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Why the ''Privileged'' star is here to stay

The CW's Privileged


Why she's here to stay
As upstart tutor Megan Smith, the 29-year-old is a welcome throwback to the heroines of ye olde WB — whip-smart and undeniably charming.

Finding her funny bone
Garcia logged six seasons on Reba, but her comedic roots trace back further, to cult fave Freaks and Geeks: ''I'd love to work with those people, because they started it all for me.''

Role modeling
Oscar-nominated Anne Archer, who plays Privileged's blue-blooded doyenne, has become a friend and mentor. ''When Anne walked on the set, we sat down and talked about cupcakes and shoes,'' Garcia says. ''She gives me to-the-point advice, but she'll dance to Madonna in the makeup trailer with me!''

Tuesday twosome
The CW's lead-in, 90210, may win the war of buzz, but Garcia says her show has ''heart.'' ''It's a time when you have b--- jobs on page 4 of some scripts,'' she says, referencing 90210's pilot. ''But what makes great television are great characters — you could put Privileged's characters in a morgue and do dead-guy jokes and people would still love them.''

Originally posted Sep 26, 2008 Published in issue #1014 Oct 03, 2008 Order article reprints

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