Cruise marriage doesn't define me: Holmes

"I don't want that moment in my life to define me," says Katie Holmes.
"I don't want that moment in my life to define me," says Katie Holmes. Photo: Getty

Actress Katie Holmes says she doesn't want her marriage to Tom Cruise to define her.

More than two years after Holmes filed for divorce from the Hollywood star, the 35-year-old has opened up about life following her six-year marriage.

And she wants it to be known that she's more than just Cruise's ex-wife.

"I don't want that moment in my life to define me, to be who I am," Holmes told People magazine.

"I don't want that to be what I'm known as. I was an actor before, an actor during and an actor now."

Holmes said she's moved to tears whenever she recalls the warm welcome she received from New Yorkers following her split from Tom Cruise, because complete strangers were so supportive of the single mother.

The Batman Begins star relocated from California to the Big Apple in 2012 to start a new life with her daughter Suri, now eight.

She admitted she relied on the kindness of strangers to get her through the tough time.

"When I got to New York City, the amount of support I got from strangers, it makes me cry," she said.

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"So many people just opened their apartments to us and helped us in so many ways.

"In New York it's like, a big game of (playground favourite) Red Rover where people come together and won't break that bond. They have your back and you hold on."

Holmes is set to reprise her role as Jackie Kennedy in a new TV mini-series and will also appear in a new black comedy Miss Meadows.

On top of a number of new projects, including The Giver, the actress will also make her directorial debut for a big-screen adaptation of Annie Weatherwax's book All We Had.

But her learning experience doesn't stop at her professional life - Holmes has been discovering new things all the time at home with Suri.

"I'm learning every day and I have been since the minute I became a mum," she said.

"My patience has grown but between 4pm and 6pm. I mean, wow.

"Between tickle fights and glitter art, I try to throw in some manners along the way."

AAP