Rose Byrne is one of the few actresses who can jump from drama (TV's Damages) to comedy (Bridesmaids, Neighbors) to action (X-Men: First Class) to horror (Insidious: Chapter 2). Stylewise, while Byrne whips out a new hairstyle for every film, the winner of the 2014 Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award (which she'll receive June 11 at Women in Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards) remains steadfastly consistent about clothes.
"I don't feel like a style maven at all," she tells THR. "Getting up and dressed every day is a valiant effort. I'm very casual, day to day. I always tend to go for shoes I can walk around New York in."
Despite her simple approach, the Aussie, 34, cuts a noticeable figure on the red carpet. To wit: the white lace Elie Saab jumpsuit Byrne chose to wear (with help from stylist Penny Lovell) to the 2014 SAG Awards, launching the jumpsuit as a Hollywood evening staple.
"That jumpsuit was a surprise sartorial breakthrough," she laughs. "That wasn't our intention. I just wanted to wear pants!"
In 2014, Byrne is filming three movies, including the musical remake Annie, in which she co-stars with Bobby Cannavale, her real-life boyfriend of more than a year. "I got to sing and dance and be charmed by Jamie Foxx," she says. "Quvenzhane [Wallis] was dynamite." Now Byrne is shooting Paul Feig's Spy with Melissa McCarthy in Budapest (where she's with Cannavale, also in the film). Goulash soup and wardrobe high jinks mark her time.
"I've been suspended on wires and worn Valentino lace pants with my underwear showing in front of an entire crew." Should things get more serious with Cannavale, Byrne defers to Bridesmaids director Feig: "Due to my crash course in wedding etiquette, I will never become a bridezilla."
This article originally appeared in the June 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.