THOUGH SUPERMAN RETURNS is a Warner Bros. release, most days led Bosworth to the Fox Studios, with newcomer Brandon Routh as the Man of Steel, the venerable Kevin Spacey as the villainous Lex Luthor, and red-hot director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men) running the show. Fox Studios, Bosworth says, is "where they shot the most recent Star Wars. Really large, grand productions, obviously. Big green screens. Huge high-ceiling studios."

It was nice, and better yet, convenient. "Because that studio is central to where everyone was living," she says. "It's really nice to be able to wake up and not have to, you know, commute for an hour, to have a quick trip there and be sort of close to home."

I ask her if there was a place where she got into character as Lois Lane. I mean, with all that attempting to unmask the Big Guy and falling into his arms as he leaps over buildings in a single bound, surely she didn't spring up from her water-surrounded bed in Full Lois Mode. Lois is the quintessential American, I say. So how could Kate channel her in Australia?

"You know what?" Bosworth asks, after letting me ramble. "What was great about playing her: I'm blonde naturally, and so when I went into Fox Studios and went into those gates, that's kind of when I would focus on being that character." As Lois, she was dressed in handmade outfits from vintage fabrics, "a classic feel, more of a '30s vibe," she says. Thanks to a wig, her hair was brunette. "A great way to really feel like you're in character is when you have the costume and the wig and, you know, it feels like you're really becoming another person.

"But otherwise, it was really just me being Kate in Sydney."

As a blonde (yes, it's her natural hair color), she was anonymous.

"The people in Australia don't really care who you are, you know, in terms of celebrity," she says. "They honestly couldn't care less, which is very, very refreshing when you live somewhere like Los Angeles where it just seems so important to everybody. So to me, it was just refreshing to live in a city and to do a film that was so big in a place that people cared more about who you were as a person rather than what you did."

Channeling Jimmy Olsen, I can't give it up. This is a role actresses must've dog-fought over.

"So you weren't really thinking about Lois Lane when you were walking around Sydney?" I ask.

"Um, no, not really," she says. "I mean, I kind of save work for work, and then when I could have some time off, I tried to enjoy it for me."