Ladder 49's: Jacinda Barrett
As Joaquin Phoenix's wife in Ladder, Barrett, 32, faces the scary stuff—but she's hot stuff at the movies this season. In November's Bridget Jones sequel, she plays Renée Zellweger's rival for the affection of Colin Firth. A model as a teen, Barrett quit the runway, she says, after a photographer told her, "Don't think. Just be a model." Since then, she's been on a winning streak: As one of the flatmates on MTV's Real World: London in 1995, she notoriously ran down a street naked on a dare. She bared all again in her breakthrough role in last year's The Human Stain. But, sadly, Barrett's hectic workload has kept her from setting a date with her fiancé of over a year, The Recruits Gabriel Macht, 32, with whom she shares her Hollywood house. "I haven't been home in a year," she says. "I can't even wrap my mind around planning a wedding."