Looking back, Katie Holmes has no regrets. "I don't regret anything that I've done," the 36-year-old actress said in a new interview with Ocean Drive magazine. "I've learned from everything, and everything sort of leads you to the next place. I just keep going."
The star, who has been single since her 2012 divorce from Tom Cruise, continued: "I have a very normal life, and I happen to work in an industry that's abnormal. Daily life, I take a train and a cab; it's just about getting from here to there, and I don't care how I do it. I have to get there."
Katie Holmes has said she has 'no regrets'
That sense of 'normalcy' is all the more important for Katie as she continues to raise her nine-year-old daughter Suri. Speaking about her experiences of being a mum, Katie added: "It changes you completely in such amazing ways, and I think that you become who you were meant to be.
"Being a parent is also a source of inspiration to just work really hard. You want to set an example – and, you know, (your kids) are what drives you."
That motivation has also given Katie the confidence to branch out in her career – including a risqué role in The Gift and making her directorial debut with All We Had.
Katie Holmes pictured with her daughter Suri Cruise
"I don't shy away from risks," the actress said. "I'm just interested in a lot of different things. I don't even think of it as a risk; I think of it as something exciting and new. As I've grown up, I think that the harder you work the more successful you are.
"From what I have seen, the people at the top, they're just constantly working and constantly surrounding themselves with other successful, like-minded creative people."
Next year Katie will step into the spotlight in the indie film Touched With Fire, playing a woman with bipolar disorder who is put in a mental institution and falls in love with another patient.
"I decided to throw myself into this story, a role I hadn't played before," Katie said of the part. "It was a really incredible acting experience and also a human experience because it taught me a lot about bipolar disorder and just how hard it is to live with and how it affects people's families… It was a really powerful and profound experience."