Katie Holmes became a household name as Joey Potter, the moody tomboy everyone rooted for, on Dawson's Creek

By Michele Corriston
March 30, 2018 12:00 PM
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Katie Holmes became a household name as Joey Potter, the moody tomboy everyone rooted for, on Dawson’s Creek. But another actress almost scored the part, creator Kevin Williamson reveals in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, which reunited the cast for the first time since the teen drama’s 2003 finale.

Williamson, 53, tells EW that he was originally eyeing Cruel Intentions star Selma Blair for the role.

Selma Blair (left) and Katie Holmes
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“I really loved Selma until, of course, I got the infamous videotape from the basement of the Holmes family in Toledo, Ohio,” he says, referencing Holmes’ last-minute audition tape filmed in her parents’ house. “And when that video showed up, it changed my whole life.”Dawson’s Creek thrust the then little-known actress into the spotlight with instant fame; she says the cast grew up together filming in Wilmington, North Carolina.

“I was still a teenager, and it was nice to read a script that felt like it expressed things that I was still trying to understand for myself and, I mean, the experience was very overwhelming because I was brand-new,” says Holmes, 39. “It was my second job, and I didn’t even know really, like, where to look.”

From left: Selma Blair, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Katie Holmes
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Another casting scoop? Grey’s Anatomy‘s Katherine Heigl was a top contender for reformed party girl with a heart of gold Jen, eventually played by Michelle Williams.

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