A version of this story first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s Emmy Issue The Race Begins.
Though Gillian Jacobs paid her dues on the overlooked NBC series “Community” and delighted with a guest stint as a sociopathic performance artist on “Girls,” she finally lands center stage with Netflix’s Judd Apatow series “Love.”
“I’m used to being an underdog,” she told TheWrap. “I went to a Netflix dinner with all the other original shows and thought, ‘I’ve never been at the popular table before.'”
Jacobs, 33, plays Mickey, an Apatowian female lead like you’ve never seen — she’s not a Type A, not constantly weighing the merits of a schleppy underachieving boyfriend. Instead, she herself is deeply flawed, dealing with addiction issues and nursing wounds from a bad breakup.
“Dating is getting more confusing for everyone,” Jacobs said. “I read some books and went to some meetings, but I didn’t have to go too far outside to see the arc of that character. It’s an age where we’re increasingly vulnerable, saying, ‘I like you, I want to be with you.'”
“And on the other hand, you can trick others and yourself that you’re in a relationship when you’re not.”
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