>• Three years after her breakout role in Juno as the funny best pal, Thirlby, 23, stars in the romance Breaking Upwards and the comedy-drama Solitary Man.

YOU STEAM THINGS UP IN BREAKING UPWARDS!

With love scenes, you can build it up in your head beforehand and feel nervous. When it happens, it’s like any other thing you’d do at work.

YOU’RE CLOSE PALS WITH DIRECTOR/COSTAR DARYL WEIN AND HIS GIRLFRIEND. WAS IT AWKWARD?

It wasn’t weird at all. Basically what happens in the movie is almost exactly what they really went through.

HOW HAS LIFE CHANGED SINCE JUNO?

Juno was pretty intense. All of a sudden I went from having to fight to get auditions to getting offers. It’s definitely a lot of fun to have a leg up in that way.

YOU VISITED ANTARCTICA RECENTLY.

It was pretty spectacular. It was an artistic film experiment—very small-budget kind of thing you’ll probably never see, but it was amazing. Hung out with lots of penguins.

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