Katie Holmes


Fame and fortune aside, it turns out Katie Holmes is one pretty down-to-earth gal.

"I still think of myself as Midwestern," the actress told the New York Times while promoting her upcoming Broadway play, Dead Accounts. "I mean, I've had box wine...It's good. And it's a lot easier to open."

The Toledo, Ohio, native added that she definitely identifies with Lorna, her character in the show.

"I'm like Lorna in that my values guide me in an instinctual way, like, 'That feels weird' or 'I better send a thank you,'" Holmes said. "Also, the Midwestern work ethic: You do what you do, and you don't talk about it.

"You don't say, 'Oh, I'm a doctor.' You won't have many friends if you do that. And when you're in the entertainment business where you're applauded for so many things...you can easily fall into thinking, 'Wow, I'm really something.' But I believe in putting your head down and doing the work."

And for Holmes, work has undoubtedly been a good distraction in the wake of her recent attention-getting divorce from Tom Cruise. Fortunately, she also has a supportive family to get her through such challenging times.

"I have these moments where what's going on in my life is unbelievable, and you have to tell everyone to figure out how to respond," she said. "My siblings and I are always on the phone saying: 'Oh my God, what do you think? What does Mom think? What does Dad think?' And then you act accordingly."

Meanwhile, Dead Accounts, which had its preview opening earlier this week, officially opens Nov. 29.

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