Why we think the Brazilian actress could be the next big thing

By EW Staff
July 07, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

WHAT SHE’S DONE:
The striking Brazilian (whose name is pronounced Ah-LEE-see) first opened eyes as the femme fatale in 2003’s City of God.

HOW SHE’S DOING IT:
With startlingly raw and fearless physicality.

WHEN SHE’LL BREAK BIG:
Currently steaming up art houses in the love-triangle drama Lower City, Braga will make her English-language film debut this fall, alongside Mos Def and Brendan Fraser, in Journey to the End of the Night.

WHY YOU SHOULD ROOT FOR HER:
The 23-year-old is the niece of legendary Latin sex symbol Sonia Braga yet still asks her mother’s advice on the college courses she’s taking.

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