That movie GO came on cable the other night. I haven't seen that thing since it was in theaters. Actually, it's been years since I've seen anything from Katie Holmes in her Dawson's Creek days. I wasn't a huge fan of that show, but I've always been hugely impressed with Katie. I know I used the term "girl next door," but that doesn't really do her justice. Katie was one of the best and perhaps last examples of what I would consider the quintessential American beauty.
She's done a lot of stuff - movies, TV and the whatnot. Apart from that time she got naked, I think this 1998 Rolling Stone spread is probably my favorite thing she's done. Being primarily a promotion for Dawson's Creek, which was her chief claim to fame at that time, this spread more importantly captures everything that made her perhaps the hottest thing alive then. Look at her doing that little lip bite. Look at those eyes, saying more than words ever could. There's all kinds of things happening here - sexual seduction, innocence, glamour, a bit of old Hollywood and that afore mentioned American beauty, all wrapped up in one stunning package.
Years later, I still think of these pics when I think of Katie. That might sound dismissive of everything she's done since, but it's better than getting caught up in all the controversy and media hype that continues to swirl around her since Tom entered and then exited her life. That marriage was pretty rough on her, but she's emerged from it still beautiful, still an actress and model. I think I'll continue to keep the old days in mind though. We've all got our best time. I think this will always be Katie's.
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