Katie Holmes Says She Still Feels Like a Teenager

She’s still the girl that you met down by the creek.

Katie Holmes is ravishing and make-up free on the cover of MORE magazine’s February issue. Inside, the 37-year-old actress reflects on starting over as an independent woman following her divorce from Tom Cruise. “You’ve got to keep going,” she says. “Focus on the positive. Stay creative. Go to things that interest you. Do work that’s fulfilling. Challenge yourself.”

Holmes feels that she has a firm grasp on her career as opposed to her younger years on Dawson’s Creek when she was devoid of life experience. She remembers, “I felt, ‘I don’t have anything to bring. I don’t know what it’s like to be, say, really angry. I’m doing the best I can.’”

“But with age I’ve gained confidence. I understand the kind of stories I want to tell. I have more experience in business. I feel more certain.”

She maintains her youthful curiosity by refusing to be the smartest person in the room. “I gravitate toward people who are doing things I don’t know how to do,” she explains, no longer being intimidated by intimidation. “Just ask if you don’t know something … You’re probably going to make a mistake. Get over it. Some problems are never going to be solved.”

Though no longer an 18-year-old, the Touched with Fire actress feels that she embodies her same youthful spirit. “I feel like I’m still a teenager in a lot of ways. I do a lot of things I did then. I paint, I color. I cook sometimes,” she says. “I still feel like a girl. I don’t quite feel like a woman … I’ll probably be 90 and feel like, ‘Not a woman yet!’ Ha!

Read Holmes’ commentary on how playing a bipolar character in Touched with Fire changed her perspective on mental illness over on MORE.com. Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos from her spread in the February issue, on newsstands Jan. 26.