Neophyte headliner Alison Lohman is a deceptively fragile and fine-featured wisp of budding femininity. Softly blonde, with a sweet, intelligent, innocent face that can play half a decade younger than her true age, Lohman is every bit as gutsy as she is delicately gorgeous. As the lead character and emotional focus of White Oleander (2002), a wrenching drama of a mother-daughter tug-of-war that involves murder, prison, and suicide, Lohman’s talents for emoting were pitted against the considerable dramatics of acclaimed veterans Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright Penn, and Renée Zellweger, all of whom were in top form. When the beautiful and deadly twists and turns of White Oleander were finished, Alison Lohman was the best actress left standing. And then she played a fourteen-year-old in Matchstick Men (2003) and left Nicolas Cage looking like yesterday’s ham. But it took the Canadian ingenuity of director Atom Egoyan to remove Alison from her clothes. In his NC-17 erotic masterpiece Where the Truth Lies (2005) Alison proved her legal age with a threesome with Kristin Adams and Colin Firth, and whipped out her T&A in the process.