Katie Holmes was born on the 18th December 1978 in Toledo, Ohio, USA. She is an actress who is best known for her role as Joey Potter on the teen drama television series Dawson's Creek from 1998 to 2003. Katie's part on the show, only her second professional role, made her a star. Her movie roles have ranged from films such as The Ice Storm in 1997 to thrillers such as Abandon in 2002 to blockbusters such as Batman Begins in 2005. In early 2005, Holmes began a highly publicised relationship with actor Tom Cruise. In June, two months after they first met, she became engaged to Cruise. On the 18th November 2006, she and Cruise were married in Italy. Many stories in the press negatively noted Holmes's interest in Cruise's religion, the Church of Scientology, some suggesting she had been coerced or "brainwashed" into it. Soon after beginning her relationship with him, Holmes fired her long-time manager and agent and acquired a new "best friend", Jessica Rodriguez, a prominent member of the Church of Scientology described as part of its "royalty." Rodriguez has been referred to as Holmes’s Scientology "minder" as she is with Katie all the time. Robert Haskell, who wrote W magazine's cover story on Katie, said Rodriguez "was described to me as Holmes's 'Scientology chaperone'.