Over the last few months, Katie Holmes has been living the full New York City lifestyle, but the actress said she still thinks of herself as a girl from the Midwest.
Holmes and her 6-year-old daughter Suri Cruise relocated to New York City from Los Angeles earlier this year after Holmes split from husband Tom Cruise. Holmes and Suri have been spotted walking the New York streets and hitting up local zoos and playgrounds, and now Holmes is set to do something quintessentially New York — appear on Broadway.
The actress, 33, stars in the new play "Dead Accounts," which also stars Judy Greer, Jayne Houdyshell and Norbert Leo Butz, who is a two-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Actor. The play officially opens to the public on Nov. 29, and until then the cast will be working on preview performances to sort out last-minute details and perfect their performance.
In a new interview with The New York Times to promote the play, Holmes also discussed holding on to her Midwestern values.
"I still think of myself as Midwestern," Holmes said. "I mean, I've had box wine...It's good. And it's a lot easier to open."
The actress also compared herself to Lorna, the character she plays in "Dead Accounts."
"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."
Holmes' roots in the Midwest also include her family, who said she is still very close with and whom she relies on for advice.
"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."