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

THE HOT PROJECT
The CW's Privileged

BUT YOU KNOW HER FROM...
Reba

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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