Mary Elizabeth Winstead: Indie Darling to Watch

Mary Elizabeth rocking dusty rose | Photo courtesy of Getty ImagesTwenty-nine year old Mary Elizabeth Winstead may be famous for her Winstead in not-so-basic black | Photo courtesy of Getty Imagesroles in horror flicks like "Final Destination 2" and and "Grindhouse," but after a role in "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" and last year's critically-acclaimed "Smashed" opposite Aaron Paul, she's proven she's got indie chops as well.

Fun fact: Winstead initially began her road to entertaining as a ballerina, before she realized she was just too tall to make a career of it. She then broke into Broadway--performing a small role in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" during Donny Osmund's run. A couple stints in soap opera acting, a short-lived network television drama series, and a couple of teensy movie roles followed. She lost a role to Scarlett Johansson in "We Bought A Zoo,"  Zoe Kazan in "The F-word," Emma Stone in the "Spider-Man" reboot, and to Colbie Smulders in "The Avengers," but she persisted. She has four films coming out in 2013, starring alongside pedigreed actors like Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Jessica Alba, Charlie Sheen, Jane Lynch, Catherine O'Hara, Topher Grace and Shailene Woodley. At this year's Sundance Film Festival, we're dying to lay eyes on Winstead, who should be there promoting her film, "The Spectacular Now"--same director as Smashed!-- in which she acts alongside Shailene Woodley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Miles Teller. On screen, she's compelling and believable, and off-screen, she's stunning and covetously dressed.

On the red carpet, she chooses high-fashion over sexiness, and Winstead in Monique Lhuillier | Photo courtesy of Getty Imagesinspired, directional pieces over fads. An ivory, keyhole Chloe dress here, a Monique Lhuillier patterned sheath there. Her choices are always impeccable. And as we venture around Park City--just forty minutes from her hometown of Salt Lake City--during the festival, we'll be sure to keep an eye out for her.

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