Katie Holmes Says Acting Dry Spell Had Nothing to Do With Tom Cruise

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Katie Holmes is making a comeback of sorts after a very quiet few years during her marriage to Tom Cruise.

The Giver actress has four new movies completed and awaiting release, including Miss Meadows and Days and Nights, and it seems she is back stronger than ever.

Despite speculation, Holmes says the dry spell was just a normal part of the business and had nothing to do with her marriage to the 52-year-old Mission: Impossible actor.

In an interview with DuJour magazine, the statuesque brunette talked about life after Cruise and her latest acting projects.

Holmes addressed persistent speculation and questions from DuJour that her divorce from Cruise two years ago "helped to bolster her career," saying neither her marriage nor her divorce had anything to do with the ups and downs of her career.

"It's the life of an actor," the Dawson's Creek alum responded. "We don't really have a lot of choice in the matter. You have dry spells, and then you have times when there is a lot of opportunity."

In fact, Holmes said she made the decision to take the time away from Hollywood to enjoy her eight-year-old daughter's early years.

"I totally admire women who go back to work six weeks after giving birth but when she was little, I was not ready," she said. "I was a very nervous mother — like, sleeping next to her crib — and I was in that mode for a long time."

Suri's mom took a moment to reflect on how maturing has changed her approach to her craft.

"I think I've gotten more comfortable with acting over time," said the 35-year-old actress. "Early on, I could never get out of my head. I'd be thinking, 'I have to get the job.' And even when I had the job, I was afraid that I was going to get fired, or I just had the mentality of, 'I need to be good enough.'

"The more projects you do, the older you get, the more life experience you get, you start to understand storytelling better, so you're a little bit more confident going in. You're not afraid of getting fired: You just want to contribute."

Holmes is currently filming the Simon Curtis-directed film Woman in Gold. She said it was a refreshing choice to star in a film about “a happy married couple, because it’s rare to see that.”

Holmes says she takes her celebrity status and the inevitability of paparazzi following her every move in stride, and doesn't change the way she approaches life in New York City.

"There's definitely an awareness of the fact that people have camera phones, and that your privacy is sometimes invaded, but that's something that I think everyone has had to adjust to," Holmes explained. "Even early on, when I was a young actor and all of a sudden people knew who I was, my dad told me, 'Don't let that change how you live your life.' I've always sort of approached it that way. You have to continue to do the things you want to do and not let outside forces dictate."

Pam Wright