The Viceroy hotel in Santa Monica is a sanctuary for the jet
set: Bikini‑clad beauties, exhausted from swiping daddy's credit
card, sip mojitos poolside, baby oil
glistening from their pilates‑sculpted stomachs. Their Von Dutch
hat‑wearing boyfriends sunbath next to them, pretending to work
(e.g.: read scripts) while they take "very important" calls on
their cell phones. Ah, the good life. They're too busy looking
and acting fabulous to care about what's going on around them ‑
that is, until she walks in.
She is not like them. No cell phone attached
to her ear. No furious typing on her blackberry. No big black
sunglasses to hide behind. She enters the pool area, an outdoor
conclave of trendy white chaise lounges and poolside cabanas
(LA's version of the Garden of Eden). Even wearing a layered
tank top, a flowy, knee‑length skirt and flip flops, she somehow
has more allure than her half‑naked counterparts. She glides
through the sea of sparkling wannabes to her poolside cabana,
where her Bloody Mary awaits in anticipation.
At first the crowd pretends not to notice
her, but that doesn't last long. She's too intoxicating. One guy
even flips open his cell phone, points it in her direction and
snaps a shot when no one's looking. He knows it's tacky, but he
can't help it. She's beautiful.
How beautiful, you ask? That's a tough one.
She's got the tousled locks of Daryl Hannah circa Splash,
the statuesque silhouette of Bo Derek in 10 and, best of
all, the innocent/wanton smile of Brooke Shields in Blue
Lagoon. Even her feet are good.
But that's not all. She's also got a
personality... and a sense of humor. A true triple threat.
You recognize her from that show, Grey's
Anatomy. She plays the "pretty" surgical resident, Izzy. You
like her character. Since you've got your laptop in front of
you, you type her name into Imdb.com. According to her bio she
was raised in Connecticut and became a model at age nine after
her aunt sent in her photos to an agency. Then came the big
screen: That Night (1992) with Juliette Lewis, Steven
Soderbergh's King of the Hill (1993), and her first
starring role as Gérard Dépardieu's
daughter in My Father the Hero (1994). You remember her
best from Under Siege 2 (1995), Bride of Chucky
(1998) and TV's Roswell. And in October she'll star in
the The Ringer alongside Johnny Knoxville.
Bloody Mary almost sucked dry, Katherine
looks at her watch. The pool crowd, still keeping tabs on her,
look up from their copies of US Weekly when a overly dressed
woman enters the scene. She's carrying
a tape recorder, a pen and paper, so you figure she's
there to do an interview.
They start chatting
about growing up in Connecticut, Katherine’s transition into
acting, her big break. You’re about to lose interest... then you
hear the words “Angelina Jolie.”
"At the same time as Under Siege 2, I had another offer on a film called
Hackers," says Katherine "Yeah, Angelina - and it was for
that role. My agency basically committed me to Under Siege
before I had a chance to make a decision. I really wanted to do
Hackers so I was super disappointed, but Under Siege
ended up being another amazing experience."