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Katie Holmes reflects on career, life after Tom Cruise: 'Focus on the positive'

Katie Holmes reflected on her new professional and personal challenges — including life after she divorced fellow actor Tom Cruise — in a new interview with More magazine.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Katie Holmes attends the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

"You've got to keep going. In every part of your life," she said of life after Cruise, with whom she had a daughter, Suri, before the couple divorced in 2012. "Focus on the positive. Stay creative. Go to things that interest you. Do work that's fulfilling. Challenge yourself. What's amazing about the human spirit, there are so many people doing inspiring things. If you focus on that, it makes your life richer."

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That doesn't necessarily include dating. When asked about that facet of her social life, Holmes replied, "That's not something I want to answer … [I don't] have a five or 10-year plan. I feel like I'm still a teenager in a lot of ways. I do a lot of things I did then. I paint, I color. I cook sometimes. I still feel like a girl. I don't quite feel like a woman, maybe because I'm the baby of my family. I'll probably be 90 and feel like, 'Not a woman yet!' Ha!"

As for publicly discussing the six years she spent as Cruise's wife, that topic, too, was off the table. According to More's Johanna Schneller, who penned the cover story, "Holmes doesn't discuss that part of her life."

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Director Katie Holmes attends the premiere of 'Eternal Princess' at the Shorts Program during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at Regal Battery Park 11 on April 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

Breaking big in the late '90s as a teenage star of "Dawson's Creek," Holmes, now 37, is more open to discussing her career and exploring it in new ways.

"I feel more creative," she said. "I feel ready … When I was a young actor, things happened quickly. My second job was 'Dawson's Creek,' and suddenly I was known. I was 18 years old; I had no life experience. I felt, 'I don’t have anything to bring. I don’t know what it’s like to be, say, really angry. I'm doing the best I can.' But with age I've gained confidence. I understand the kind of stories I want to tell. I have more experience in business. I feel more certain."

More's full cover story on Holmes appears in its February issue, arriving on newsstands next Tuesday.

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