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Texas native Nora Zehetner earned the ire of Everwood fans when she burst onto the small screen in 2003 and split up the show’s beloved Ephram and Amy. The 27-year-old later vamped it up as a femme fatale in the dark teenage drama Brick, which garnered a prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Next, the Audrey Tatou look-alike, who wielded the power of persuasion for her turn on Heroes, works her magic on Adrien Brody in The Brothers Bloom, which opens in January.
HARD AT WORK: Zehetner says seducing Brody on the Serbian set of The Brothers Bloom—helmed by Brick writer-director Rian Johnson—was no easy task. “I basically traveled for 24 hours to get there, and it was freezing,” she recalls. “At six in the morning, I’m climbing on a table and trying to kiss him and it was a little bit nerve-racking. He’s won an Academy Award!”
FASHIONABLE BEGINNINGS: “My mom was a model, so I grew up watching Style With Elsa Klensch when I was eight and drinking English breakfast tea on Saturday mornings, as opposed to watching cartoons and eating cereal.”
FIRST SPLURGE: The former catalogue model scored $200 for her first photo shoot in the third grade. “I bought a CD player, and that was when they were really expensive. I was so proud of that.” Her next big purchase came several years later, at the age of 21. “I remember the first coat I bought was a Mayle coat that was $1,000 and that was such a big deal,” says Zehetner, who balances out her love of top designers with trips to H&M.
LUNCH LADIES: At the University of North Texas, Zehetner hung out with classmate Norah Jones. “I used to sit at lunch with her every day, and we used to argue over whose name was spelled right,“ she recalls. “Suddenly she’s the hugest thing ever.”
UP NEXT: A role in the romantic comedy Spooner, which should hit the festival circuit in 2009. “It was fun to do something kind of light.” But not too light: The lead character, played by Matthew Lillard, destroys her car so she can’t leave town. “He’s smitten with me. It’s just kind of sweet.”