Chris Klein on Life After Katie

Chris Klein on Life After Katie
Katie Holmes and Chris Klein
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11/09/2005 AT 03:00 PM EST

Chris Klein and his former fiancée Katie Holmes – who's now engaged to Tom Cruise – don't talk anymore, Klein tells PEOPLE in its latest issue, but, he's not looking for sympathy.

"I'm dating. I'm out and about," he says. "I do a lot of surfing, some weight work, yoga." But his main joy is his work. "I find myself really inspired to continue pushing myself."

That may be an understatement: Klein, 26, has five movies due out in the next year, including the comedy Just Friends, opening Nov. 23.

Of his five-year relationship with the future Mrs. Tom Cruise, he says, "I look back on Katie and my time with her with a great fondness. The opportunities that we had to be together, to be in love and grow together, are something that I will always cherish, and I know she will too."

Not that he doesn't express concern about her recent foray into Scientology. "I hope that she's making decisions that are making her happy," he told TV's Access Hollywood, "and that she doesn't have people in her life leading her astray."

As for Klein, has he any inclinations of his own toward marriage and parenthood? "Boy, I think I do," he admits. "A couple years ago, I sure did. It seemed a whole lot closer than it seems now. But, you know, life takes crazy turns. … Do I think it’s a feasible option that I’d like to experience down the road? Yeah. But is it something I see in the near future? Not even close."

As for what kind of mother he thinks Holmes, who is expecting her first child with Cruise, will be, Klein says: "I think she'll be great."

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