5 Things You Didn’t Know About Katie Holmes

A reporter once asked Katie Holmes what advice she would give her 20-year-old self. “I’m not so different than I was at 20,” she said. “I still buy too many jeans.” Holmes is 40, but we think she’s had that denim-loving, girl-next-door thing down pat ever since her breakout turn as Joey Potter in Dawson’s Creek. In honor of her birthday, here are five things you may not have known about Katie Holmes.

Tom Cruise was Holmes’s teenage crush. While growing up in Toledo, Ohio, Holmes decorated the walls of her bedroom with posters of some of her favorite heartthrobs, including the Top Gun star. In October 2004, Holmes gushed to Seventeen magazine, “I think every little girl dreams about her wedding. I used to think I was going to marry Tom Cruise.” Holmes and Cruise were an item six months later, became engaged a couple months later, and in short, TomKat was born.