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OCCUPATION: Actress and Columbia University freshman

AGE: 20

HEIGHT: 5'7"

RESIDENCE: Manhattan

MARITAL STATUS: Single

BIG BREAK: This year's interracial romance Save the Last Dance

A REASON TO SMILE: "When I was 17, the first boyfriend I really loved told me my crooked teeth are sexy," says Stiles. "Now they're my favorite feature."

HER APPLE PIE APPEAL: "There's something very American about Julia's face," says Dance director Thomas Carter.

THE RAPUNZEL EFFECT: "She had her hair in a bun when I met her," says Gil Junger, who directed Stiles in 1999's 10 Things I Hate About You. "I asked her to take it down for the screen test—and I almost proposed on the spot!"