In Love and Other Drugs you play Maggie, a 26-year-old with early-onset Parkinson's disease who meets drug salesman Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal). It's unusual to find someone with a degenerative illness in a rom-com. How did you approach the role?
The most important thing was to make Maggie honest, and when I got the script she wasn't completely there yet but she had amazing potential to be angry, funny, smart and incredibly wounded. The thought of combining all of those aspects into a character was a challenge but very exciting.
You've said you always choose scripts with at least one element that "scares the bejesus out of you". What scared you about this one?
How eloquent of me! It was the sexuality of the character. I'm much happier talking with people than I am flirting with them. I'm pretty shy and not entirely comfortable with the kind of attention you get when you focus on your sexual side. I was afraid that I couldn't pull off playing Maggie.
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