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Katie Holmes doesn't want Tom Cruise divorce 'to define me'

Katie Holmes attends DuJour magazine's cover party on

Katie Holmes attends DuJour magazine's cover party on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Manhattan. Photo Credit: AP / Andy Kropa

Actress Katie Holmes says she refuses to be labeled solely as one of Tom Cruise's ex-wives.

"I don't want that moment in my life to define me, to be who I am," she tells People magazine in its new issue, being published Friday. "I don't want that to be what I'm known as. I was an actor before, an actor during and an actor now . . . I feel ready for new challenges."

Holmes, 35 -- remembered for her long-running role as Joey Potter on "Dawson's Creek" and whose career ranges from independent-film stardom (2003's "Pieces of April") to co-starring in "Batman Begins" (2005) -- suggests her life has become easier in the wake of her 2006 to 2012 marriage to Cruise. "I don't have any fear now, I don't have a lot of rules for myself, and I don't take myself that seriously," she says.

She says the couple's daughter, 8-year-old Suri, "means everything to me," adding, "I'm learning every day, and I have been since the minute I became a mom."

Part of that, she says, involves patience and politeness. "My patience has grown, but between 4 and 6 p.m. . . . I mean, wow. Between tickle fights and glitter art, I try to throw in some manners along the way."

Around the time she filed for divorce in June 2012, Holmes began leasing a condominium apartment in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood and was often seen on outings with Suri. "When I got to New York City, the amount of support I got from strangers . . . it makes me cry," she told People.

Holmes has since returned to California: In August, reported that she and Suri had moved to Calabasas, outside Los Angeles, where Holmes bought a $3.795 million, 6,000-square-foot home in the section The Oaks.


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