“Evolet was a difficult part to cast,” says Emmerich, who also directed The Day After Tomorrow and Godzilla. “We searched America, France, and England for half a year.” The role is very physical, and the dialogue is spare. In one scene, a rape-minded warlord kidnaps Evolet, who must free herself without the use of language. “The part depended on great subtlety, a lot of acting between the lines,” Emmerich says. “Camilla is very beautiful, but she starts to act and you forget how beautiful she is.”

In between playing Evolet the ice queen and training Evolet the puppy, Belle (accompanied by her mother) spent three months in Hong Kong, filming the sci-fi thriller Push, costarring Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, and Djimon Hounsou, and shopping. “Hong Kong girls have a genius sense of style,” she says. “I came back to the States thinking no one here has any individuality. Or cute enough socks.” The constant traveling hasn’t left her much time for a social life, but Belle doesn’t aspire to be a Hollywood workaholic. Three years ago she was accepted into Columbia, and she plans to attend one day. “I’m still in the system!” she says. “You know, if you don’t have a life, there’s really not much to pull from. Then you can’t tell what’s real or not. . . . That’s my philosophy.”