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Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, 33, never wanted to go Hollywood. As far as she's concerned, she hasn't changed her preference for complicated, compelling roles. Look at the range of what she's done since "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series catapulted her into a bankable global marquee name. She played a happily married woman facing her estranged, once-abusive mother in Pernilla August's Swedish family drama "Beyond." Rapace brought strength and spirituality to her role as a space-trekking archeologist in Ridley Scott's summer epic "Prometheus." And she was more than just another pretty sidekick in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," which led to her co-starring opposite Rachel McAdams again in Brian De Palma's kinky Eurothriller  "Passion," which comes out in June. Rapace has chosen well, never compromised. Either she brings something extra to the parts as written, or she has a knack for finding diamonds in the rough. »

- Anne Thompson

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