updated 05/08/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/08/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Now 25, Delpy is infinitely more cover girl than crone. "It's her eyes and the deep intelligence that lurks behind them," says Richard Linklater, director of the recent film romance Before Sunrise, which showcased Delpy as Ethan Hawke's overnight love interest. Her eyes, and a few other things. "There's a kind of look I have—fair-skinned, blonde—which may be part of why I get certain roles," says Delpy, who grew up in the Paris avant-garde theater community that nourished her actor parents, Albert and Marie. "I don't do much to be this way." Au contraire, she specializes in bad habits: She bites her nails, and she smokes. Yet today, Delpy, who is single, gets stared at more than ever—though the attention no longer bothers her. "I don't have good vision now, but I never wear glasses," she says. "That way I don't see everything."