October 01, 2007 12:00 PM

The According to Jim star’s first fiction features an actress struggling to live up to Hollywood’s eternally young, impossibly thin standards

IS YOUR HEROINE ANYONE WE KNOW? It’s totally fiction, but there are bits of me in her when I was much younger.

YOU’VE TALKED ABOUT FEELING THE PRESSURE TO BE THIN … I look back at pictures now of when I felt heavy and I wasn’t. But it’s in my own head, not the fault of my job or the media.

SO YOU’RE NOT QUITTING ACTING FOR WRITING? I don’t feel like [I need to choose] either or. Writing can be pretty isolating. So I get up at 5 a.m. and then write until 8 or 9 and then I go to work and I see all these funny people around. It’s like, Yippee!

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