I don't know exactly what it is about her in that movie, but I find her to be extraordinary in that film. I can't think of any other actress that TRULY reminds me of a girl that I could have just as well grown up with. She doesn't have that high profile status that other actresses do, which I think adds to her realism in that role. I think that the film would have been a disaster without her. Even the name of her charactor, 'Novalee Nation', strikes me as being genuin. I guess I just really like that name for some reason. She made me really feel for her in this movie, and I remember asking my brother as we watched it "What is it about this sweet girl that makes everyone want to leave her and take advantage of her!?" He didn't know either. I hope you understand where i'm coming from here, there's just something about Natalie, in this film in particular, that makes me want to know her more.