Katie Holmes has no problem going topless.
While many were surprised to see her doing just that on this month's cover of Glamour magazine, she actually bared her breasts in The Gift in 2000 when she was just 21.
"I have done it before when I was young, the right time to do it," Holmes, 35, told me this weekend while promoting her new movie The Giver (in theaters on Aug. 15) at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. "But if the part called for it, sure, I'd do it again. I think people need to embrace themselves, their creativity and their bodies."
The Glamour cover shows Holmes in nothing but a pair of belted tightly fit jeans with her arms strategically placed to cover her chest. "The inspiration was a lot of Lauren Hutton and the great photos from the '70s—jeans and Americana," Holmes explained. "It felt right. It wasn't about sexy. It was about being a woman."
She added with a laugh, "Sometimes we're topless."
While Holmes' film career is booming right now, she doesn't rule out a return to television. (In addition to the release of The Giver, she's currently filming Woman In Gold opposite Ryan Reynolds and just last week she optioned the rights to All We Had, a new novel about a mother and teen daughter living in poverty.)
"TV right now is a great place to tell stories," said Holmes, who shot to stardom playing Joey on the 1990s teen angst hit Dawson's Creek. "There are so many opportunities to tell any kind of story. You can now stream so much online that it's become a great medium for communicating to the masses."
Her favorite series right now include Girls and the "amazing" Orange Is the New Black.
When I suggest she go for a guest stint on Netflix's prison dramedy, Holmes says she would finally be able to show off her tattoos.
Wait! Katie Holmes has tattoos?
"No, I don't have any tattoos," she said with a laugh. "My child would kill me."