Why Katie Holmes Rejected Iconic Roles in ‘Orange Is the New Black’, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ and ‘The Dark Knight’

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When an actor receives multiple offers for roles, decisions have to be made. Sometimes, an actor might turn down what seems like the role of a lifetime. Can you imagine Matthew Broderick as Walter White from Breaking Bad? Or Dana Delaney as Carrie Bradshaw instead of Sarah Jessica Parker? The role ultimately goes to someone who ends up being perfect for the part. After all, Bruce Willis only got the part in Die Hard after eight other actors turned it down, and he was meant for that role. But fans certainly like to imagine what might have been, and there’s a perfect opportunity to wonder when it comes to Katie Holmes. 

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Katie Holmes’ career moves

For Holmes, her life may have been different if she had taken these roles. If she had taken the part of Buffy, she wouldn’t have finished high school. The Dark Knight could have pigeonholed her similarly to the way Dawson’s Creek did, but the decision not to do this movie cost her almost $2 million.

And while OITNB would have taken away a little of her innocence that she plays off of so well in other roles, she would have indeed been the one to take home the many awards that the role garnered. Sure, she’d have more money and a franchise deal under her belt, but not everything is about money. For her, there’s more to it. 

She’s comfortable in her own skin

Holmes has always kept a low profile, even during her very high profile marriage to ex-husband Tom Cruise and her equally gossip-inducing relationship with Jamie Foxx. But she makes sure to make her voice heard. Today, Holmes credits being over 40 and having been in the entertainment industry so long with helping her find her voice and being comfortable in her skin. “I feel like I can be more creative and have more time, have my voice,” she shared during an interview with InStyle. “It’s sort of, like, just put your stuff out there and be yourself. It takes a while to be comfortable, though.”