Hope Davis
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It’s time that Hope Davis became a star

WHERE YOU KNOW HER FROM About Schmidt (2002), where she played Jack Nicholson’s exasperated, soon-to-be-married daughter

WHERE ELSE? She played comic book author Joyce Brabner (a.k.a. Mrs. Harvey Pekar) in American Splendor (2003) and the suburban housewife adrift in Manhattan in The Daytrippers (1996).

MUST-SEE ROLE She’s a Boston nurse stumbling into romance via the personals in the comedy Next Stop Wonderland (1998).

WHY SHE SHOULD BE A STAR Like Wonderland costar Philip Seymour Hoffman, Davis is a chameleon and is equally adept at comedy and drama.

NEXT She’s a deceptively bubbly housewife in The Matador (opens in limited release Dec. 23). In 2006, she’ll costar in biopics of faux Howard Hughes biographer Clifford Irving (The Hoax) and Truman Capote (Infamous).