Picks and Pans Review: Introducing

UPDATED 05/16/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/16/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

Leila Arcieri

AGE: 31 LAST SEEN: On Jamie Foxx's arm NOW PLAYING: A former bad girl turned born-again Christian in the comedy King's Ransom

RED-CARPET RIDE: Being Jamie Foxx's steady date throughout awards season "was thrilling," says Arcieri. The two have since broken off their romance, but "we'll always be friends," she says. "I adore him." he two have been close for years. "I know she digs me," Foxx told PEOPLE last summer, "because she was there when I was just trying to figure out how to get from point A to point B."

ON HER OWN:

After starring on TV's Baywatch satire Son of the Beach, the San Francisco native—whose heritage is African-American, Native American, Jewish and Italian-landed a recurring role as Taye Diggs's lawyer love interest on UPN's Kevin Hill and her turn in King's Ransom. "She's an up-and-comer," says Ransom director" Jeff Byrd. "She's a beautiful woman, but there's a lot underneath."

GENDER BENDER: "I'm part dude," Arcieri claims. "I kind of have the attitude of a guy. I'm not very sensitive. I'm frank." And tough: A fight at 16 left her opponent with six stitches ("She was trying to get with my man, and I was not having it").

UP NEXT: The L.A. resident, who says she's seeing "a special person," plans to keep learning on the job. "Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a movie star," she says. "Come to find out years later how much work it takes."

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