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'Masters of Sex' Star (and Former 'Freaks and Geeks' Cast Member) Lizzy Caplan: 'Lots of Nudity, But Still A Feminist Story' LA Times' Show Tracker blog

Lizzy Caplan, who stars as Virginia Johnson on Showtime's new series "Masters of Sex," recalls being filled with terror when she first saw the scripts for the series, reports the Los Angeles Times' Show Tracker.

Caplan, 31, who attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, tells the Times, "I had a year away from the nudity [after filming the pilot]. And I just remember sitting at my kitchen table reading [the scripts] all at once, being like, 'Oh, my God, I have to do it.' It was really overwhelming. You have such mixed emotions about it, especially as a woman. It's like, am I exploiting myself or am I empowering myself?"

Caplan adds, "It's a testament to the writing that you can have a show about sex with lots of female nudity and still have it be a feminist story."

"Caplan made her TV debut as Jason Segel's disco-loving girlfriend on the beloved 'Freaks and Geeks,' while a teenager," the story notes.

The article adds: "Caplan's mother died when she was 13, and the loss, she says, helped forge her tough-girl persona. 'That was it: I was going to be the one who pretended everything was fine. I am tough, I guess, but I also know myself well enough now to know that true toughness comes from letting those walls down. It took me a long time to be able to do that.'"

lizzy caplan.jpgLizzy Caplan on Showtime's "Masters of Sex"