Katie Holmes talks about her journey and parenthood in Ocean Drive's December cover story

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Looking back on her life to this point, Katie Holmes has no regrets.

“I don’t regret anything that I’ve done,” the actress, 36, tells Ocean Drive in its December cover story. “I’ve learned from everything, and everything sort of leads you to the next place. I just keep going.”

Holmes, who’s been single since her 2012 divorce from Tom Cruise, says, “I have a very normal life, and I happen to work in an industry that is abnormal. Daily life, I take a train and cab; it’s just about getting from here to there, and I don’t care how I do it. I have to get there.”

As for her career, Holmes says, “I don’t shy away from risks. I’m just interested in a lot of different things. I don’t even think of it as a risk; I think of it as something exciting and new.”

The actress, who appeared in the last season of Ray Donovan, is set to star and make her directorial debut in All We Had, an adaptation of Annie Weatherwax’s novel. Holmes will follow that project up with another turn on both sides of the camera, directing an episode of the upcoming miniseries The Kennedys – After Camelot, in which she’ll reprise her role as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

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“As I’ve grown up, I think that the harder you work the more successful you are,” says Holmes. “From what I have seen, the people at the top, they’re just constantly working and constantly surrounding themselves with other successful, like-minded creative people.”

That dedication is also a quality she hopes to instill in her daughter, Suri, 9. “[Motherhood] changes you completely in such amazing ways, and I think that you become who you were meant to be,” says Holmes. “Being a parent also is a source of inspiration to just work really hard. You want to set an example – and, you know, [your kids] are what drives you.”