Hilary Duff Says Playing Mean Girl Is Fun On NBC's "Community"
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Hilary Duff Says Playing Mean Girl Is Fun On NBC's "Community"

November 4, 2010 10:09 am CDT 

Hilary Duff is only 23-years-old and she's starred in over a dozen movies, recorded multi-platinum albums, has her own fragrance, and is now a New York Times best-seller with the release of her first book "Elixir." This week, she returns to where she started it at all, with a guest spot on the comedy "Community."

Duff started on television at 13 playing the sweet, good-natured "Lizzie McGuire." Now at 23, she's spewing lines like "You look like a lizard whose mom got raped by a Muppet" on NBC's "Community." Hilary guest stars as Meghan, the queen bee of a group of community college mean girls who get into it with Britta (Gillian Jacobs), Annie (Alison Brie), and the biggest mean girl of all, Abed (Danny Pudi).

The insults start flying and Duff, who was the titular character in "A Cinderella Story" while Lindsay Lohan was off doing "Mean Girls," gets to try her hand at being the b-word for once. And according to Mrs. Mike Comrie, it's a lot of fun.

On that Muppet rape line:

HD: In most of the other the scenes that I have with Danny, he's giving it back to me. But in this one, he kind-of turns into a robot and his robot shuts down and he decides not to be mean anymore. So I'm throwing these insults at him and he has the saddest look on his face. And it made me feel really bad when I was doing it because I say, "Oh you look like a lizard whose mom got raped by a Muppet." I call him out in front of the whole cafeteria and it made me feel bad but I would laugh. It was fun. I've never done anything where I get to be a bitch before so it was exciting.

On returning to television sitcom territory:

HD: I started doing comedy with "Lizzie McGuire," which was a lot of physical comedy and I do miss that. If the right project came along with a great character, I would love to do that. It's where I started and I miss it. I also like to find balance and challenge myself with dramatic things and I'm just waiting to get that real dramatic part.

On new music:

HD: I wouldn't say that it's something that's going to happen in a year but I do miss singing and I miss being on stage. I've had such a busy last two years. I got married, I wrote a book, I've been traveling a lot back and forth to see my husband. It's not something that was on my priority list but I just did a book tour and I think almost every fan that showed up for the signing was like, "When are you doing new music? When is more music coming out?" So it did inspire me and make me feel like people are missing it so I feel inspired again.

On her first book "Elixir":

HD: I just became a New York Times best seller, so that was really exciting. I'm starting to write the sequel because it's a series and that's really exciting for me, just thinking about the direction of the new book and creating some new characters.

On playing her main character Clea in a movie version of "Elixir":

HD: You think? You don't think I'm too old?

NBC's "Community" airs Thursday nights at 8pm ET/PT on NBC.

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