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Who’s Got “It”?

Talented, gorgeous and multidimensional, Hollywood’s newest crop of "It" Girls is anything but boring. When their immediate predecessors — Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Selma Blair — hit the scene, they all played boho girl...

Advice Via the Grapevine: From Meryl Streep to Chris Cooper to Banks’ ear — "When you feel like you’re not fulfilling the needs of a scene, stop whining and get over it."

Hyper Activities: An avid athlete, she plays basketball and tennis, hikes and is currently reading "Bel Canto: A Novel" by Ann Patchett in her book club.

Up Next: She will play horse owner Marcella Howard in "Seabiscuit," due in July, which stars Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges, and will reprise her role as Betty Brant in "The Amazing Spider-Man," due next year.



EVA MENDES

Channeling: J. Lo

Lucky Break: Discovered at a garage sale by a fashion photographer.

Origins: First-generation Cuban-American, reared in L.A.

Product placement: Her Revlon ad campaign just broke.

Fashion?: Latino sexy, loves anything Roberto Cavalli, but is practical. "I find the concept of not wearing something twice absolutely ridiculous."

Home Study: Interior design buff and mid-20th-century furniture. Her biggest splurge was a set of Herman Miller chairs.

Write Stuff: College dropout now penning a Seussian children’s book "Crazy Legs," introducing kids to art and history.

Sound Byte: "You just gotta not buy into this industry’s b.s."

Up Next: "Stuck On You," Farrelly Brothers flick with Matt Damon; "Out of Time" with Denzel Washington; "2 Fast 2 Furious" with Paul Walker.



KELLY BROOK

Channeling: Elizabeth Hurley

Big Break: Capitalized on her gigs as a lingerie model and the famous girlfriend of actor Jason Statham to become host of the U.K. talk show "The Big Breakfast" at 19. A household name in Britain, she’s still unknown in the U.S. "That’s very grounding. I needed to be a struggling actor."

Arm Candy: Lives with her beau of five years, Statham, a Guy Ritchie regular ("Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch"). Brook and Statham divide their time between South Central London and West Hollywood.
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