If there was a ranking of Community's graduating class
, Gillian Jacobs, who played Britta Perry for six seasons, would be pulling ahead thanks to the critically acclaimed, Netflix comedy, Love
, which is the first major series starring a Scarsdale Community College alum.
"It was all the things I was looking to do in a post-Community world," Jacobs tells ET during a break from production on season two. "I mean, I had no idea what it was going feel like post-Community and this sort of fell into my lap so quickly after we were canceled by NBC that I actually hadn't had a lot of time to formulate a specific plan. But when it presented itself, it felt like a really good fortune."
That fortune is a Judd Apatow-produced series starring Paul Rust and Jacobs as Gus and Mickey, a would-be couple living in Los Angeles, California. The show's tempered approach to dating is more in the vein of Apatow's Funny People
than it is Knocked Up
and it is a nice follow-up to Jacobs' recent non-Community
work on Girls
as Mimi-Rose and opposite Leighton Meester in Life Partners
As Mickey, Jacobs revels in getting to play the f**ked-up girl who has no boundaries or, at times, consideration for others with her unassuming roommate, Bertie (Claudia O’Doherty), bearing the brunt of Mickey’s bad behavior. "I adore Claudia O'Doherty as a person, so it always felt terrible to be bad to her," Jacobs says. "But it's fun because I try to be really well-behaved in real life, so I really got to act out through this character."
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"It's pretty fun to yell, 'We're not dead yet, f**kers,' and jump off a roof," Jacobs says, clarifying that she didn't actually get to jump off a roof. "Sometimes the things I have to do are slightly embarrassing to shoot but it's fun to have no filter and do things without consequence in your real life."
The largest departure for the 33-year-old actress is all the improvising during filming. "We have more time per episode, so there's a little bit more faith for people to have room to do that," Jacobs says, embracing a world in which she has no formal training, but has no trouble keeping up. "I feel like it's becoming more of my life, but in a roundabout way."
One of the most notable scenes, where Jacobs gets to act out and test the limits of her improv skills, is the series-ending argument that Mickey and Gus get into on a studio lot, where Gus is a private tutor for young stars. "I would say 20 percent of that is improv. I think that's the fun thing about working with Paul, he's so great at improvising and you can really fly free once you've [filmed] the script as written," Jacobs says. "So, I just get all my aggression, all my pent-up rage and I just let it go."
"I love Community. I think it'll probably be one the best things I'll be a part of but it's fun to do something tonally different," Jacobs says, and with that she's off the phone again to jump back into shooting Love season two.
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