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Katie Holmes reveals she almost quit acting aged 17 when work dried up after her first film role

‘I wasn’t really getting anything’: Katie Holmes reveals she almost quit acting aged 17 when work dried up after her first film role in The Ice Storm

Katie Holmes almost quit acting at the age of 17 when work dried up after her first film role. 

The actress, 44,  landed her first gig acting in Ang Lee’s 1997 film The Ice Storm but after wrapping she struggled to land any more jobs – and feared her career was over after just one movie.

Speaking during an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, she explained: ‘Well, I was 17, and I remember we came to New York, my mom and I, and we shot it, and I thought, “Oh, this is what I want to do”. Great.

Perseverance pays off: Katie Holmes almost quit acting at the age of 17 when work dried up after her first film role 

‘And then I went home, and I was putting myself on tape for different auditions, and I wasn’t really getting anything and I thought, “Oh, well, that might be it. You know. That might be all there is”.

‘But it was okay, ’cause I was like, “You know what, that’s okay. Like, that was an amazing experience.  And I can, like, tell my grandkids and I’ll be fine”.’

Host Jimmy then asked: ‘You were happy with that?’ 

Katie replied: ‘Well, I mean, I wanted more jobs, but I was like, “Don’t be, you know, greedy”.’ 

First film role: The actress, 44, landed her first gig acting in Ang Lee's 1997 film The Ice Storm (pictured) but after wrapping she struggled to land any more jobs

First film role: The actress, 44, landed her first gig acting in Ang Lee’s 1997 film The Ice Storm (pictured) but after wrapping she struggled to land any more jobs

Breakthrough role: The actress did not give up and landed the role of Joey (left) in teen drama Dawson's Creek which propelled her to international stardom

Breakthrough role: The actress did not give up and landed the role of Joey (left) in teen drama Dawson’s Creek which propelled her to international stardom

She recalled that she had ‘got lucky’ landing the film role in The Ice Storm because she went to Los Angeles to take part in the auditions for pilot season and got the job on her second day. 

Katie said: ‘It was my second day in Los Angeles and my first audition. I got lucky.’

After her work dried up following The Ice Storm, Katie did not give up, landing the role of Joey in teen drama Dawson’s Creek which propelled her to international stardom. 

Talent: Katie has starred in films including First Daughter in 2004, Batman Begins in 2005, and The Extra Man in 2010 (pictured on Tuesday night's The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon)

Talent: Katie has starred in films including First Daughter in 2004, Batman Begins in 2005, and The Extra Man in 2010 (pictured on Tuesday night’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon)

The actress appeared in the show for six seasons over five years alongside Michelle Williams, James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson.

Since then, Katie has starred in films including First Daughter in 2004, Batman Begins in 2005, and The Extra Man in 2010.

She also featured in television shows such as How I Met Your Mother and wrote and directed her second film Alone Together in 2022.  

Fame: Katie (centre) starred in the show for its six seasons over five years (pictured with co-stars L-R Michelle Williams, James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson in 1998)

Fame: Katie (centre) starred in the show for its six seasons over five years (pictured with co-stars L-R Michelle Williams, James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson in 1998)

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Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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