  • gwen

    ”’I was a very nervous mother — like, sleeping next to her crib — and I was in that mode for a long time.””’

    Yeah we know Katie what type of OVERINDULGENT mother you are. You JUST stop carrying Suri in your arms like an infant, and she is 8 years old.

  • Melissa

    No kidding.
    The girl might be walking on her own now so it’s not as obvious but I am sure she is still spoiled to the core.

  • Missy

    She looks gorgeous! I love how she just gets on with her life no matter how hard people try to bring her down. She doesn’t play the victim. She’s a total class act.

  • bonita
  • Cate

    Let’s be real. She can’t act, her weird acting tics are not cute on a grown ass woman like they were back in Dawson’s Creek days and she has no charisma. If not for the relationship with Cruise she would have faded into oblivion and would be playing some wife role in a sitcom to a fat comedian long ago.

  • Katie’s Herpes

    That is some serious photoshop.
    Google Katie Holmes Herpes for a dose of reality.

  • free at last

    What happened to the photoshop people? she looks old.

  • sari

    Her dry spell is due more to her acting range and the string of movies that haven’t made any money at all.

  • Alaia

    Her career was going pretty well until she met Tom Cruise. But it’s hard to say whether that was Cruise’s fault or hers, though. When Cruise was with Nicole Kidman, her career was going fine. They even starred in a film together.

    I think the problem was probably that she was so committed and dedicated to becoming Mrs. Cruise the housewife that her career stalled.

  • Danelle

    What acting dry spell? Days and Nights (Seagull) was made in the Spring of 2012. Dead Accounts ran from Nov 12 – Jan 13 on Broadway. Mania Days filmed in the Spring/Summer 2013 and Miss Meadows, her Oscar worthy performance according to Harvey Weinstein, was made in the Summer 2013. The Giver was in production from Oct 2013 until Feb 2014 and the Woman in Gold started filming these past May and lets not forget her failed TV show.

    Why would Katie blame Cruise for her non-existing “acting dry spell”.

    She hasn’t had an acting dry spell, unless she means non-commercially successful wide release film? – She can’t act.

    No range, no believability and no connection with audiences.

    This was a non-question; just an opportunity for her to throw out an excuse on why she hasn’t had any ‘breakout’ performances since her divorce or the academy attention that Nicole Kidman got for the roles immediately after (ex: Moulin Rouge during) her divorce.

  • Bianca

    Was she in any movies as a star besides Batman that was a hit?
    I don’t think it stalled because she worked a lot during that time but made really dumb choices.

  • Sun

    good actress never have dry spell. period.

  • Bianca


    I would bet you are right on her making the comment as an excuse. There is a real strong campaign for her with her and pr team now to get her out there again.
    None of it will work though if she doesn’t connect with the audience.

  • Danelle

    Also, she did 6 films, a broadway play, tv mini series and guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother. Her Tom years doesn’t sound like a dry spell either.

    Again, unless she means “commercial success”, that is a different story and question.

  • Nathan

    I love this photo-shoot. very sexy pictures of Katie.

    And Katie’s comment about how she’s gonna live her live the way she wants to and not let outside forces dictate. That’s awesome Katie is cool as hell.

  • Nolan

    she is talented, loved Pieces of April and.Go. enjoyed the interview, eloquent, down to earth and simply nice. stunning pics.

  • Jess

    Yeah, know what you mean Nathan, She is a real rebel living her life on her terms. You know the way she walks back and forth to starbucks and maybe go to a few shops here and there. She is really living life on the edge on her own terms. ROFL. She is a bore. A snooze. She takes acting work anyway she can get it these days.
    All these magazine quotes are always 100 percent straight up bullshi$.

  • sara

    @Nathan: Well Nathan, it is nice she has supportive fans like yourself.

  • Buckeye

    I could so see her in a movie of Christine (a novel by Stephen King). If you get a chance; you tube 2 Black Cadilacs by Carrie Underwood .

  • annie

    She’s great, love the photoshoot, because it’s not perfect, the poses are meant not to be perfect. She’s working and living her life how she wants, find her very real. Love what she said about being a nervous first time mother, can relate so badly to that comment.

  • Caryn

    She had a dry spell because she chose to stay home with Suri. Plus she can’t act vase The Giver and she is definitely the weakest actor in it. Even Swifts three minutes was better.

  • annie

    whatever you say Caryn or the other dozen or so names you use.

  • Caryn

    @annie: Annie whenever anyone disagrees with your view you accuse them of using a ton of other names. Go look at DM, DListed and other blogs where you have to register and you’ll see there are many expressing the same viewpoint. And believe it or not I don’t have time to create dozens of email addys and names just to state I think Katie is a piss poor actress. Which she is.

  • http://comcast Ashley

    For some reason Katie cannot even look sexy in those positions. Toms other ex Nicole sure could. I a am happy Katie got out of that marriage when she did. Suri will thank her someday.

  • Ice Ice Baby

    Katie is so boring she didn’t even accept her ice bucket challenge. Maybe she can’t afford to donate these days. Surely Suri would loan her the money.

  • Cult of scientology

    Her Cankles alone are bigger than lil gay Tommy Cruise.

  • popeye

    Yehey!!! The Giver will be shown in my country next week. I will watch,of course. I’m supporting you, Katie, all the way!

  • Celeb Dirty Laundry

    That was pretty much the verdict yesterday when this article came out like USWeekly and DM.
    Here is a link to celeb dirty laundry

  • American

    You never knew how she raised her child, #2 and #3

  • Nathan

    So now it looks like Victoria Beckham nominated Katie Holmes for the ALS Ice Bucket challenge.

  • Bell’s

    Does Katie really have Bell’s Palsy or is it an assumption?
    I ask because it might be a reason she did not accept the challenge from Rita. Not sure if she already has it would this make it worse.
    One Story on the Net:
    “I got it from jumping into extremely cold water in December, many years ago. A nerve on one side of my face was affected by the cold, and I got afflicted by what was diagnosed as Bell’s Palsy.

    Symptoms took a few days to turn up. Funny feeling while smiling, couldn’t blink one eye, one side of the face couldn’t emote, slight pain in neck/upper back. When I called up my family doc and told her of my symptoms, she told me over the phone that I’ve probably got Bell’s Palsy and need to rush to the hospital right away. There the diagnosis was confirmed.”

  • Bell’s

    Might be related to the cold sores too.
    “Bell’s palsy is a form of temporary facial paralysis resulting from damage or trauma to one of the two facial nerves. It is the most common cause of facial paralysis. Generally, Bell’s palsy affects only one of the paired facial nerves and one side of the face; however, in rare cases, it can affect both sides. Symptoms of Bell’s palsy usually begin suddenly and reach their peak within 48 hours. Symptoms range in severity from mild weakness to total paralysis and may include twitching, weakness, or paralysis, drooping eyelid or corner of the mouth, drooling, dry eye or mouth, impairment of taste, and excessive tearing in the eye. Bell’s palsy often causes significant facial distortion. Most scientists believe that a viral infection such as viral meningitis or the common cold sore virus—herpes simplex—causes the disorder when the facial nerve swells and becomes inflamed in reaction to the infection.”

  • Meg

    Not Bell’s Palsy. When she smiles, both sides of the face are symmetrical.

  • Meg

    More Gossip! It’s not Bell’s Palsy; When she smiles, both sides are symmetrical. This is a Good thing; bad or good, she has our attention. ” Seize The Moment”. Don’t waste it. Love to see her in a movie where she sings like Reese with Ring of Fire Guy. Until I saw that movie, I thought it meant diarrhea:@

  • Tina

    Tmz is reporting she bought a house in Cali.
    It’s TMZ so just like the last rumor of her buying another place in NYC no way to know if it’s true until she moves or not.
    If so, I would think she is trying to go back to TV.
    They are saying she wants to raise Suri there but that is bull.
    That neighborhood of the supposed house is a guarantee Suri will end up a typical Hollywood kid. The Kardashians live there.
    Between NY and Cali, NY Is the better place for celeb kids.

  • @Tina

    I think she moved to NYC for one reason–to get a divorce on her terms. She stayed for a couple of years to make it seem like she loved NYC and to check out the lay of the land vis-a-vis Tom and now is moving back. She knows and knew perfectly well that LA is the place to be if you want access to the movers and shakers in the film industry and access to many films and other media opportunities. It isn’t like she is a Meryl Streep or Cate Blanchett where producers, casting agents and directors come begging for her to star in their movies.

  • Just a Comment

    #36 – IF its true that Katie bought a home in Calabasas she will also be in the neighborhood of Denise Richards, the Kardashians, Maria Menounous, Richie Sambora, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, etc. there are some celebs in Calabasas, but generally not the super rich celebs who prefer places like Malibu, Pacific Palisades, etc. IF its true to bought a home in Calabasas, she will be closer to Warner Brothers Studios and Sony Pictures Studios and of course Tom Cruise’s Beverly Hills mansion and Scientology’s Celebrity Centre.

  • Just a Comment

    IF this rumour of her buying a home in Calabasas is true, it might explain the recent quick trips to Los Angeles where she was seen at LAX. I think Katie knows she is at a pivotal point in her life: speaking career and financially. She was smart to listen and NOT buy that apt in New York for $6 million in the Althrop building on the Upper West Side (source: New York Post) but IF the rumor is true of Katie moving to Calabasas I think its primarily a career move. For an actress who’s still trying to break out in Hollywood its better to be closer to Los Angeles than New York. Especially when you have an 8 year old daughter. You can’t keep pulling her out of school when you have to travel for work. And like someone said above, “LA is the place to be if you want access to the movers and shakers in the film industry and access to many films and other media opportunities” Halle Berry is starring in a television show Extrant and is a mom to two young children. The television show works perfect for her at this season in her life.

  • #37

    I think you are mostly right that she used moving as an excuse to get away but I do think she really likes it better as place to live. I think the move is for her attempt at improving her career so we will see how that goes.
    Not a great move for the child though imo.

  • Tick Tick Tick

    She has two hrs to meet her challenge from VB
    Will she or won’t she?

  • Just a Comment

    New York served the purpose for her divorce and its confidentiality terms and it was a short flight to Toledo, Ohio to visit her family. I agree she seemed to like living in NY and Suri was able to go to a good school Avenues. And as far as photoshoots, a lot of Katie’s infomercials for Bobbie Brown, Alterna, etc., plus the Broadway play Dead Accounts were in New York. A lot of the talk shows she’s recently appeared on were in New York (the Today show, Tonight with Jimmy Fallon who’s now in New York, The View, Rachel Ray, CBS Morning, Sirius Radio, etc.,) these are all in New York. But the major movie studios are out in Los Angeles, California.

  • Anne

    Not like the bent leg on the cover. It was weird. Katie is beautiful. I think if she bought a house in LAX, there will be no excuses to TOM not be photographed with Suri.
      Katie and Tom val get together again. It would be lovely to see them together . Go back to the mansion TOM, Katie and xpulse his parents there.

    kisses Annie.

  • TippyToes

    Buzzfeed recently did a thing about Dawson’s Creek cast members then and now. Everybody had A short synopsis of what they have done since the show. The only thing they wrote about Katie was that she went in to marry Tom Cruise, and now she is not married to him. Lol

  • Tick Tick Tick

    She missed the deadline and didn’t accept twice.
    Party pooper?

  • Just a Comment

    Looks like the New York Post is also saying that Katie did buy a home in Calabasas. Their source is TMZ:

  • Missy

    If she is moving back to CA, it could be because of the privacy laws that were recently passed there. Plus living in a gated community will also give her and Suri more privacy. Why would anyone doubt that she loves nyc? She was living there before she met Tom.

  • annie

    And Suri acquired a little pooch named Maple . Picked it up from the animal shelter , or so they say.

  • Just a Comment

    According to Variety, Katie Holmes has purchased a home in Calabasas. Looks like TMZ was right. Looks like Just Jared is last to report this news on Katie.

  • Danelle

    I agree with the point that Lainey makes about Michelle Williams – “By the way, Michelle Williams lives in Brooklyn where she’s raising her own daughter.”

    Michelle stays busy, no ‘dry spells’, and usually gets good to rave reviews for her performances, with SAG, GG, and Oscar nominations as far back as 2003.

    I guess 2 yrs post divorce the ex-Mrs Cruise is finding that she will have to work harder on getting those roles that will put her in the same league as Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, and Jessica Chastain.

    Indies are well and good, but to have the Nicole Kidman level of recognition that she wants, Katie is 2 yrs past due. She has to get those acting award noms to give her cred she so desires.