Katie Holmes opened up about the "new phase" of her life, in an interview conducted six weeks before her divorce.
In the August cover story of Elle magazine, Holmes said that she did not know herself very well when she began dating Tom Cruise, at the age of 26.
"I think in my twenties - it's like you're trying too hard to figure everything out," Holmes told Elle magazine. "I definitely feel much more comfortable in my own skin. I feel sexier... I'm starting to come into my own. It's like a new phase."
Holmes, who filed for divorce from Cruise on June 28, hinted in the interview that she didn't want to be defined by her high-profile husband.
"He has been Tom Cruise for 30 years," Holmes told the magazine. "I know who I am and where I am and where I want to go, so I want to focus on that."
The actress, who rose to fame portraying Joey Potter on "Dawson's Creek" also said that she didn't believe her marriage had helped her to succeed in Hollywood.
"Things are not handed to anyone," Holmes said. "If anything, you work a little bit harder when you're in such visible circumstances."
The divorce filing had reportedly come as a "complete surprise" to Cruise, who was in Iceland shooting the sci-fi flick "Oblivion." Cruise attorney said the actor is concentrating on his children. Cruise and Holmes share a 6-year-old daughter, Suri, and the actress is seeking full custody of the child.
Cruise and Holmes were married in a Scientology ceremony in 2006 in Italy. This was her first marriage and Cruise's third - he was previously married to actress Mimi Rogers between 1987 and 1990 and to actress Nicole Kidman. The two wed in December of that year and divorced in 2001. They have two adopted children - Isabella, 19, and his son Connor, 17.
Cruise's lawyer, Bert Fields, released a statement to the BBC on July 3, explaining that his client is waiting for the media frenzy to die down before he files for divorce himself.
"Tactically we can't say where Tom will file a divorce case and if he'll be seeking joint custody of Suri," Fields told the BBC. "We are letting 'the other side' play the media until they wear everyone out and then we'll have something to say. It's not Tom's style to do this publicly. He is really sad about what's happening."