updated 07/06/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/06/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Wrong. The 31-year-old ingenue beat out more than 150 competitors by charming star Harrison Ford and director Ivan Reitman with a quirky, if improvised, Latin accent. On the film's Hawaii set, she proved even more ambidextrous. After a scene in which she gives Ford a back massage in bed, Obradors recalls telling him," 'You know, I've got the best job today' He said, 'No, you don't. I do.' "
Obradors, who grew up in a close-knit Catholic family in the San Fernando Valley, was uncomfortable explaining her risqué scenes to her Argentine-immigrant parents Albert, 76, the retired owner of an office-cleaning business, and church worker Angie, 68. Jackie, says boyfriend John Garcia, an actor she met while filming a Tater Tots commercial, is "very spiritual."
Not to mention enterprising. Obradors, who rents a Spanish-style, two-bedroom house in L.A., is shopping for a new manager. "While you're the flavor of the month," she explains matter-of-factly, "you've got to play it up."