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Both by nature and circumstance, Rebecca Hall is an uncomplicated woman. Having quietly made her imprint on Hollywood with understated performances in Frost/Nixon and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (her turn as Vicky earned her a Golden Globe nomination), the London-born actress has been living out of two suitcases for as many years. “I’m a bit of a hermit,” says Hall, 28, who stars in the Ben Affleck-directed The Town opposite Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, and Blake Lively. “I sit around in my various nomadic spots and read.”

Her style sensibility is equally low-key. Hall has always preferred subtlety to flash, turning up at awards shows in black gowns from Gianfranco Ferrè or Prada with mussed hair and natural makeup. For the day-to-day she dresses mainly in muted beiges, dark greens, and blacks, steering clear of prints and patterns and favoring long skirts, slouchy trousers, and maxi dresses in loose, comfortable cotton, linen, or silk. (She says she has a “phobia of jersey” and other clingy fabrics.) The 5-foot-10-inch Hall prefers flats by Repetto to sky-high stilettos. “Frankly, if the world were a more accommodating place, I might not wear any shoes at all,” says Hall.

Accessories are therefore kept to a minimum: A single Ann Demeulemeester feather pendants and a favorite taupe scarf are as decorative as she’ll get. “I really don’t like to draw attention to myself,” Hall says. “I like to be the person who you sort of stare at for a while–and then go, Oh, that is interesting.”