Robert Benton
Aussie Charmer

Jacinda Barrett is 5 feet, 10 inches in her stocking feet. She has a teal-colored tattoo on the inside of her right ankle and her face—girlish and soft on film—is carved and somewhat angular in person. Although her chocolate-brown eyes convey a firmness of purpose, Barrett retains the laid-back Aussie charm that helped her make the leap from the cast of MTV's "The Real World: London" to real-life actress on the silver screen. It wasn't until 2005, when she completed four movies in 11 months, that the leap began to resemble a blastoff. First came the drama "The Namesake," then the romance "The Last Kiss," followed by the mega-disaster flick...