Screen beauty Jessica Biel was so determined to grab the lead role in upcoming period drama THE ILLUSIONIST, she hired a vintage 1900 outfit to audition in.

The 23-year-old actress knew she wasn't the first choice for the part of PRINCESS SOPHIE in the movie, but her fitting choice of antique attire worked its magic on the audition panel.

She explains, "I was not the obvious choice for this. Liv Tyler was lined up.

"There were scheduling problems, and I had a call to audition the next day.

"I thought, 'This is either going to work or I am going to make a complete fool of myself.'

"But the moment I walked into the audition, the producer, Michael London, said, 'What a great outfit.' "

11/07/2005 05:24