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Actress Stana Katic has found her niche in Hollywood: the tough chick. The 30-year-old Canadian has honed her skills in shows such as 24, Heroes and Alias, as well as the latest James Bond installment, Quantum of Solace. In December, she appears as a rookie cop on the Gotham police force in Frank Miller’s The Spirit, which is based on the comic book of the same name and costars Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson.
PROVENANCE: Born in Toronto to Croatian parents and raised in Chicago, Katic attended the Goodman School of Drama there before moving to Los Angeles.
KARMA CHAMELEON: “I went super blonde and short recently and noticed a change in peoples’ reactions when I walk around the grocery store,” says the natural brunette. “They seem more comfortable saying hello and making jokes. I also really admire the elegant way Carolyn Bessette used to look, and I’d love to grow my hair into that for winter. And I definitely want to try red for a little bit.”
FASHION MUST-HAVE: “I have a one-piece green military jet fighter suit my brother gave me. People see me and they go, ‘Where’s the plane?’”
WANDERLUST: “I just traveled for two months to Yugoslavia, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia and Montenegro and Turkey and Russia. My friends were like, ‘You can’t go! What if Steven Spielberg calls?’ But you don’t always find inspirations sitting on a set.”
LIFE IMITATES ART: “I like to go to the Getty museum about once a week to get inspired. I saw a Monet the other day that I wouldn’t mind having.”
UP NEXT: Aside from The Spirit, Katic will star in the new ABC crime thriller television series Castle, in which she plays a detective. “It’s a dramedy set with the backdrop of procedure,” she explains. “Like Moonlighting meets Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
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