Since finalizing her quickie divorce from Tom Cruise on Aug. 20, Katie Holmes has a new lease on life — and a new man on her arm!
The 33-year-old actress has been spending time out in New York City with actor Jeremy Strong, 33, with whom she co-starred in a low-key performance of the play One Day When We Were Young at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts last month.
“They’ve been friends for years,” an insider reveals. “Other than her parents, Jeremy was the only person who knew Katie was moving to New York — and the first person she saw when she arrived.”
And Jeremy’s mother, Maureen Strong, tells Star exclusively, “He told me, ‘Mom, she’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met; so authentic and down-to-earth. She’s the real deal.’ ” They’re so close, adds Maureen, that Jeremy “even went to her and Tom’s house for Christmas.”
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