Meet the New Katie Holmes

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She looks the same as ever, but the Katie Holmes of yore is long gone.

Now that this is a bad thing, says the actress in the new Marie Claire.

"I'm excited to begin a new phase in life," the 32-year-old actress says. "Roles I may have been afraid to play before, places I want to travel to with my daughter. I'd like to build a design business. But not too fast.

Katie Holmes Marie Claire Cover

When she's not playing a slutty pumpkin on How I Met Your Mother, Holmes is first and foremost a mom to adorable five-year-old daughter, Suri Cruise.

Holmes, who recently hit the big screen in the thriller Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, says she better understands certain roles thanks to being a mom.

"You will do anything for that person, and you have strength you didn't know that you had, which is what I like about my character," she said. "So I think that being a mom definitely gave me much more insight to this character."

Follow the link to read Holmes' full interview in Marie Claire.

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Katie Holmes Biography

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Yes, that's actually Katie Holmes. KMart style! The former Dawson's Creek star is the current fashion disaster / brainwashed zombie wife... More »
Toledo, Ohio
Full Name
Kate Noelle Holmes

Katie Holmes Quotes

"Becoming a mother has been the most amazing experience—in an instant you become strong. You have to be a little bit wiser; it's the most important job you have in the world."

Katie Holmes [on being a mom]

"As a woman, you make the transition from being singe to [being] a partner. I have a teammate."

Katie Holmes [on married life]