Almost Famous

Oh, the struggles of a starlet. "It's challenging to find the right thing," says Nora Zehetner, 25.

Los Angeles — Oh, the struggles of a starlet. "It's challenging to find the right thing," says Nora Zehetner, 25. "I hear a lot of 'Oh, sorry, Scarlett is doing that' or 'Natalie Portman got that part.' It's not usually up to me." That doesn't mean she isn't working hard. Fans who are used to watching the doe-eyed waif play the good girl on The WB drama "Everwood" will finally get to see her bad-girl side as she takes on the role of Laura, the femme fatale, in the thriller "Brick," out Friday and also starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emilie de Ravin. Zehetner recently dished to WWD on the perils and the perks of being on the verge.

WWD: Where are you from?

Nora Zehetner: Dallas. I don't have an accent anymore.

WWD: What's up next?

N.Z.: I play the young Helena Bonham Carter [character] in "Conversations With Other Women." It's about a couple, played by she and Aaron Eckhart, who remeet at a wedding. You end up learning their history in the course of one night. After that, I'm in the MTV Films horror movie "Beneath."

WWD: Film or TV?

N.Z.: Television can be amazing, but I love to create new characters and shed that skin and move on to something else.

WWD: How did you break into Hollywood?

N.Z.: I had planned on going to college here, but the plan was to see if I could try the acting thing first. After one month in Los Angeles, I did a commercial for AT&T, then got cast in my first film, "Tart."

WWD: So you've had it easy?

N.Z.: You think that everything is going to be easy and then you don't work for six months.

WWD: What do you do between jobs?

N.Z.: Right now I'm taking an art history class at Otis and a French class at the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute. I'm trying to be somewhat productive with my time.
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