Katie Holmes has come a long way since choosing between Dawson and Pacey. She has four films being released in 2014 alone, one of which is “Miss Meadows,” a dark comedy about a cheerful school teacher with a sociopathic edge. The star sat down at the Soho Apple Store with Indiewire’s Managing Editor Nigel M. Smith last week to chat about the film and her career.
Deemed a “Pulp Fiction Mary Poppins,” Miss Meadows is an eccentric well-mannered elementary school teacher who packs heat to make the world a better place and protect innocence at all costs. Written and directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins, “Miss Meadows” posed a true acting challenge to Holmes as she had to “create a character that was truthful in both realms of being a school teacher and a vigilante.”
Here are just a few highlights from the discussion with Holmes. The film is currently playing in select theaters and is available to view on video on demand platforms.
How Holmes Prepares For Her Roles
When asked how she develops a back story for her roles, Holmes has tried all different tactics to prepare and surprisingly gave credit to her acting coach. She also pointed to the incredible wardrobe department for “Miss Meadows.” She said, “I get very inspired by a look of a character. It gives me something to think about because when you’re playing someone you depend on the little things. In life we pick things out for a reason, so I always get very inspired by working with talented designers and it makes me feel like the character when I get all dressed up.”
One Super Awkward Sex Scene
Holmes shares the screen with James Badge Dale in this film and one fully clothed, uncomfortable sex scene stands out in particular.”It was funny. In the script, it says this was her first experience, so we just thought that she probably would be nervous and giggle. So, that’s just kinda what happened.”
For the Love of Tap Dancing
Miss Meadows loves to play hopscotch and tap dance, which gave Holmes the opportunity to show off her dancing skills. “I love tap dancing. I’ve been tap dancing since before I took tap class because I just needed to move my feet. I really love this about this character because she has this freedom that children have where she just goes on instinct.”
She Shot the Film in 17 Days
Holmes explained that one of the goals of an indie movie is to get a lot done in the shortest amount of time for the least amount of money. Given that “Miss Meadows” was shot in only 17 days, she seemed to think the film achieved that goal. “Everyone was on the same page and it went very smoothly.”
Keeping Up With Her “Dawson’s Creek” Family
It’s not possible to interview Holmes without asking about “Dawson’s Creek.” She calmed all our fears by saying, “We all still keep in touch and support each other and luckily we all have been able to stay busy. It was a wonderful time. It was six years of our lives and we were all really passionate about making it the best it could be. I love them all so dearly.”
Holmes briefly discussed her upcoming project that she will be directing. “I optioned a book and I’m gonna give it a try. It will be a smaller budget. It’s a two person movie about a mother and daughter going across country and I’m really excited about it. Josh Boone, who directed ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ is writing it.”
Check out the full interview below: