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by Alison Willmore
December 5, 2013 2:46 PM
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Watch: Malin Akerman, Lizzy Caplan, Taylor Schilling and Others Talk Being an Actress on the Small Screen

At first, Malin Akerman wasn't interested in the lead role of "Trophy Wife," the ABC comedy in which she currently stars, because of the title -- "That was the last thing I wanted to play." Sarah Michelle Gellar had to chase down her role in "The Crazy Ones" because of a perception she wasn't funny, while Taylor Schilling was drawn to the complicated quality of her "Orange is the New Black" character, something she seldom saw in roles she was offered. Lizzy Caplan feels the same way about Virginia Johnson in "Masters of Sex," and Anna Faris also relishes her "Mom" character's imperfections: '"I love it that I don't have a love interest."

The six actresses ("Mob City" star Alexa Davalos is also in the mix) have been gathered by Variety for a television awards panel in which they talk breaking into the business and their current roles as we head into awards season. Take a look below:

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  • dreamlife613 | December 6, 2013 1:42 PMReply

    Really interesting interview; gives some interesting insight into the difficulties of even well-known actresses getting their iconic roles. P:S: Alexa Davalos is beautiful.

  • Jo | December 5, 2013 4:33 PMReply

    I never knew Sarah Michelle Gellar had to fight for the part of Buffy! She OWNED that part! Without her there would be no Buffy The Vampire Slayer (it would have probably failed like the movie with Kristy Swanson).
    LOVE Orange is the new black! Taylor and her co-stars are great in it - I hope their performances will be rewarded during the award season. Sarah Michelle Gellar is surprsingly convincing as Robin William's quirky daughter in "The Crazy Ones", she deserves some award attention as well.