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Emily Browning: Nice Girl No More

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Emily Browning is done with playing nice.
“’Nice’ is a word that I have such a problem with,” says the 28-year-old, over the phone from her home in L.A. “Girls are expected to be nice. And when I think of ‘nice’ I think of a bristled facade of politeness and not taking up too much space — I’m not a big fan of the word ‘nice.’”
Looking at the Aussie actress, it’s not hard to see why she might be sought after for nice girl parts, given her delicate features and sweet demeanor. But she’s relishing the chance to play a woman who is “certainly not nice” on Starz’ “American Gods,” which premiered on April 30 and was recently renewed for a second season.
This week on the show’s fourth episode, Browning’s character Laura is properly introduced into the plot line as the wife of the main character Shadow Moon; the series is based on the wildly successful book series.

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“I’d never read a character like Laura before,” says Browning, a Melbourne native who has lived in L.A. for the past four years. “It was so unapologetic and flawed and really complicated. I loved her immediately.
“She’s depressed essentially and

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