The former ''3rd Rock from the Sun'' vet jumps to the big screen for ''Mysterious Skin'' and ''Brick''

By EW Staff
June 17, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

Age 24

Mustworthiness For once, a child star grows up to become. . .completely normal. After a pit stop at Columbia University, former 3rd Rock From the Sun star Gordon-Levitt resurfaced with two pungent performances at this year’s Sundance festival: As a teen hustler scarred by childhood sex abuse, he gives Mysterious Skin its tender center, and he’s a smart-alecky trip as a detective in the high school crime noir Brick.

On His Must List Mos Def. ”A lot of people today are blasé. It’s easy when you don’t have to commit to anything or put your ass on the line. And he’s the opposite of that.” (We agree; see No. 77.)

Not on His Must List ”High-fructose corn syrup. It makes my teeth feel bad.”

Learning Curve Gordon-Levitt says he attended Columbia after being inspired by his friends’ ”wide-open futures. I wanted that. I wanted to be able to say that I could study physics right then and there, and I did and it was very stimulating.”

Next Shadowboxer, a thriller in which he plays the shady pediatrician lover of ex-Parkers star Mo’Nique. (No, that is not a typo.)