CAN BE SEEN: In “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” and “A Cinderella Story.”
SOUTHERN BELLE: Born in Buenos Aires and moved to Miami at age eight. Got her start in modeling and commercials.
FUNNY FACE: A self-professed comedy addict: “I was pretty much born to make people laugh.”
SIDEKICK: Ebony, her poodle.
FASHION?: Just discovered the thrill of shopping. “But I’m too shy to ask for clothes on-set.”
UPCOMING: This Thanksgiving’s “Christmas With the Cranks,” as the daughter of Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis.

CHANNELING: Elizabeth Hurley
BIG BREAK: The Manchester, England, native started acting at 14 and debuted on London’s West End in 1999.
LADY LUCK: Currently plays casino pit boss Nessa on NBC’s “Las Vegas,” though she’s never gambled.
ON-SCREEN STYLE: Glamorous vixen inspired by “Love Boat,” “Miami Vice” and “Dynasty.”
FASHION?: Mad for labels. Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Chloé, Chanel, Marni, Armani, Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta accessories and, for cheap thrills, London’s Topshop.
UPCOMING: “The Nickel Children,” a gritty tale about child prostitution. “I get to wear crap makeup.”

This story first appeared in the August 3, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

CROSSOVER POTENTIAL: A superstar in Hong Kong, where she’s made several action flicks, including Jackie Chan’s “Rumble in the Bronx” (1995) and the Jet Li films “Black Mask” (1996) and “Romeo Must Die” (2000).
OH, CANADA: A Vancouver native, she’s the trilingual product of a Chinese father and a French mother.
KICKS BUTT: Of her role as a scientist hunting down giant worms in “Alone in the Dark,” she says, “running around with a semi strapped to your waist and shooting things is kind of fun. I’m 5-foot, 8-inches, and I don’t look like someone could beat me up easily.”
FASHION?: Her style is equal parts feminine and punk, thus her style icons are Nicole Kidman and Gwen Stefani.
MARTHA STEWART WANNABE: Lives to eat and cook. “Just dump me in a local supermarket and I’m done for the afternoon.”
UPCOMING: Appears in three films this fall: “Alone in the Dark,” an alien thriller costarring Christian Slater and Tara Reid; “Blade: Trinity” with Wesley Snipes, and “The Deal” opposite Selma Blair. In 2005, she takes on Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman and Justin Timberlake in “Edison.”

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