Not everyone thought she was going to be a world-famous actress. In fact, her father wanted her to become a doctor. With the promise she showed in school, it is no wonder why he wanted her to pursue medicine.
She had the grades and potential to excel in the field, but it wasn’t what she wanted to do. While we don’t have Dr. Holmes saving lives today, life still turned out pretty great for her, as she got to follow her dreams.
Katie Has Midwestern Roots
Katie Holmes is midwestern at heart! She was born in Toledo, Ohio, and regularly goes back to visit her family, who still lives there.
Toledo is where she spent most of her childhood. It's where she was baptized, where she went to school, where she starred in high school plays, and where she got to dip her toes in the turbulent water of show business.
She Is a Smarty Pants
While Katie has made a name for herself in acting, she had a promising academic career before then. She was a 4.0 student at the all-female academy she attended in Toledo and was even accepted into Columbia University after high school.
She only stayed a summer session at Columbia before moving to LA to pursue acting full-time. While she didn’t pursue academics, it is there if she ever wanted to go back to school.
Before appearing in movies, Katie began acting on stage for school plays. Specifically, it was at a neighboring all-male high school, where she appeared in the school musicals “Hello, Dolly” and “Damn Yankees.”
It’s crazy to think that back then, the audience had no idea that the young woman who played a waitress and Lola (respectively) would go on to be the famous Katie Holmes. Makes us want to go back and look at our yearbooks to see who we knew before they were famous.
An Icy Start to Her Career
Katie’s big break was in the film “The Ice Storm,” where she played Libbets Casey. She acted alongside Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. That movie was loaded with talent and also starred future Spiderman (Tobey Maguire) and Frodo himself (Elijah Wood).
The movie went on to become critically acclaimed. Who knows where in the world she would be if she never sent in that audition tape?