Like many Hollywood stars whose rises to the top have been reduced by the media to a few short anecdotes, Kate Bosworth has nuggets of lore that follow her everywhere she goes. First, there is the physical oddity: She has heterochromia iridium, meaning that her eyes are two different colorsone hazel, one blue. Then there are her Schwab’s Pharmacy-tinged beginnings. A horse lover at 13, she scored the role of Scarlett Johansson’s best friend in Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer (the character is killed, naturally, in the film’s first scene) after she brought a family Christmas card featuring her photo as her head shot to the audition. Then came her Flashdance moment when she decided, against the wishes of her father back in Cohasset, Massachusetts, to defer her acceptance to Princeton University in favor of going after a part in the surfing confection Blue Crush, whichlucky ladymade her a star. Now we can add another yarn to this already well-knit biography. Bosworth actually tried to persuade director Bryan Singer not to cast her as Lois Lane in this summer’s much awaited blockbuster, Superman Returns.
On June 28, Bosworth enters the annals of comic-book and film history as the latest incarnation of the fast-talking, cigarette-smoking, nose-for-a-story journalist. This time around, Lois has a child, who may or may not be the son of the Man of Steel. “Well, that’s the million-dollar question,” Bosworth says, giggling, as she sits in the lobby of the Mercer Hotel in New York, digging into some French toast. Compact and petite with perfect skin, Bosworth seems softer and less painfully thin than she has in recent photographs.
When I suggest that it’s more like the $200 million dollar questionthe reported budget for Singer’s adaptation, the first Superman film since 1987Bosworth recoils in mock horror and covers those piercing eyes and glorious cheekbones.
“Don’t say that to me!” she exclaims. “It freaks me out!”
Bosworth has a lot riding on Superman Returns, even though she believes her name on the marquee will have little bearing on the film’s success. “It won’t be because of me,” she says. “It’ll be because of Superman.” But, like Spider-Man did for Kirsten Dunst, Superman has the potential to turn the former lacrosse-playing, bubbly blond girl next door into a worldwide star. Bosworth will undoubtedly be trailed by comics-obsessed dweebs for years to come, adding to the attention already generated by her four-year, on-and-off relationship with British dreamboat Orlando Bloom. The prospect has filled her with dread ever since Kevin Spacey, who plays Lex Luthor in the movie and directed her as Sandra Dee in his 2004 Bobby Darin biopic, Beyond the Sea, proposed her for the role of Lois Lane.