Katie Holmes- also known as Mrs. Tom Cruise- has a nice side gig coming up.
Holmes- who has mainly stuck to film after her role as Joey on the 90’s teen hit Dawson’s Creek– will be appearing on a Halloween-themed episode of the CBS hit How I Met Your Mother. Holmes will be featured in the show’s Halloween storylines as the famed Slutty Pumpkin.
In a much earlier Halloween episode, much like the Peanuts “Great Pumpkin” storyline, lead character Ted Mosby spends a Halloween night waiting for a girl he’d met at a previous Halloween party, known only as the Slutty Pumpkin to him. In the show’s timeline, Ted met the girl- and had really liked her- at the 2001 gathering, but lost her phone number when the Kit Kat on which he’d written it was given away by Lily.
Ted’s sole bits of information about the Slutty Pumpkin are that she enjoys a root beer and Kahlua concoction called a Tootsie Roll, and that she once studied penguins. Each year, he revisits the old party dressed in his costume from 2001, a hanging chad, in hopes he will one day reconnect with the Slutty Pumpkin.
NY Mag broke the story and spoke to one of the series’ creators about Holmes’ role:
“Katie is a lovely and talented actress, which is why we’ve saved for her perhaps the most classily named character in our show’s history,” series co-creator Craig Thomas told New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, who first reported the casting news.
“[The role was] literally six seasons in the making,” Thomas said.
The episode will air at the end of next month.