Wonderland, which cost $4 million and change and was shot in 24 days, is an indie-film respite before Bosworth embraces her destiny as Hollywood golden girl. Next spring she appears as a love-struck Piggly Wiggly checkout girl in Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!!! and she just started work on Kevin Spacey's Bobby Darin biopic Beyond the Sea, in which she channels the 1950s' favorite beach-blanket bimbo, Sandra Dee. To a cynic, this would be Bosworth playing the original Reese Witherspoon in an effort to become the next.

"I don't think it's fair to compare them," says Robert Luketic, who directed Tad Hamilton and made Witherspoon a box-office force with Legally Blonde. "Without criticizing anyone, Kate has an incredible confidence at age 20 which I don't think I have ever seen before. She is an incredibly mature soul—a generous and patient soul."

So how does this saintly creature provoke such spleen? Two words: Orlando Bloom. For Bloom's various online defense leagues—if you haven't checked out Orlando Bloom's Estrogen Brigade, please don't—Bosworth's crime is not merely stealing away the elfin warrior of Middle Earth. Her real sin is that she stole him while seeming no more glamorous than the rest of the soccer-team car pool.

Small, sinewy, and not the least bit voluptuous, Bosworth was, in fact, a soccer player and honor-roll student at Cohasset High outside Boston. For the third fall in a row, she has deferred admission to Princeton. And while it's hard to imagine her trading career momentum for the glory of freshman orientation, she has not entirely given up on the idea. "I'd hate to think that I killed myself writing those papers for nothing," she said.

See? The whole naïf thing really is no act.