In the wake of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise surprise end their five-year marriage, it appears that the signs of a life without Katie’s former high school crush, where there for several months…

Meet the Katie Holmes you’ve never seen before. In the midst of the media glare, she built an old-fashioned family life and an acclaimed fashion company.

Now the girl from down the creek is tackling challenging roles with a hip new confidence and a not-so-innocent sex appeal that has everyone watching.On being in her 30s: “I definitely feel much more comfortable in my own skin. I feel sexier. I think in my twenties – it’s like you’re trying too hard to figure everything out…I’m starting to come into my own. It’s like a new phase.”

On whether being Mrs. Tom Cruise helped her in the industry: “Things are not handed to anyone. If anything, you work a little bit harder when you’re in such visible circumstances.”
Read the full interview in US Elle August issue on newsstands July 17