katie holmes oct 2012 gi Katie Holmes channels her Midwestern roots for Broadway's 'Dead Accounts'In her new Broadway play, Katie Holmes plays a woman who moves back in with her parents in Cincinnati after a relationship falls apart.

She can relate — at least to the Midwestern setting and the values of the family at the center of “Dead Accounts.”

“I still think of myself as Midwestern,” Holmes tells The New York Times in an interview with her and “Dead Accounts” co-star, Norbert Leo Butz. “I mean, I’ve had box wine. It’s good. And it’s a lot easier to open.”

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Holmes deflects any questions related to her personal life and very public divorce from Tom Cruise, preferring instead to talk about what she sees of herself in her character, Lorna. One thing that resonates with her, she says, is the “Midwestern work ethic.”

“You do what you do, and you don’t talk about it,” she says. “You don’t say, ‘Oh, I’m a doctor.’ You won’t have many friends if you do that. And when you’re in the entertainment business where you’re applauded for so many things … you can easily fall into thinking, ‘Wow, I’m really something.’ But I believe in putting your head down and doing the work.”

“Dead Accounts” is in previews now and opens on Nov. 29. 

Posted by:Rick Porter