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Kate Bosworth - Biography & Career

Bosworth was born in Los Angeles, California to Hal Bosworth (an executive for Talbots) and Patricia Potter (a homemaker). She was born with sectoral heterochromia, resulting in a hazel section at the bottom of her right blue eye, while the left is completely blue. After leaving San Francisco at the age of six, Bosworth's family frequently moved around the country because of her father's job, and Bosworth grew up mainly on the East Coast, spending the rest of her youth in Darien, Connecticut and Cohasset, Massachusetts. She has noted that because of her family's frequent relocations, she always felt like the "new girl in school", and describes herself as "shy" and unpopular during her high school years, saying that she has "this pain in [her] heart from what it was like to walk in with your lunch tray and not have anywhere to sit".

While attending Cohasset high school (which she graduated from in 2001), Bosworth learned to speak Spanish and was a member of the National Honor Society; she also played varsity soccer and lacrosse. Bosworth has always been interested in a professional career as a competitive horse racer and, by the age of fourteen, was a champion equestrian.

Bosworth's first film role came after an open casting call in New York for the supporting part of "Judith" in the 1998 film, The Horse Whisperer. The film's producers needed someone who was already an experienced horse rider, leading to Bosworth's successful audition for the role. She subsequently had a supporting part in the 2000 film Remember the Titans. In 2001, Bosworth moved to Los Angeles in hopes of obtaining easier access to auditions and better film parts. Her first leading role was in 2002's surfing movie, Blue Crush. The film received positive reviews[4] and grossed $40 million at the United States box office, allowing Bosworth wider exposure to a mainstream audience.

Between 2002 and 2005, Bosworth appeared in a number of widely released films. She starred as actress Sandra Dee in Beyond the Sea and played the lead role in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, opposite Josh Duhamel. Bosworth also portrayed Chali, a Hare Krishna, in a film adaptation of Myla Goldberg's acclaimed novel Bee Season, about a dysfunctional Jewish family. She has appeared in several Revlon ads and ranked as #60 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" list. For two years running, she has placed on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 List--#38 in 2005 and #8 in 2006. She was also number two on E!'s 2006's "Girls of Summer" list.

In 2005, Bosworth was cast as reporter Lois Lane in the new Superman movie, Superman Returns. Her Beyond the Sea co-star, Kevin Spacey, who also appears in Superman Returns, suggested Bosworth for the role to director Bryan Singer. Bosworth initially hesitated to take the role, citing the iconic nature of the character, and the potentially negative fan reaction to her performance, but eventually accepted. She worked in Sydney and other areas of Australia, where the movie was filmed. The film was released on June 28, 2006, and Bosworth has already signed on for a potential sequel.

Bosworth describes herself as "insecure", and has detailed that she is "learning" and maturing as an actress. She was set to appear in the Great Depression-themed independent film drama, Seasons of Dust, which would have also starred Bosworth's ex-boyfriend, Orlando Bloom. Since the couple's break-up, the film has been put on hold and Kate has moved on to other projects. Bosworth recently signed on to star in the independent drama The Girl in the Park with Sigourney Weaver and directed by David Auburn.

Bosworth was admitted to Princeton University in 2000, but continues to defer her attendance. She is also a member of the Appalachia Service Project.

Bosworth previously dated actor Matt Czuchry, whom she met on the set of their short-lived television series, Young Americans. She then dated actor Orlando Bloom - the two met outside a coffee shop and were introduced to each other by a friend, before meeting again at the premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. The couple separated in 2005 but later resumed their relationship. On September 05, 2006, Entertainment Tonight reported that her on-again, off-again relationship with Bloom had ended after almost four years.

Bosworth has two cats, Louise and Dusty, and a dog named Lila, whom she adopted while on a 2004 vacation in Morocco. She has noted that although equestrianism is her hobby, she has been unable to practice it, because of the potential risk of injury involved affecting her film career.