Summer’s Leading Ladies

Taken together, the actresses in the following pages have done just about everything: There are ladies of the night (Megan Fox in Jonah Hex and Jessica Alba in The Killer Inside Me), ladies on the lam (Angelina Jolie in Salt), and single ladies (Marisa Tomei in Cyrus), immortals (Bryce Dallas Howard in Twilight: Eclipse) and possible apparitions (Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau), and a host of teenage girls with problems ranging from the very real (Mia Wasikowska) to the fantastic (Kristen Stewart). What do they all have in common? They’ll all have your attention as their movies hit the screen this summer.

See Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Kristen’s Bella Swan needs no introduction. The angst-ridden mortal is back, this time to choose between Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) while fending Bryce Dallas Howard’s evil Victoria.

Last summer movie: Okay, Adventureland was released in April of last year, but we feel it counts. 

How Kristen will be spending her summer vacation: Dodging the paparazzi; getting to work on On the Road, K-11 and, of course, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1.

See Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei in Cyrus

As single mom Molly in the Duplass brothers’ Cyrus, Marisa juggles the affection of two men with a lot of character: John C. Reily, who plays her boyfriend, and Jonah Hill, who plays her jealous son.

Last summer movie: It’s been a while: Slums of Beverly Hills.

How Marisa is spending her summer vacation: Filming Salvation Boulevard.

See Melanie Laurent

Melanie Laurent in The Concert

In The Concert, Melanie plays Anne-Marie, a celebrated French violinist recruited to help redeem the career of Andrei Filipov (Alexei Guskov), a conductor stripped of his position in 1980 for failing to fire Jewish musicians in accordance with Brezhnev’s anti-Semitic policies.

Last summer movie: Inglorious Basterds

How Melanie is spending her summer vacation: Recording her first album with Damian Rice.

See Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie in Salt

After what feels like years of asking, we’ll finally get the answer to the question “Who is Salt?” as Angelina debuts her newest tough-girl character, a CIA officer accused of being a KGB agent.

Last summer movie: Mr. and Mrs. Smith

How Angelina is spending her summer vacation: Touring the world as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador; working on Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom.

See Bryce Dallas Howard

Bryce Dallas Howard in in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

In Twilight: Eclipse, Bryce takes over for actress Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria, mounting a vampire army hell-bent on taking down Kristen Stewart’s Bella Swan.

Last summer movie: Terminator Salvation

How Bryce is spending her summer vacation: Finishing up work on a as-yet-untitled project with Seth Rogen.

See Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba in The Killer Inside Me

As Joyce Lakeland, a prostitute who gets in over her head with her small town’s very unhinged sheriff (Casey Affleck), Jessica is a damsel very much in distress.

Last summer movie: The Fantastic Four

How Jessica is spending her summer vacation: Working on The Little Fockers; recovering from the trauma of The Killer Inside Me.

See Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone

For Winter’s Bone, Jennifer returned to her native Kentucky to play a 17-year-old girl searching for her estranged father in an attempt to save her family’s home.

Last summer movie: Like Mia, this is her first big project, but again-she’s not even legal to drink.

How Jennifer is spending her summer vacation: Working on House at the End of the Street and Truckstop.

See Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau

In the Adjustment Bureau, a science fiction romance based on a Philip K. Dick story, Emily plays a ballerina who shakes up the life of Matt Damon’s charismatic congressman.

Last summer movie: The Devil Wears Prada

How Emily is spending her summer vacation: Settling in with The Office‘s John Krasinski, who she is reportedly marrying this month. 

See Mia Wasikowska

Mia Wasikowska in The Kids Are All Right

In The Kids Are All Right, Mia plays a member of a very modern family as she and her brother (Josh Hutcherson), the children of a lesbian couple, set out to re-connect with their free-spirited sperm donor father.

Last summer movie: This is her first big one, but give her time-she’s only 20.

How Mia is spending her summer vacation: Working on Currently working on Restless and Jane Eyre (2011).

See Megan Fox

Megan Fox in Jonah Hex

A hooker with a heart of gold (sort of), Megan’s Lilah saves the day for Josh Brolin’s anti-hero in Jonah Hex.

Last summer movie: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

How Megan is spending her summer vacation: Trying not to lose her wedding ring at the beach for a second time.

See Gemma Arterton

Gemma Arterton in The Disappearance of Alice Creed

In The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Gemma plays the kidnapped daughter of a prominent businessman-one who shows herself to be quite a bit tougher than the average poor little rich girl.

Last summer movie: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which came out last month.

How Gemma is spending her summer vacation: Getting ready to star alongside Stephen Dillane in The Master Builder.