>• The indie It Girl, 26, breaks out in her first studio film, opposite Ben Stiller—and savors the yummy perks of a big-budget movie.

THE BASICS

The Sacramento native studied English and theater at Barnard College and caught the acting bug early on: “At 13, I had this overwhelming feeling that I had to act or life would not be worth living.”

SAY THAT AGAIN?

She’s the queen of so-called “mumblecore” films—low budget, largely improvised movies shot on video. “I’m like Julia Roberts at art-house theaters in New York,” she jokes.

LOVING BEN

Her costar Stiller “is so smart and charismatic. But he disappears in the role and I forgot who he was. When we were filming, people would stare and it took me a second to remember why.”

HAM OR TURKEY?

“I couldn’t believe there was a craft-service truck [on the Greenberg set]. Every sandwich meat I could ever want was there.”

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