I know that she is not the celebrated author that Michael Connelly is, but she sure is a hell of a lot better looking. She is a pretty good actress as well. You don't really think about her when you talk about great actresses, but she does solid work and takes some pretty big risks. Anyone who has seen Requiem for a Dream or House of Sand and Fog knows she can tackle some pretty difficult roles. Even better, she didn't feel the need to ugly up for those roles either, which is a good trend as well.