She can’t seem to get away from the pretty-girlfriend roles, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for Bosworth, especially with co-stars as varied as Val Kilmer, Kevin Spacey and Josh Duhamel. Plus, the petite spark plug, 23, nabbed one of the most iconic significant-other roles of all: Lois Lane in this summer’s Superman Returns. “It’s a fun adventure with a lot of special effects, but the emotion is going to surprise people,” she says.
IDOL WORSHIP: “I didn’t watch the original movies for a while because I wanted to start fresh. I approached Lois as a person more so than a comic-book character. If I had thought of her as an icon, I would have gotten very nervous.”
LIVING DOLL: Her Lois Lane action figure has two different color eyes, hazel and blue, just like she does. “That’s a little weird,” she admits.
SMARTY PANTS: A member of the National Honor Society, she was accepted into Princeton, but deferred.
FASHION: Last spring, she made the rounds in Los Angeles at events for Lanvin, Erin Fetherston and Derek Lam. Says stylist and friend Jessica Paster: “What I love about Kate is that I show her the racks and she picks her own clothes and puts them together herself.”
TIME OUT: She’s not known for wild-girl ways, but Bosworth did hit a recent bash at Brett Ratner’s house with pal Cher Coulter, who styles her beau, Orlando Bloom.
BEST SUPERPOWER: “To fly!”
— Marcy medina
Asked if she ever divined going from Iowa farm girl to Hollywood starlet, Monaghan whoops: “Hell no, never in a million years! I really am living my dream.” The actress has had turns both comic (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and gritty (North Country), and even after the Mission: Impossible III onslaught, she’s still wide-eyed at her success. “I’m a little dizzy from it, but it’s definitely a ‘wow’ experience,” she says.
FAMILY MATTERS: Her Midwestern kin are “grinning from ear to ear,” Monaghan says, of her success.
FAVORITE PLACE: The downtown Manhattan dweller loves the cafe The Adore on 13th Street. “It’s a really special little gem.”
CHARACTER STUDY: “Julia [her character and Tom Cruise’s fiancée in M:I III] is a girl next door. She would be considered an ordinary woman by most, but she turns out to be quite extraordinary.”
FASHION: “Jeans, a T-shirt and a little sweater. And flats.” But when the situation calls for glamour, Monaghan’s so there: “There’s nothing better than slipping into an amazing dress and getting all dolled up with a glass of Champagne.”
STRESS MANAGEMENT: “I really like being under pressure. It’s a familiar place to be. Once you overcome one situation, you’re capable of doing it again. It’s dorky, but true.”
UP NEXT: Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone, Baby, Gone, adapted from the novel by Dennis Lehane, costarring Casey Affleck and Ed Harris. “It’s a dark, gritty thriller,” she says.
Blunt shot to fame in the U.K. after starring in 2004’s critically acclaimed My Summer of Love, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. “I owe everything to Pawel,” says the actress, 22. “We felt we were making something special. Most of the film was improvised, so the set was just so atmospheric. We weren’t prepared for success, though.”
PROVENANCE: Hails from London, and currently splits her time between there, Vancouver (where her boyfriend, Canadian jazz singer Michael Bublé, lives) and wherever her latest film might take her. She and Bublé met when Blunt snuck backstage to congratulate him after a concert.
PAST PROJECTS: She was spotted after appearing onstage in a high school production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and, skipping formal acting training, went on to tread the boards in Sir Peter Hall’s play The Royal Family alongside Dame Judi Dench. Since then, Blunt has jumped from one film to the next (“actors hate my story,” she says), starring in My Summer of Love as well as Irresistible with Susan Sarandon.
FASHION: “I prefer jeans, vintage T-shirts, that sort of thing,” says Blunt. Though, having had the pick of the wardrobe closet on The Devil Wears Prada (she plays Meryl Streep’s first assistant), Blunt has developed a taste for the likes of Giambattista Valli, Zac Posen and Sass & Bide.
NO PAIN, NO GAIN: “I laughed so hard filming The Devil Wears Prada.” Though it wasn’t all fun and games: “I was filming a scene with Meryl—we were both cinched in and wearing 4-inch heels. And she just said, ‘Everything hurts.'”
UP NEXT: Wind Chill, a supernatural thriller Blunt just wrapped in Vancouver. “It was hell filming with lockjaw in minus 28 degrees, but we toughed it out,” she says.
— Nina Jones
The Virginia native, 29, had a cameo in last year’s critical hit Broken Flowers and a lead in a little-seen romance, Undiscovered, but she’s poised to make an impression in May’s gritty drama The King, opposite Gael García Bernal and William Hurt. James plays a preacher’s teenage daughter, a role for which she packed 20 pounds onto her lithe frame. “There’s no way I’ll ever play 16 again,” she says, “but that’s Hollywood for you.”
MON PETIT OISEAU: One casting requirement for The King was that actresses had to be under 5 feet, 4 inches to work opposite Bernal. “For once, I had my height going for me,” she says.
KILL SHOT: Appears as one of the victims of the Zodiac killer in David Fincher’s Zodiac this fall. “How do you do your homework when you are playing someone who’s been murdered? It was tough,” she says.
BARFLY: James and her boyfriend live just around the bend from Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. “I’m there all the time,” she says. “It’s my Cheers.”
HOT MAMA: “I love to cook with spices. I make a lot of curries.”
DRESSING DOWN: “I am so over getting dressed for events. It’s frustrating, the whole pecking order of who gets what. I just went to Austin, Tex., and bought 15 vintage dresses.”
UP NEXT: Has a cameo as an escort in the Star Wars-groupie indie Fanboys.
Ironically, petite blonde actress Poésy, 23, is not so well known to her own French-cinema counterparts—unless, of course, they’ve seen Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in which she played icy Fleur Delacour. In fact, her first major role was also an English-speaking one, in the BBC movie Gunpowder, Treason & Plot, in which she impersonated Mary, Queen of Scots.
BONUS: Poésy is bilingual.
BACKGROUND: A serious student, she always put her schoolwork first and has a university degree in arts and entertainment.
BIG BREAK: Her role in Harry Potter. “I never could have imagined the impact it would have on my life and my career,” she says.
FASHION: Loves Chloé, Dior and Balenciaga. “I like the relationships [Balenciaga’s] Nicolas Ghesquière creates with the people he dresses,” Poésy says. Vanessa Bruno and Isabel Marant are also favorites.
UP NEXT: Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe’s film adaptation of Le Grand Meaulnes, in which she plays opposite heartthrob Nicolas Duvauchelle, sometime-star of fashion campaigns, is slated for an October release. Poésy also will take part in Sans Moi, Olivier Panchot’s first feature, and Ildikó Enyedi’s video-game adventure pic Tender Interface, with Paul Giamatti.
GOALS: Improve and broaden her acting skills. “I have a lot yet to learn,” says Poésy.
— Chantal Goupil
As the more glamorous half of British electro-pop act Goldfrapp, Goldfrapp orchestrates eclectic stage outfits that make almost as many waves as her bewitching vocals. The duo (she is joined by film score composer Will Gregory), will be hot on the European festival circuit this summer, as well as touring in support of Depeche Mode and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. “It’s going to be quite full-on I think,” Goldfrapp says. “We’ll have as many lights and glitter cannons as we can muster, and we’ll have all four dancers with their wolf masks and tails.”
ON THE ROAD: “What I really like [about playing festivals] is that you are venturing into the unknown. It’s not until you go on stage that you can judge the mood—or, indeed, the size!—of the crowd. The thing I like least is the traveling and the vagaries of catering.”
GLAM SLAM: “I style myself, essentially. I often forget that I need a way of attaching my in-ear monitor wireless pack, which can lead to some last-minute drama.”
EVERYDAY STYLE: “Definitely dressed down. I don’t go to the shops dressed like I am on stage, you know.” Favorites include Gareth Pugh and Balenciaga.
ON TALK OF A COLLABORATION WITH MADONNA: “Rumors, rumors.”
UP NEXT: “I am absolutely desperate to start writing new material,” she says. “It’s like a muscle that you have to keep exercising or you may not be able to use it anymore—that’s my fear, anyway.”
— Ellen Groves
CORINNE BAILEY RAE
The 26-year-old singer, who hails from Leeds, England, got her first real taste of success when her eponymous debut album shot to number one on the U.K. charts earlier this year. Ever since, she’s been wowing festival crowds with her jazzy ballads.
KNOWN FOR: Her mellifluous pipes, honed by singing harmonies in the church choir.
FASHION: “Short trousers and skirts, and little cardigans with Peter Pan collars.”
STAGE GEAR: “I treat performing as a really big occasion and a chance to dress up.”
TIDBIT: She’s a massive Led Zeppelin fan.
UP NEXT: Celebrating her U.S. album release on June 20, followed by a concert in New York City on June 21. She’ll also play the Troubadour in West Hollywood June 26, and the Café du Nord in San Francisco on June 29.
— Katya Foreman
After a few Australian television roles and an inauspicious bit part in the 2005 Paris Hilton horror flick House of Wax, 24-year-old Lung is being tipped as the Next Big Australian Thing. She made her feature debut in the 2004 film Peaches opposite Hugo Weaving and Jacqueline McKenzie, and had two new films at Cannes this year, Footy Legends and 48 Shades.
PROVENANCE: Sydney. Her family lineage is Chinese, Scottish and French.
FASHION: “I find it so hard to summarize my style because I’m not entirely sure what I am going for,” Lung says. “I guess I’m pretty eclectic. I wear a lot of [Australian brand] Scanlan & Theodore, which is very feminine but kind of embodies that vintage, sophisticated, bit-of-everything look.”
SHOPPING: “I shop at Scanlan & Theodore mostly, and the flea markets. I love a bit of a market!”
DREAM DIRECTORS: “I would love to work with Robert Benton, Quentin Tarantino, Michel Gondry, Woody Allen, the list goes on and on….”
ON THE RISE AND RISE OF AUSTRALIAN ACTORS: “I think they are so popular because they have really worked at their craft. They are not drawn to acting because of accolades or fame. They are really critical of themselves and one another, which means work has to be incredible for it to be recognized.”
UP NEXT: “I’ve been meeting people in L.A. I was offered the lead in a film I had to turn down, as my visa was not ready. When I return to Australia I’ll be doing a short film called The Heist, followed by a TV series called Marx and Venus and then a short called Katoomba, written and directed by Leon Ford.”
— Patty Huntington
This Icelandic songstress recorded her first five songs when she was only 16, shuffling to her day job in a fish factory outside Reykjavik. Written to mark her father’s 50th birthday, the tunes wound up topping charts in Iceland for months. Several years later, Torrini was selected to perform “Gollum’s Song” for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and she also penned a hit for Kylie Minogue (“Slow”). “I thought [Minogue’s people] were crazy when they called. I was sure they got my number mixed up with [British R&B princess] Jamelia’s,” jokes the self-effacing Torrini. “I wrote the song and then went to the pub, thinking they would never use it.”
SOUNDS LIKE: Torrini’s sophomore album, Fisherman’s Women, released last year, wades through acoustic jazz melodies with an underlying folk vibe. Her music echoes her seductive personality and dual nationality—meshing Icelandic enchantment with Italian sensuality.
SUMMER BUZZ: Although she is now based in Brighton, England, there’s no place like home for Torrini, 29. On July 27, she’ll take the stage in Reykjavik with Belle and Sebastian before they all head to the east of the island to a budding music festival Torrini helped found, the Borgarfjörður Eystri. The show made its debut last year inside an iron fishing shack in the tiny coastal town of Borgarfjörður, where, as a child, she spent summers with her grandmother. “It’s a magical place,” she says. Torrini will perform old and new pieces alongside popular Icelandic bands such as Mugison and Slowblow.
FASHION: Like many Icelandic women, Torrini has an unconventional personal style: “I have a very old-school body, a tiny waist and a big Icelandic bottom.” Hence, she prefers vintage dresses and clothes inspired by the Thirties, Forties and Fifties to today’s contemporary looks. “And I love good old Icelandic knitwear,” she says, adding that, though she has taken to the needles herself, “I can only make scarves!”
UP NEXT: She’s writing songs for her next album, due out late next year.
— Emilie Marsh
BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD
“I love to be directed. I think it has something to do with my father,” says 25-year-old Howard, whose dad is famed moviemaker Ron Howard. She had her breakout role two years ago as M. Night Shyamalan’s muse and leading lady in The Village, and since then, has worked with such famed directors as Lars von Trier and Sam Raimi.
PROVENANCE: Grew up in Connecticut, worked a stint as an intern at Vanity Fair and graduated from New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts in 2003. Currently lives in West Hollywood.
One More Night: Howard plays the title role of the water nymph in Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water, opposite Paul Giamatti, which opens in July. “Night actually created the story on a whim, as a bedtime tale for his little girls,” she explains.
STRENGTHS: “I have two: my imagination and my ability to be directed.”
WEAKNESSES: “Sometimes I don’t come in with a strong enough opinion on what a role has to be.”
WORLDWIDE WEB: Howard recently wrapped Spider-Man 3, in which she plays Gwen Stacy, the third point of the Peter Parker-Mary Jane Watson love triangle. “I felt like I had stepped into a well-oiled machine, which was both exciting and comforting,” she says.
HAIR-RAISER: Howard and co-star Kirsten Dunst trade hair colors—Howard went platinum.
FASHION: “I’ve been obsessed lately with Forties silhouettes. I’m planning to visit some costume houses and have some things made up. I much prefer that to shopping,”
SUPER SCRIBE: Howard is penning a feature-length screenplay and a short, financed through Glamour magazine’s Reel Moments series. She was inspired by her mom, writer Cheryl Howard Crew: “As I think about having kids and raising a family, I’m thinking of professions that support that, and of the way my mom always built her career around us.”
UP NEXT: She’ll portray Rosalind in Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of As You Like It. She previously played the role onstage in the New York Public Theater production.
Talk about beginner’s luck. The first role French actress Poidatz landed was in Sofia Coppola’s upcoming Marie-Antoinette, in which she plays the Comtesse de Provence. Coppola’s production generated major buzz in Paris while filming at Château de Versailles, and after a highly anticipated debut at Cannes, will be released in France May 24, and in the U.S. on Oct. 13.
BACKGROUND: After completing her courses at Cours Florent, a well-known acting school in Paris, Poidatz took classes at the Conservatoire.
BIG BREAK: Marie-Antoinette. “I was bored with theater and it was a dream come true,” enthuses the 24-year-old actress.
FASHION: Chanel and Marc by Marc Jacobs are Poidatz’s favorite brands. “And I had been eyeing a vintage Dior dress at the Didier Ludot store, but Reese Witherspoon got it,” she says, alluding to the best-actress Oscar winner’s fashion coup. But Poidatz likes lesser-known contemporary brands, too. “Today, I’m wearing Nocollection.”
GOALS: “To make people dream at the movies. I’m a romantic,” she says.
UP NEXT: Irrésistible, the new Pierre Jolivet film with Sandrine Bonnaire and Juliette Binoche, in which Poidatz plays an anorexic. Already slim, she lost almost 10 pounds for the role. “I spent a weekend in Brittany eating crepes and put it all back on,” she says.
CATALINA SANDINO MORENO
After earning a best-actress Oscar nod for her debut role in Maria Full of Grace, Catalina Sandino Moreno, 25, didn’t work for two years. “I was very picky with my next script because I wanted to follow up with something just as good,” says the Colombian actress, who now lives in New York City. “The whole point of movies is entertainment, but if you can also educate, that’s better.” Indeed, three of her five upcoming projects are reality-based: the Brazilian film Journey to the End of the Night, the Spanish film The Heart of the Earth and Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation.
ON LOCATION: She’s in Madrid until July, filming The Heart of the Earth, based on ecological protests in an Andalusian town. “You don’t find yourself eating a lot of popcorn in the kinds of movies I’m in.”
MISS CONGENIALITY: “I prefer to like people than to not like them. So far I have been lucky that I get along so well with everyone I work with.”
CANNES CAN: In addition to Fast Food Nation, Moreno is in Paris je t’aime. “I had about three days to do it, and I wanted to work with [director] Walter Salles so badly that I just got on a plane without learning the lines or anything.”
BAD BITES: “After making Fast Food Nation, I can never eat McDonald’s again.”
GROUNDED: “I’m from a middle-class family in Colombia. You will never see me coming home in a skirt, high heels, hair and makeup. My mother is always reminding me that, even when you have money and success, you never forget your roots.”
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