Katie Holmes is a 42-year-old American actress and mother from Ohio. She was married to “Mission Impossible” actor Tom Cruise from 2006-2012, and the pair had one child together: a daughter named Suri.
Although she made her film debut in the 1997 flick “The Ice Storm,” she is best known for her role as Joey Potter on the 90s hit, “Dawson’s Creek” in which she starred with James Van Der Beek.
Katie is super active on Instagram and loves to entertain her 2.3 million followers with old throwbacks and her incredible sense of humor!
In case you didn’t grow up in the 90s or haven’t had a chance to binge watch it yet, “Dawson’s Creek” tells the story of four young adolescents growing up and finding their place in the world. Also starring Michelle Williams and Joshua Jackson, the show featured 128 episodes and ran from 1998 – 2003.
Katie was only 19 years old when she landed the role, and James was only 20. In a little known fact, Katie and Joshua actually dated during the first season of the show, long before their characters of Joey and Pacey got together on screen.
Although the couple broke up, Katie revealed that he was her “first love,” saying, “I fell in love, I had my first love, and it was something so incredible and indescribable that I will treasure it always.”
#Prom or #Emmys?
In a funny Instagram post, James posted a throwback photo of him standing next to Katie and an NBC Emmy event.
The two looked so young, James joked, “#tbt So long ago I can’t remember whether this was the #Emmys or my #Prom” along with a thinking face emoji.
Katie was quick to respond to the photo, reminding James “I went to the prom after we shot the pilot!!!!”
The post gained over 33 thousand likes, with some fans commenting “iconic” while another fan shared, “Omg I can’t believe how long it has been since Dawson’s Creek” along with a laughing face emoji.
Paving The Way
June is Pride Month, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention how “Dawson’s Creek” helped pave the way for some epic LGBTQ+ romances on television.
“I didn’t want it to be just an innocent little peck,” Smith later said. “That’s not what Jack was trying to tell Ethan…The whole point is that we was really going for it. That’s what that kiss needed to be.”
“Every show has a gay character now,” Smith continued. “It’s no big deal, and that’s the way that it should be. We’re proud of what we did. We paved the way for the way things are today.”
It’s amazing to see how the actors have grown and changed since that time! James since gave up the glitz and glam of Hollywood life to retire to a sprawling 36-acre ranch in Texas with his five and five kids, while Katie reveals that she is “focusing on being a mom” after her recent split with chef Emilio Vitolo Jr.
Keep scrolling to take a look at your favorite 90s stars and see where they’re at today!