updated 08/12/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 08/14/2011 AT 2:15 PM ET
In 1996, she sported pigtails and her signature sassy grin as a boy-crazy kiddo in an appearance on The WB’s Unhappily Ever After, one of her very first acting gigs.
Her accessory of choice? A teddy bear.
One thing that hasn’t changed: The Ukrainian stunner, who turns 28 on Sunday, was earning approval for her good looks even as a pre-teen.
And as a possible portent of her future offbeat roles to come, she coos back “Sure” when he asks her if she wants to play with his pet snake.