Katie Holmes, best known for her portrayals of sweet souls like Jackie Kennedy and Dawson's Creek's Joey Potter, is saying goodbye to playing the good girl in favor of taking on a girl interrupted. In her latest movie, Touched With Fire, the actress transforms herself into "Carla"—a poet plagued by bipolar disorder who must navigate life and love all while under the confines of a mental institution.
"When I came across Touched With Fire, it was a revelation," the film's director, Paul Dalio, told The Huffington Post earlier this year. "You go from thinking you're a genetic defect to maybe thinking it's a gift. You go from thinking that I'm going to just get by in life to maybe I can do something meaningful in life with this. There's a beauty to it."
Inspired by his own battle with bipolar disorder, Dalio crafted Holmes's character in his likeness. "Katie's character is what I was like when I first got sick–I was really scared and ashamed of it," he said. "[But then] I embraced lunacy and being a lunatic. That's how I coped with it at this time. The romanticization is what I went through also."
Touched With Fire opens in theaters on Feb. 12, 2016. Watch the trailer below:
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