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STAR AT HOME WITH SHELTERED PAST

This has been a big year for Katie Holmes. Last summer, the "Dawson's Creek" star was a virtual unknown who had just graduated from a Catholic all-girls school in Toledo, Ohio.

Besides her teen television drama hit, the 19-year-old has already made four feature films, "The Ice Storm," "Disturbing Behavior," the independent film "Go!" and "Killing Mrs. Tingle," due out this fall.

Growing up in the Midwest and attending parochial school helped her cope with the sudden change.

"I know I grew up very naive and sheltered, but I like that," Holmes says in the Sept. 17 issue of Rolling Stone. "I feel sad when I see kids who have experienced too much too young. I'm glad I could wait this long before I had to deal with reality."

Holmes' homespun values even shocked "Dawson's Creek" producers. She told them she couldn't fly to Hollywood for an audition when they wanted her to because she was committed to performing in a high school play at the same time. When the shock wore off, the audition was rescheduled.

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