IT’S ALL SUNSHINE AND RAINBOWS FOR THE DAWSON’S GRAD AS SHE CRUISES INTO THE MEGAFLICKS ARENA WITH BATMAN BEGINS
By Andrew Vontz
Katie Holmes may well be the girl next door. Not the fantasy girl next door you read about in Penthouse Forum, but the girl who actually lived next door to you growing up. She's lived a charmed life in Hollywood since she scored a role in the Ice Storm in her first audition ever. This summer the top gun actress cruises into the mega-budget popcorn wars with a turn as a district attorney in Batman Begins, a family friendly seat filler that paradoxically borrows its visual aesthetic from the dark leather and latex aesthetic of the S&M porno world. Holmes may be the luckiest girl in the world, but when she sees a Dairy Queen on the side of the highway, she'll pull off to double fist a couple of Blizzards.
What kind of training did you do to prepare for your role in Batman Returns as a district attorney?
I am the daughter of a lawyer and the sister of one so it’s kind of in me. The great thing is that it’s a character we haven’t seen before so I had the opportunity to create someone new.
Did you use Jim Carrey’s Liar Liar as inspiration?
That’s good. What was the coolest part of being in a Batman movie?
I’ve never been in a movie of that size. The stunts, the size of the sets—every days my eyes got bigger. It was like, wow, where am I? I loved the days when Christian was in the bat suit.
More importantly, did they allow you to blow anything up?
Me? Personally? I’ve gotta tell you something. I’m the biggest klutz. Not really but I shouldn’t be near anything that blows up!
Did you get to drive the Bat Mobile?
No, I didn’t. I rode in the form of a Bat Mobile because the real thing is kind of dangerous for people under contract (laugh). It was amazing. It knocked my socks off. When I saw that thing, I was like I love it.
Does the Bat Mobile have a back seat?
No. The way it works is that you climb in from the front and then you push a button and the seats go down and the cover comes on top and it clicks. It’s almost like a roller coaster ride.
If it doesn’t have a back seat then where is Batman supposed to make out with the ladies when he drives up to Inspiration Point?
Batman’s the kind of guy who doesn’t need a back seat. He’ll kiss you right there!
Did you pick up any special skills while you were on Dawson’s Creek—stone skipping, knife fighting?
I’m really good at learning lines. If you remember, we had a lot of monologues on that show (giggles).
As a youth what superhero did you want to be?
I loved Wonder Woman. I think most little girls did. I liked the hot pants. I’ve gotta be honest! (giggles). I was a little girl who just pranced around and loved attention.
Were you a fan of capes growing up?
I liked anything dramatic growing up. I liked dance costumes. I liked to play dress up. I liked capes, anything that helped me tell the story I was imagining at the time.
Were you inspired by the musical Cats at all?
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I think my super power would be the ability to beam myself anywhere at any time. Like if I feel like being with my family I could do it in a minute.
Teleportation, eh? That’s what you would use it for primarily?
Isn’t that selfish?
Yeah, it’s completely selfish and self-absorbed.
It is very self absorbed. It’s all about me. Okay, I’ll take two. I’d also use it to go and help people.
Superman flew backwards around the world to reverse time. If you could go back in time what would you change or do differently?
I don’t have any regrets.
What about that time you killed a snake in third grade?
I don’t like snakes, but I’ve never killed a snake.
You steer clear of them? Okay, I won’t talk about it again. Do you think you’d be a good DA?
Yeah I think I have a lot of toughness in me and I like to get things done and I like to make things right so I think I could handle that job.
Okay, let’s play DA for a minute. What would you do about the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq?
God! It’s nine in the morning!
It’s time to start thinking about the big global picture for today.
I would do my best to right the wrongs in the world.
How do you think torture works as an interrogation method?
I do not agree with torture as an interrogation method. I think that it’s the wrong way to go. I think there’s no reason for that. There’s no reason to torture anybody.
To follow up, let’s say you’re driving down the interstate and there’s a Dairy Queen at the next exit: What do you do, Katie? What do you do?
I get off and get a Blizzard. I’ll get two: one that’s an Oreo Blizzard and one that’s a cookie dough Blizzard if the cookie dough looks fresh.
The fresh Dairy Queen cookie dough? They must keep a secret stock of that in back. What’s been your worst experience with paparazzi?
I haven’t had a lot of paparazzi. For me, they’re taking your picture so deal with. I haven’t had a hard time with it.
How do you feel about paparazzi?
I guess it’s. . . You know. . . Right now it’s part of the deal and, you know I love what I do and I feel very privileged to be able to be in movies and television so I just focus on that.
What’s the most outlandish thing you’ve bought since you became famous?
You know, I just buy a lot of shoes. I haven’t bought like a lot of huge purchases. I bought a house in North Carolina when I was nineteen which was kind of wild but it was necessary at the time.
You haven’t done anything like Michael Jackson where he bought that replica of a Tutankhamen sarcophagus?
No. I’m pretty conservative.
You’re not in Wilmington anymore. Do you ever get star struck?
Yeah! I met Dave Matthews. I hosted SNL with Dave Matthews band. That was really exciting.
Were you intimidated to meet Boyd Tinsley?
No. Just Dave.
One time on the freeway I had a guy chase me and I looked over and there was a gun on his lap. What’s been your strangest moment in LA?
I’ve had a great time in LA. It’s always a wonderful moment when you get a job because when you’re out here you realize everything that goes into getting one, all the different factors and it’s like, wow! I’m lucky today, I got a job. That’s just a great phenomenon. You just never know. You work really hard and if it happens it’s something you just cherish.
Have you missed out on any jobs that you really wanted?
Yeah, sure, but you know the great thing is that like life things happen for a reason and usually something more appropriate comes along. You understand why the thing you had your heart set on didn’t work out.
You landed your role in the Ice Storm in your first audition ever. But what’s been the unluckiest day you’ve ever had?
The unluckiest day I’ve ever had? Mm. I don’t know. I’ve had a lot of lucky days. I’ve yet to have an unlucky day.
Wow. You’ve never had your car break down?
I just get a lot of tickets. I’m not a speed demon. I’m actually a very cautious driver to the point where people get annoyed at me. I usually get tickets for U-turns and parking tickets. And I don’t get out of them. I’ve tried everything. I’ve tried the tears, I’ve tried all of that stuff and I still get it. But such is life. You’re not an anomaly out here if you’re an actress. So there’s no special treatment. It’s better to get a ticket outside of Los Angeles. Your chances of getting out of them are much greater. I got out of a couple of them in North Carolina.
What was life like at your all-girls Catholic high school back in Ohio?
I enjoyed it. My lunch table we had me who was into musicals and took dance classes and all of that stuff mixed with some of my really good friends who were really good basketball players and volleyball players. Some were student council, some were really smart girls. I was friends with everybody.
Did Britney Spears ever come dancing down the hall with a squad of cheerleaders in pigtails?
Oh my God, that’s crazy! She did! Yeah, she made her debut at our high school.
What’s been your lowest moment since you’ve been in LA?
Um, I haven’t had too many low moments in LA.
It’s all sunshine and rainbows?
Oh, yeah. I mean I miss my family because they’re in Ohio and it’s a great distance and it sometimes makes me sad. But I know why I’m out here and I want to pursue my career and I enjoy it and I enjoy the challenge and I love meeting new filmmakers and I try to have a great time with it.