Eve with her Star Trek into the Darkness co-star Chris Pine
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With a role in the hotly anticipated Star Trek Into Darkness and unlimited opportunities before her, ALICE EVE can’t believe her good fortune. 
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Alice Eve thrives on challenges. while the actress has risen up through mainstream films like She’s Out Of My League, Men In Black 3 and the new Star Trek Into Darkness, she has not followed an obvious warp-speed formula for success.

She has also explored gritty indie films, and when she speaks to American Way, she is in her native London seeking out a play to do, which would be her first there in more than five years.

“Who wants to stay inside of their comfort zone?” muses Eve on breaking boundaries. “I suppose it’s a need that once you’ve done it, you think it’s the greatest thrill there is and will continue to do it.”

In the highly anticipated new Star Trek installment, the 31-year-old plays Dr. Carol Marcus, a character who originally appeared in 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan.

“She’s pretty cool,” Eve enthuses. “She’s a weapons specialist and an in­credibly astute fast talker and fast thinker. I loved playing her and loved that whole experience of being on J.J. Abrams’ set. It was like getting the best class at university and going, ‘Yes!’ ”

While she’s mum about plot details, she waxes eloquent about revered director Abrams.

“He’s a Renaissance man who’s got five things in the air at all times,” Eve explains. “His mind is just in­credibly fast, so I spoke fast to show that I could keep up in some degree.”

But Eve doesn’t always need to work on such a grand scale.

After Star Trek, she shot two darker indie pictures: Some Velvet Morning with Stanley Tucci, an “exploration of a relationship between two very damaged people” that was shot over 10 days in a Brooklyn apartment; and Cold Comes the Night with Bryan Cranston, about a single mother who turns her struggling motel into a brothel to make ends meet, only to run afoul of social services and Cranston’s dodgy character.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, the actress recently played a jazz singer in a Stella Artois viral video that allowed her to overcome her fear of singing.

“I had this wonderful singing teacher called Mary Hammond, and she saved my life,” she says.

Eve also produced the forthcoming feature film The Farmer, directed by her brother Jack, on a $20,000 budget.

With so much variety in her work, the up-and-coming actress feels not only grateful for her opportunities but satisfied as an artist as well.

“I feel very fulfilled,” she says, “which is the most you can ask for.”