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How Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's daughter Suri reacted to her mom's "Dawson's Creek" role

The "Dawson's Creek" alum's daughter is nearly the same age she was when she played Joey Potter

Katie Holmes in New York City
Beatriz Colon
Beatriz Colon - New York
New York WriterNew York
March 28, 2023
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Katie Holmes' daughter with ex-husband Tom Cruise, Suri, is all grown up, already sixteen years old, and unbelievably, she is nearly the same age her mom was when she took on her breakout role of Joey Potter on "Dawson's Creek."

The hit show ran for six seasons, from 1998 until 2003, and on the year of its 20th anniversary, the actress revealed that she has in fact showed her early work to her teenage daughter. 

Speaking with Variety about her latest projects, which includes an Off Broadway production titled The Wanderers and directing Rare Objects, she gave insight into Suri's reaction to her debut small screen role.

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"[Suri] has seen 'Dawson's Creek,'" she said, though she then confessed: "And I think it's probably weird since she's a teenager."

"I'm not like, 'You need to watch mommy's work,' she maintained, adding: "But during the pandemic, we had a good laugh about it."

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She then noted: "It's wild to have a daughter who's almost the same age as I was when I began all this."

Suri is Katie's first and only daughter with Tom. The couple first started dating in 2005 – Katie was 27 and Tom 43 – the same year the actress called off an engagement from "Sweet Magnolias" actor Chris Klein. Seven weeks after they first met, the couple were engaged.

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They welcomed Suri on the first anniversary of their first date, April 18, 2006, and tied the knot in November of the same year with a ceremony at Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.

Their divorce – which is widely believed to have come as a shock to Tom – was announced six years later, in 2012. At the time of their split, the "Dawson's Creek" alum's lawyer, Johnathan Wolfe, told People: "Katie's primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter's best interest." Katie was given sole custody of Suri, and the two live in New York City.

Though it has been widely reported that Tom has little to no part in his daughter's life, according to his and Katie's divorce documents, he agreed to pay his ex-wife $400,000 a year in child support until Suri turns 18.

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