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Lois Lane: Still in love with Superman

Prem Panicker in Los Angeles

Kate Bosworth, who plays Lois Lane in Superman Returns, is perched on the point of transition -- from young starlet to hot leading lady, which is not bad going for someone who never thought to make movies.

As a young girl, she grew up all over the place -- San Francisco, Connecticut, Massachusetts… and it was here, by then aged 14, that Kate -- who, by then, was a top notch horse rider -- heard they were casting for a movie about horses. She went for the casting call in New York, out of teenage curiosity, and ended up landing a role in Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer -- as Catherine Bosworth. The experience caused her to take an 18-month break before returning in 2000 with The New Comers, and going on to top notch projects like Remember the Titans, Wonderland, Rules of Attraction and her small screen debut, Young Americans.

Most recently, she starred as Sandra Dee in Beyond the Sea, opposite leading man and director Kevin Spacey playing Bobby Darin. It's all a far cry from horses -- but, in her spare time, Bosworth volunteers for a charity that helps disabled kids learn to ride.

In person, she comes across as someone confident enough of her work -- but uncomfortable, distinctly, with the trappings of being a movie star. And doing press rounds fits into the category of trappings she is uncomfortable with -- her answers are precise, she can and does snub potential incursions into her now-on-now-off romance with actor Orlando Bloom, and other aspects of her personal life, without a care to the PR aspect, and is easy enough in her skin to greet a rambling question with a flat "Sorry, I don't get what you are trying to ask," before looking around for the next question.

Excerpts from an interview.

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