You love her as: Perky Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic Louisiana waitress with a thing for the undead.
Credits: Won an Oscar at age 11 for The Piano; mutant superbabe in the X-Men trilogy.
Knit cardigan, $695, corseted bustier, $1,295, Swarovski crystal-encrusted skirt, price on request, all, Dolce & Gabbana, call 877-70-DG-USA.
Sookie style: “Once you’ve been spray-tanned, bleached, and given the correct push-up bra, it’s like playing dress-up—it’s liberating.”
As for those sex scenes: “When it’s someone you get naked with in your private life, there’s no awkwardness”—she married costar Stephen Moyer last summer. “You’ve done a great deal of that stuff—minus the blood-drinking—in real life.”
Denim shirt, Max Mara, $235, at Max Mara, NYC. Cotton pencil skirt, Dolce & Gabbana, $475.
The Vampire Diaries
You love her as: Katherine Pierce, a nineteenth-century vampire with “abandonment issues,” plus Katherine’s modern-high-school-student doppelgänger, Elena Gilbert.
Historical drama: “Wearing a corset kicks the wind out of you—I almost passed out once wearing it for 16 hours.”
Nylon-blend blazer, $1,290, pants, $575, both, Max Mara, at Max Mara, NYC. Leather boots, Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière, $1,275.
The Vampire Diaries
Better than movies? “Working on TV, you have this one character, and you have time to explore her, create her, see her develop into different people.”
Cotton sweater, Sportmax, $325. Raffia jacket with leather ruffle, price on request, shorts, $1,890, both, Valentino, at Valentino boutiques nationwide. Leather boots, Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière, $1,275.
You love her as: Dowdy-no-more copywriter and protofeminist Peggy Olson. “Peggy is trying to figure out: How can I have it all?”
Credits: The West Wing’s first daughter, Get Him to the Greek’s straight woman (she’s acted since age six).
Jade silk and violet duchesse cotton dress, $2,350, laminated python belt with tassels, $990, both, Gucci, at select Gucci stores nationwide.
Favorite line ever: “Don asks Peggy if she regrets giving up her baby, and she just says, ‘Playgrounds.’ It’s so subtle, but conveys so much.”
Stretch georgette dress with leather trim, Burberry Prorsum, $2,995, visit burberry.com. Patent leather sandals, Versace, $795.
You (will) love her as: Fiona, daughter struggling as default matriarch (Mom’s AWOL; Dad’s a drunk) to keep her working-class family afloat in Showtime’s latest dramedy, debuting January 9.
Credits:The Day After Tomorrow’s doe-eyed damsel; The Phantom of the Opera’s angelic soprano, Christine.
Jersey turtleneck, Derek Lam, price on request, visit dereklam.com. Smoky quartz ring, Tacori, $1,370. Stockings, Falke, $34.
Character study: “When I’m Fiona, I get to channel some darkness that I haven’t before. I give myself license to just be who I am.”
On Fiona’s look: “The makeup department is like, ‘You didn’t sleep last night? Great!’”
Tweed jacket, price on request, tweed pants, $3,580, both, Chanel, at select Chanel boutiques nationwide. Tencel shredded T-shirt, Obesity and Speed, $175. Moonstone necklace (on wrist), Leslie Greene, $1,155.
You love her as: Lucy Danziger, the “fearless, honest, but also manipulative” ex-Ziegfeld Follies showgirl and girlfriend of Steve Buscemi’s Prohibition-era kingpin.
Provenance: New York City; the accent comes from vacationing in Seville, Spain, where her father lives.
Silk chiffon blouse, $2,390, silk chiffon halterdress, $2,550, both, Yves Saint Laurent, at select Yves Saint Laurent boutiques nationwide. Sombrero, Prada, $1,495. Multi-buckle pumps, Miu Miu, $950.
On her frequent nude scenes: “It wouldn’t be an issue on a European show. I have no qualms about being nude…but it’s important people surpass that I’m naked and pay attention to the performance.”
Silk and goose-feather neckpiece, Marc Jacobs, price on request, at Marc Jacobs, NYC. Embroidered beaded degradé dress, Louis Vuitton, price on request.