Before Lizzy Caplan booked Masters of Sex as pioneer Virginia Johnson, the actress was best known for her comedic roles in films like Mean Girls and Bachelorette.

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"I really fancied myself a comedic actress," Caplan told The Telegraph on Friday. "I thought my range was more limited than I guess the producers of this show did. I was pretty content with how my career was going and the niche I was carving out for myself."

Caplan didn't even think that something like Masters of Sex was possible because it was "such a departure from what I had been doing for my entire career."

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Obviously, the role has worked for Caplan since the actress was just nominated for an Emmy for her part on the Showtime drama. "Comedy is not something that a person can fake or learn how to do," Caplan said. "I do think, oddly, that a comedic actor has a better chance of pulling off a dramatic role than a great dramatic actor has of being able to pull off a highly comedic role."

Another thing the show taught Caplan was how to talk about sex frankly. The actress admits that if you asked her about it in the past it would have made her "stutter and blush" but now she is used to it. "I've become very comfortable talking about it."

Masters of Sex airs on Sunday nights on Showtime.