Katie Holmes (Joey Potter)
While some may divide Katie Holmes's life into pre- and post-"Dawson's Creek
," we prefer to split it into pre- and post-Tom Cruise. Because the minute Holmes, 32, 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 "Dawson's Creek" fans, a somewhat traumatic -- shift.
"TomKat" took off in early 2005 -- not long after Holmes ended her two-year engagement to "American Pie
" actor Chris Klein. Cruise popped the question a mere two months later (after Holmes converted to Scientology, natch), and Holmes gave birth to their much-photographed daughter, Suri, in April 2006. The full-speed-ahead couple tied the knot on November 18, 2006.
Holmes's career is in good shape. She's appeared 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 latest Adam Sandler flick, "Jack and Jill
." She recently 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. In real life, Holmes and Joshua Jackson dated briefly 13 years ago, so we're still holding out hope for a reunion. It could happen, right?