For last year's "High Art," new orleans-born Patricia Clarkson, 38, earned a 1999 Independent Feature Project Independent Spirit Award nomination. now Playing a retail fashion director in the recently released "Simply Irresistible," She will appear Next in "The Green Mile" with Tom Hanks.
Q: Whose Oscar style do you admire most?
A: Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman and Grace Kelly ... there is a timeless quality to all of them.
Q: Do you have a favorite gown?
A: The long Galliano [for Christian Dior] that Nicole Kidman wore at the 1997 Oscars.
Q: If you went to the Oscars, what would you wear?
A: I loved the Badgley Mischka evening dress I wore in the party scene at the end of "Simply Irresistible." It was shiny silver-gray stretch silk with a low, V-cut beaded top. For me, simpler is better.
Nominated this year for an Independent Spirit Award for her portrayal of a young woman afflicted with Tourette's syndrome in "Niagra, Niagra," Chicago-born Robin Tunney, 25, appears next in "Supernova" with Angela Bassett and James Spader and "End of Days" with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Q: Who is your Oscar-style muse?
A: Someone between Julie Christie and Audrey Hepburn.
Q: If you went to the Oscars, how would you want to look?
A: It's important to look relaxed, modern and comfortable, like you are wearing the outfit and it's not wearing you.
Q: Does fashion play a part in your off-screen life?
A: I'm such a sucker for beautiful clothes. I have to sneak them in the house so that my husband doesn't see them.
In the UPCOMING "Twin Falls Idaho," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, 27-year-old New Jersey native Michele Hicks plays a wayward soul who discovers what really matters in life. Next up is a TV Pilot For David Lynch Called "Mulholland Drive."
Q: Whose style do you admire?
A: I am very inspired by the fashion of the young Liz Taylor. The way she dressed was so impeccable and elegant. I love perfect jewels.
Q: How do you like to dress?
A: I believe in individuality. I never think of anyone as my day-to-day style idol. I like fashion very chic, very practical and very urban. I want to wear heels, but I want them to be comfortable.
Q: What would you wear to the Oscars?
A: If and when I ever go, I'll definitely go for glamour.
Styled by Helen Maria Mitchell/Celestine, L.A.; hair: Laini Morrison/Profile, L.A.; makeup: Race/Profile, L.A. and Litha Vasquez for Versace Cosmetics/Profile, L.A.; fashion assistant: Sara McInturff; set design: Peter Gargagliano