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Katie Holmes has one of the most recognized
faces on television, but her career could have stalled before it began
when she turned down the offer of the title role in Buffy
The Vampire Slayer.
Instead, a second chance vaulted her to stardom as a cast member
on TV’s wildly popular Dawson’s Creek.
Holmes, 17 an unknown in 1996, got her show
business start when she traveled from her Toledo, Ohio, home to New
York for a modeling convention.
There she was approached by a Los Angeles talent scout and was
soon on her way to California for six weeks of auditions.
She was hired on her first try for a role in The
Ice Storm (1997). After
that it was back to school (a Catholic all-girls’ academy in Toledo)
and into a local production of Damn
successfully auditioned for Buffy
The Vampire Slayer (TV - 1998) but turned it down to finish
high school. Her interest
in television roles, though, continued.
Holmes’ mailed-in home-video-taped audition for Dawson’s
Creek (TV - 1998) was accepted -- so fully accepted, in fact,
that she received permission to postpone her in-person audition until
Yankees run was over.
The young actor and her Dawson’s Creek fellow
cast members, all of whom had limited acting experience, became instant
teen idols. Pretty, chestnut-maned
doe-eyed Holmes was immediately cast in the movie Disturbing
Behavior (1998), then went on to Go
From Space (1999) and the unfortunate critically-panned Teaching
Mrs. Tingle (1999).
The straight A student once put acting on hold
for her education, but lately has flipped her priorities.
Having gained acceptance to Columbia University, Holmes deferred
enrollment to allow for her acting schedule.
That schedule includes, for 2000, Wonder Boys, The Gift, Church of the Dead Girls, continuing episodes of Dawson’s Creek, and a proposed Dawson’s Creek: The Movie. Columbia may have a while to wait.