I have added scans from this last week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly featuring Katie and her Dawson’s Creek co-stars.
I have added four beautiful portraits from the EW Dawson’s Creek Cast reunion.
– Katie Holmes Source > OUTTAKES > 2018 > 002
OMG! Okay I will admit to total fangirling when I saw that Entertainment Weekly got our favorite Capeside residents back together for a reunion!
You no longer have to wait. For the first time since the 2003 finale, the cast of one of the most iconic, beloved, and meme-worthy teen dramas ever, Dawson’s Creek, has reunited, thanks to Entertainment Weekly. “I think we’ve all sort of seen each other over the years, but not everybody all together,” says Katie Holmes. “And never for long enough.” Adds creator Kevin Williamson (Scream), “I run into James and Josh, Katie, Michelle, and I just get a big smile on my face. It’s just a very, very special time in my life.”
The cast — Holmes (Joey Potter), James Van Der Beek (Dawson Leery), Joshua Jackson (Pacey Witter), Michelle Williams (Jen Lindley), Busy Phillips (Audrey Liddell), Kerr Smith (Jack McPhee), Meredith Monroe (Andie McPhee), and Mary Beth Peil (Evelyn “Grams” Ryan) — sat down for EW’s cover story and video reunion, streaming now on PeopleTV.com or through the PeopleTV app, on March 12 in New York City. Looking back, Van Der Beek recalls the time during season 4 when he got lost trying to show his parents the Leery house in Wilmington, N.C., which stood in for fictional Capeside. That small-town location bonded this cast more than your typical television series. “It was like growing up together,” remembers Monroe. “I felt like I was so grateful that it was shooting in Wilmington. We all got to really connect in a way that I don’t think we would have had we been in New York or L.A.”
The series, which ran on The WB from 1998 to 2003 and is now streaming in its entirety on Hulu, was both a sweet nod to coming-of-age stories and a bold and sometimes controversial addition to the teen genre. Budding filmmaker Dawson, goofy troublemaker Pacey, moody tomboy Joey, and reformed-ish bad girl Jen all discover the joy and (mostly) pain of first love as they date and break up and date and break up… and date and break up, all with the titular body of water as a soothing backdrop. Love triangles and rectangles are nothing new, but Creek’s delivery of these topics was shockingly fresh. These pubescent pals weren’t going to the Peach Pit for shakes — they were talking about masturbating to Katie Couric and having affairs with their teachers. And they spoke about their hormonal escapades (or lack thereof) in smart, Aaron Sorkin-esque dialogue. Says John Wesley Shipp, who played Dawson’s father, Mitch: “I remember a big star who shall remain nameless said to Kevin, ‘Young people don’t talk like that.’ Kevin said, ‘Well, maybe not, but they’d like to.’ We had a feeling that we were pioneering a different way of telling stories about young people.” Adds Jackson, “Kevin never insulted the audience and never insulted [the actors] by dumbing us down. I loved that part.”
And the show’s young stars, especially the main four leads, all became overnight teen icons. “I was actually with James when he signed his first autograph,” remembers Mary-Margaret Humes, who played Dawson’s mother, Gail. “My husband and I had taken James up to Universal City in L.A. to watch a movie. This girl came up to James and said, ‘Excuse me, aren’t you that guy on Dawson’s Creek? May I have your autograph?’ He signed it and said, ‘Oh my God, Mary-Margaret, that was my first!’ And, of course, my thought was ‘Oh, honey, hang on.’”
But it’s not surprising to see such passionate fan reactions. Creek was a series that wore its heart on its sleeve and spoke to a generation. “It was really wholesome and it was really Americana,” says Greg Berlanti (Riverdale), who began his career on season 2 and took over showrunner duties in season 3. “I think if people want a perfect snapshot of what it was like to come of age in the ’90s and be a young person in that moment, Dawson’s will always be a time capsule of that.” Adds Williams: “I loved that we were able to get in there in those formative years for people. That’s why people, I think, are so connected to it. When something affects you while you were growing up, it kind of stays in there forever. When you’re so permeable and open and trying to figure out who you are and what’s going on, whatever reaches you in those moments really becomes part of you.”
To see the entire interview go to PeopleTV.
Everyone’s favorite Dawson’s Creek star is newly into weight lifting and boxing.
I’d heard the rumors: Katie Holmes some serious biceps. I needed proof.
We’re at a swank lounge in NYC’s Mandarin Oriental hotel, where expensively groomed guests are sipping artisan cocktails. Katie, clutching her ever-present paper coffee cup, is more casual: jeans, a frilly denim shirt, sneakers. I decide to give it a shot and obnoxiously ask her to flex for me.
She is apologetic, saying, “I haven’t worked out for awhile.” But then she pulls up her sleeve and displays the startling combination of litheness and sinew she’s developed while prepping for a new role—an action-thriller, still under wraps, in which she plays an ex-marine. (It’s been a busy year, including the current Dear Dictator with Michael Caine and Ocean’s Eight, coming out this summer.)
Katie has called her new character a “warrior” in the press, and considering her life over the past few years, you get the feeling that concept personally resonates. I first interviewed Katie in 2003, right at the end of Dawson’s Creek, and the woman before me today is not far removed from that girl of 15 years ago: sunny, wry, and ebullient, with the melting brunette beauty that inspired makeup guru Bobbi Brown to call her “the modern-day Ali MacGraw.”
Could that glow have something to do with her reported relationship with actor Jamie Foxx?
Whatever the source, these days Katie is reveling in the strength of her upcoming role, having snipped her long, dark locks into a pixie and started lifting weights to develop her upper body. “Which I’ve never wanted to do,” she laughs. “But I wanted to be authentic to a person who trained in the military. Which means someone who wasn’t always paying attention to the mirror and who was in shape not for vanity, but because that’s what her job called for.”
So the new tagline is “Katie Holmes kicks ass”? It doesn’t sound as natural as “Katie Holmes bakes cookies” or even “Katie Holmes has a stuffed animal collection” (“I still love stuffed animals,” she admits). But she’s working on it.
And it is work. She would be lying if she told you that exercise is dear to her heart. Here is The Stars Are Just Like Us, Exercise Edition: Katie Holmes doesn’t really love to work out just for the sake of working out. (She also doesn’t love copping to that fact—but we relate there, too.) She does have a lot to live up to in that department.
Katherine Noelle Holmes grew up in Toledo, Ohio, the youngest of five kids in a family of jocks; she spent her youth with crayons and paper, drawing in drafty gyms while she cheered on her siblings in basketball. She sang and danced her way through high school.
But when her dad decided, at 45, to run the Boston Marathon for the first time, with her older brother, she paid attention. “I was 13 or 14, and I was like, ‘Wow.’ That had a huge impact.” So much so that in her twenties, Katie trained for and ran the New York City Marathon. “I thought, My gosh, I want to do that. If they can do it, I’m not gonna let them have that over me.”
She hasn’t felt the need to repeat the feat, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t cool. “It was incredible, going through all the different boroughs. You feel like you’re part of a pack, and you’re inspired by other people—and the people in wheelchairs. But it’s also. . .I remember hitting mile 20 and just crying, like, ‘There’s no way—I can’t do six more miles.’ But I did.”
Nowadays, working out is usually a group activity—classes, especially SoulCycle—”because I like that sense of community,” Katie explains. Being surrounded by other people adds an element of inspiration, “like, if she can do it, I can do it too.”
Self gives us a way to ramp up your weight training just like our beautiful Katie!
Plus, the benefits of lifting heavier
Next month, Katie Holmes returns to the big screen as an ex-marine in the action-thriller The Doorman. To prepare for the character, which Holmes has described as a “warrior” in the press, the actor seriously upped her fitness game, especially in the weight room.
“I was a 5-pound weight person and now I can do 15, 20,” ”Holmes told Women’s Health when describing her two-hour personal training sessions that included “lots of crunches, dumbbells, and squats.”
There are many benefits to stepping up your weight training like Holmes—but it’s important to do so slowly, carefully, and thoughtfully to avoid injury and ensure you’re getting the most out of your efforts.
“You should aim for baby steps with the weight increase,” Courtney Paul, NYC-based certified personal trainer who previously trained Holmes, tells SELF. [Paul did not work with Holmes for The Doorman.]
Before you even think about adding extra weight to your fitness routine, it’s important to make sure that you’re able to execute movements with the proper form, Mark DiSalvo, NYC-based certified strength and conditioning specialist, tells SELF. “The biggest mistake when it comes to amping up weight training is a mentality of ‘more weight, more weight, more weight,’” says DiSalvo. “The best progress comes from the best form.”
When you’re doing squats, for example, your knees should be aligned with your toes, your core should be braced, and your back should maintain its natural curvature as you lower yourself down. Many people, however, make the common mistakes of caving their knees in and rounding their backs, which can put undue stress on your knees, lower back, and hips, and lead to muscle imbalances and injury over time.
Katie is featured on the cover of Town & Country and I have added some beautiful outtakes from the shoot to our gallery.
– Katie Holmes Source > OUTTAKES > 2017 > 002
I’ve replaced the photos from Katie’s More magazine photoshoot with better quality versions. I also added 2 additional photos.
– Katie Holmes Source > PHOTOSHOOTS FROM 2016 > 001