It seems, according to Radar Online, that Spelling and Holmes had met at least one time before, when both were young actresses on hit teen shows. Spelling, a star of “Beverly Hills, 90210” was friends with one of Holmes’ (then on “Dawson’s Creek”) movie co-stars at the time. Thus, a whole group of them went out to dinner.
“‘Dawson’s Creek’ Katie was exactly what you’d expect,” Spelling says in the book. “She was wearing jeans and a tank top. Her hair was down. She was shy but engaging, and altogether pretty adorable.”
This wasn’t the Katie Holmes that Tori Spelling would meet several years later in the waiting room for a vocal coach. Spelling describes the meeting as follows:
“As I sat waiting outside his music room, I heard his prior appointment working with him in the other room. It was some actress singing horribly off-key … That made me feel better. I heard him say good-bye and then the actress walked out of the room. It was Katie Holmes …
I didn’t know whether we should hug or shake hands. But the signal from her was immediately clear: Don’t even come close. I instantly got nervous. We clearly weren’t going to catch up on the last ten years. And we certainly weren’t going to talk about her husband, Tom Cruise.”
At that point, Spelling apparently decided it was time to talk about their kids, mentioning that she had children of about the same age as Holmes’ daughter, Suri. Holmes replied to this with a disdainful “Oh do you?” according to Spelling’s book.
“Then I was annoyed … Come on. Okay, I know you’re busy. But you’re in the public eye. Don’t tell me you don’t follow the tabloids. Don’t tell me you don’t know anything about other celebrities and their kids.
Then we stood there. She was just plastic. In a perfectly polite way … My pits were drenched. I never sweat. It was that awkward. I thought, I know you’re not a robot because you can’t sing for s*** …
As my anxiety faded, I just felt sorry for her. I hadn’t expected her to reminisce, but this was a totally different person from the girl I’d met at Trader Vic’s. I felt sad for her. Those paparazzi photos, the ones where she looks like she’s miserable but putting on a happy face? That’s what she looked like in person.
Not long after that encounter, the news would break that she and Tom had split up.”