Katie Holmes reveals she almost quit acting at the age of 17 when work dried up after her first film role

Katie Holmes reveals she almost quit acting at the age of 17 when work dried up after her first film role

‘I didn’t really notice anything’: Katie Holmes reveals she almost quit acting at 17 when work dried up after her first film role in ‘The Ice Storm’

Katie Holmes almost quit acting at the age of 17 when work dried up after her first film role.

The 44-year-old actress landed her acting debut in Ang Lee’s 1997 film The Ice Storm, but after she finished she struggled to get more jobs – and feared her career would be over after just one film.

During an appearance on Tuesday’s Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, she explained, “Well I was 17 and I remember we came to New York, my mom and I and we shot it and I was like, ‘Oh, that is what I want to do”. Great.

Persistence pays off: Katie Holmes almost gave up acting at 17 when work dried up after her first film role

“And then I went home and taped myself for different auditions, and I wasn’t really getting anything and I was like, ‘Oh, well, this might be it. You know. That could be all there is.” .

“But it was okay because I was like, ‘You know what, that’s okay. That was an amazing experience. And I can tell my grandkids and I’ll be fine.”

Host Jimmy then asked, “Were you happy with that?”

Katie replied: “Well, I mean, I wanted more jobs, but I said, ‘Don’t be, you know, greedy.’

First film role: The 44-year-old actress landed her acting debut in Ang Lee's 1997 film The Blizzard (pictured), but after she finished she struggled to get more jobs

First film role: The 44-year-old actress landed her acting debut in Ang Lee’s 1997 film The Blizzard (pictured), but after she finished she struggled to get more jobs

Breakthrough role: The actress didn't give up and landed the role of Joey (left) in teen drama Dawson's Creek, which propelled her to international fame

Breakthrough role: The actress didn’t give up and landed the role of Joey (left) in teen drama Dawson’s Creek, which propelled her to international fame

She recalled being “lucky” to get the film role in The Ice Storm because she went to Los Angeles to audition for the pilot season and got the job on her second day.

Katie said: “It was my second day in Los Angeles and my first audition. I was lucky.’

After her work dried up after The Ice Storm, Katie didn’t give up and landed the role of Joey on teen drama Dawson’s Creek, which propelled her to international fame.

Talent: Katie has starred in films such as 'First Daughter' in 2004, 'Batman Begins' in 2005 and 'The Extra Man' in 2010 (pictured on Tuesday night's 'Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon').

Talent: Katie has starred in films such as ‘First Daughter’ in 2004, ‘Batman Begins’ in 2005 and ‘The Extra Man’ in 2010 (pictured on Tuesday night’s ‘Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’).

The actress appeared on the show for six seasons over five years alongside Michelle Williams, James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson.

Since then, Katie has starred in films such as First Daughter (2004), Batman Begins (2005) and The Extra Man (2010).

She has also appeared on television shows such as How I Met Your Mother and wrote and directed her second film, Alone Together, in 2022.

Fame: Katie (centre) starred on the show for its six seasons over five years (pictured with co-stars LR Michelle Williams, James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson in 1998)

Fame: Katie (centre) starred on the show for its six seasons over five years (pictured with co-stars LR Michelle Williams, James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson in 1998)