In the issue, the Heroes star gives a personal interview. Pick up a copy to read more, but check out excerpts of it below:
Until recently, we only got teases of 31-year-old actress Ali Larter. (She played the brave girl who sported a whipped-cream bikini in 1999's Varsity Blues and Reese Witherspoon's jailed sorority sister in 2001's Legally Blonde.)
But those small roles had one big thing in common: They left audiences wanting more. That craving was finally satisfied this past TV season, when Ali rocketed to stardom thanks to the success of Heroes, the Emmy-nominated show in which she brilliantly plays good-and-evil dual personalities Niki and Jessica Sanders.
"It's been a dream," Ali says. "Now I'm kind of in a sweet spot in my life and career."
Arriving in that happy place certainly wasn't a cakewalk.
"The rejection you deal with in Hollywood is hard," Ali admits. "But you have to try to take some of the emotion out of it. Even though it's a creative endeavor, it's a job."
"That was a turning point," Ali says. "I moved to New York to define what kind of actress I wanted to be. When I tried to get back into the industry, I couldn't get a job...but it made me dig deeper."
Summoning the focus and tenacity to survive in eat-you-up-spit-you-out Hollywood has paid off — in a major way. In addition to season two of Heroes, Ali has three movies out this year: the sci-fi flick Resident Evil: Extinction, an indie film called Marigold, and the National Lampoon caveman comedy Homo Erectus.
It's a diverse array of characters that capitalizes on the range of Ali's own personality.
"I'm a bit of a contradiction," she says. "I like tomboy stuff, but I also love girlie, girlie lingerie because I feel sexy when I'm in it."