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The Next Files: Rebecca Hall

What’s next for the ”Vicky Cristina Barcelona” star

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THE HOT PROJECT
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

BUT YOU KNOW HER FROM…
The Prestige

Why she’s here to stay
As the American whose prim worldview is shaken by a painter (Javier Bardem), Hall is the surprisingly affecting heart of Woody Allen’s latest film.
Annie Hall déjà vu
Hall’s first day on set was spent in a kitchen with live lobsters. ”I was scared, but I looked at Woody and he was just staring at the lobsters with acute melancholia that they were about to die. It was horrible and funny at the same time.”
The family trade
Hall, 26, hails from stage royalty: Her father formed the Royal Shakespeare Company. ”I didn’t want to go to drama school because I felt I learned an awful lot just from the way I was brought up.”
Coming up
Ron Howard’s Oscar-buzzy Frost/Nixon this year and a Nicole Holofcener film in ’09. Despite her lineage, Hall’s no stage snob: ”I’ve always been a film geek.”