But with the demise of her marriage to Tom Cruise it seems Katie Holmes is determined to return to live as an ordinary member of the public.
The 33-year-old hopped back on the New York subway on Sunday for the second time in a week as she headed to rehearsals for her Broadway show Dead Accounts.
Just her normal commute! A lowkey Katie Holmes rides the subway to rehearsals for Dead Accounts in Manhattan
Still, the actress' fellow commuters certainly didn't seem to have noticed the star in their midst.
Their lack of interest is hardly surprising, with Katie pulling her brown hair back in a simple bun and dressing down in black tights, slippers and a black winter coat.
One thing that did stand out was her smart white designer handbag, which she clutched in her hands.
Who you looking at? Katie obviously hoped to go incognito, sheltering behind a huge pair of dark glasses
Last week she was seen checking her Blackberry as she sat on a subway train.
Using public transport is a stark change from her former life as Mrs Cruise, when she relied not only on chauffeur-driven cars, but also on exclusive A-list travel methods of helicopter ferrying.
But it fits in well with Katie's new approach to life, which has seen her attempting to give her six-year-old daughter Suri a more grounded approach to life.
Off to work: Katie carries her bag as she gets off at her stop
Katie is also said to have a new outlook on men in the wake of her split, having sworn off dating any more actors.
'She says she’s done going out with actors,' a source told
'Jeanne Yang, her business partner for the Holmes & Yang fashion label, has taken Katie to some art gallery openings recently and she’s met tons of interesting artists.
'She’s been saying now that if she does date anyone, it could be someone who works in the arts world. Katie’s more interested in the quiet life now and an unassuming artist would fit the bill perfectly for when she’s ready.'