Katie Holmes shows off her hot looks and flashes her independence in a new photo shoot that suggests her plans to divorce husband Tom Cruise were in the works for quite awhile before she ended the marriage.

Holmes, 33, who is getting right back to work post-divorce with a planned stint on Broadway, looks confident, sexy and in charge of her life in the photos, which appear in lifestyle magazine C, short for California style.

Holmes is not wearing her wedding ring in the photos.

Check out Katie’s photos; click to enlarge.

“Going back over the [interview] tapes, there were signs: Holmes was certainly very aware of herself, laying a couple cards on the table but never showing her whole hand,’ Senior Editor Kelsey McKinnon told fashion magazine WWD.

The interview took place the day before she filed her surprise divorce. “Most noticeably, the one name decisively absent from her lexicon: Tom Cruise. She never actually refers to him by name over pages and pages of transcription,” she added.

“I don’t know. I mean…I don’t know,” she replied when asked if Suri had brought her closer to her husband. “People have been having babies a long time.”

Katie’s shock divorce put the spotlight on the Church of Scientology. Cruise is a fervent devotee and moved quickly to settle their split to protect the church from scrutiny. Holmes received full custody of Suri.

Holmes will returning to Broadway in the fall to star in new play Dead Accounts, by Pulitzer Prize winner Theresa Rebeck. She debuted on Broadway in 2008 in a revival of Arthur Miller’s play All My Sons. She is also working on a new line for her fashion label Holmes & Yang, for New York Fashion Week.

Check out her photos above.