Katie Holmes: Joey Potter
While some may divide Katie Holmes’s life into pre-Dawson’s Creek and post-Dawson’s Creek, we’re gonna split it into pre-Tom Cruise and post-Tom Cruise. Because the minute Katie, 33, hooked up with the big-name actor, she stopped channeling precocious girl next door Joey Potter and instead became yet another glam Hollywood fixture. It was a dramatic — and for us Creek fans a somewhat traumatic — shift.
TomKat took off in early 2005 — not long after Katie ended her two-year engagement to American Pie actor Chris Klein. Tom popped the question a mere two months later (after Katie converted to Scientology, natch), and Katie gave birth to their little girl, the much-photographed Suri Cruise, in April 2006. The full-speed-ahead couple tied the knot on November 18, 2006.
Then, five years and one notorious Oprah-couch-jumping incident after their nuptials: ruination! Tom and Katie announced that they were filing for divorce on June 29, 2012. Katie became a single mother and reaffirmed her Catholic roots.
Compared to her personal life, Katie’s career has remained fairly consistent: She’s appeared on the big screen in a string of films, from 2004’s First Daughter to the 2005 blockbuster Batman Begins to the 2010 indie The Romantics. Other credits include Thank You for Smoking (opposite Aaron Eckhart) and the Adam Sandler flick, Jack and Jill. On TV, she played the “Slutty Pumpkin” on the 2011 Halloween episode of How I Met Your Mother, and she channeled Jackie O. in the 2011 TV miniseries The Kennedys.
To us, she’ll always be Joey, an endearingly neurotic tomboy... who ultimately ends up with Pacey. Katie and Joshua Jackson dated briefly 13 years ago, so we’re still holding out hope for a reunion. It could happen, right?