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Levin, 34, starred in a few commercials when she was a kid in New York. "But the truth was, I didn't have the acting gene," she admits. So at 14 she decided she'd become an entertainment lawyer instead. After attending Yale for both undergrad and law school, Levin left a cushy corporate law job at Sullivan and Cromwell for Los Angeles' venerable Gang Tyre talent firm, home of such legends as Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood, among others. Now she handles deals for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, prolific producer Tony Krantz and Twilight star Ashley Greene, whom Levin signed before she landed a role in the blockbuster franchise. After making partner at 29, the unmarried travel buff (she explored St. Tropez this summer) is focused on signing more emerging stars. "People take on entertainment lawyers very early in their careers now, so it's super competitive," she says. "You've got to always be on the lookout for great talent."