John's Jesuit and St. Francis de Sales , nearby all-male high schools, Holmes appeared in school musicals, playing a waitress in Hello, Dolly! Eventually, Holmes was signed to an agent after performing a monologue from To Kill a Mockingbird. Dawson's Creek and career development Holmes in May In January , Holmes went to Los Angeles for pilot season , when producers cast and shoot new programs in the hopes of securing a spot on a network schedule.
The Toledo Blade reported she was offered the lead in Buffy the Vampire Slayer but she never turned it down. And I was playing Lola. I even got to wear the feather boa. I thought, 'There is no way I'm not playing Lola to go audition for some network. I couldn't let my school down. We had already sold a lot of tickets. I just can't meet with you this week. I've got other commitments. Holmes read for the part of Joey Potter , the tomboy best friend of the title character Dawson, on a videotape shot in her basement, her mother reading Dawson's lines.
Paul Stupin , executive producer of the show, said his first reaction on seeing her audition tape was "That's Joey Potter! But that's just the beginning. To meet her is to instantly fall under her spell. Jancee Dunn, an editor at Rolling Stone said she was chosen for the cover because "every time you mention Dawson's Creek you tend to get a lot of dolphin-like shrieks from teenage girls.
The fact that she is drop-dead gorgeous didn't hurt either. The film was recut from what the director intended.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote her character, Rachel, "dresses in black and likes to strike poses on the beds of pickup trucks and is a bad girl who is in great danger of becoming a very good one.
Holmes, though, said the film was "just horrible. The same year, in Kevin Williamson's Teaching Mrs. Tingle , which he wrote and directed, Holmes played a straight-A student whose vindictive teacher Helen Mirren threatens to keep her from a desperately needed scholarship.
The film told the story of a creative writing teacher at a university, with Michael Douglas in the leading role. Holmes had a small role six and one-half minutes of screen time as Hannah Green, the talented student who lusts after Professor Grady Tripp Douglas's character, who is her instructor and landlord.
Many leading critics at the time took favorable notice to Holmes in the film. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times said she was "just right as the beauty with kind of a crush on the old man.
Holmes did her first nude scene for the film, in a scene where her character was about to be murdered. Her appearance was lamented by Variety's Steven Kotler. Peepers character and singing "Big Spender" from Sweet Charity.
In the film Abandon , written by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan , Holmes plays a delusional, homicidal college student named "Katie". Todd McCarthy of Variety and Roger Ebert commended her performance,  but other critics savaged it. She also appeared as Robert Downey, Jr. Dawson's Creek ended its run in , and Holmes was the only actor to appear in all episodes. On the other hand it was refreshing to play someone else", she said in Focus on film career, brief hiatus, and theatre work Holmes' first starring role post-Dawson's Creek was in 's Pieces of April , a gritty comedy about a dysfunctional family on Thanksgiving.
Many critics and audiences agreed that Holmes had given her best performance in the film as April. Variety said it was "one of her best film performances. Holmes, whose beauty seems to have fogged the minds of her previous directors" in playing "a brat who is slaving to find her inner decency and barely has the equipment for such an achievement, let alone to serve a meal whose salmonella potential could claim an entire borough.
Yet it is her surliness, as well as her intransigent determination to make Thanksgiving work, that keeps the laughs coming. She later played the President's daughter in First Daughter , which was originally to be released in January on the same day as Chasing Liberty , another film about a president's daughter, but was ultimately released in September to dismal reviews and ticket sales. The Hollywood Reporter critic called her character, Samantha Mackenzie, "a startling example of how a studio film can dumb down and neutralize the comic abilities of a lively young star.
Variety wrote one of the film's "sole relatively weak notes [came] from Holmes, who lacks even a hint of the wiliness of a ruthless reporter" and The New York Times said the cast was "exceptionally fine" except for Holmes, who "strain[ed] credulity" in her role. Also in , Holmes had agreed to play in Shame on You, a biopic about the country singer Spade Cooley written and directed by Dennis Quaid , as the wife whom Cooley played by Quaid stomps to death.
But the picture, set to shoot in New Orleans , Louisiana , was delayed by Hurricane Katrina , and Holmes dropped out due to her pregnancy.
Her role was later recast with Maggie Gyllenhaal in her place. She opened to mixed reviews. Holmes" is a "sad casualty" of director Simon McBurney's "high concept approach" to the play. He adds that "Ms. Holmes delivers most of her lines with meaningful asperity, italicizing every word.
He wrote, " John Lithgow starts in a sunny, benign fashion, but eventually finds himself screeching alongside Holmes, looking tough under a glossy wig. Her rather grand speech pattern takes getting used to, but she seems comfortable and adds a fitting glint of glamour. She was named one of People 's "50 Most Beautiful People" in ; its sibling Teen People declared her one of the "25 Hottest Stars Under 25" that year;   and in , People said she was one of the ten best dressed stars that year.
Klein and Holmes were engaged in late , but in early she and Klein ended their relationship. Holmes, who was raised a Catholic ,  began studying Scientology shortly after the couple began dating. The name "Suri" supposedly derives from the Persian meaning " Red Rose " and the Hebrew as a derivative of "Sarah" meaning princess.
On June 29, Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise in New York after five and a half years of marriage.