Community Preview: Hilary Duff Talks About Being A Mean Girl

Hilary Duff talked to us today about her guest role as mean-girl Meghan on this Thursday’s episode of Community. See what she had to say about working on the show and check out some clips from the hilarious looking episode.

Stop reading here if you don’t want to know anything about Thursday’s episode, titled "Aerodynamics of Gender"!

Alright, consider yourselves warned as we have plenty of goodies to get you geared up for Thursday, including some comments guest star Hilary Duff made about her role in the episode.

Below is NBC’s description for the episode, which is already shaping up to be a favorite.

Episode 207: Aerodynamics of Gender ABED FINDS HIS INNER “MEAN GIRL” WHILE JEFF AND TROY STUMBLE UPON A SECRET GARDEN-- HILARY DUFF GUEST STARS-- After a classroom smackdown with a group of “mean girls” led by Meghan (guest star Hilary Duff), Britta (Gillian Jacobs), Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), and Annie (Alison Brie) bond with Abed (Danny Pudi) by turning him into the ultimate "mean girl." Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Troy (Donald Glover) embrace a zen-like spirituality under the guidance of a groundskeeper when they come across a secret trampoline on campus. Determined to uncover the source of their new bliss, Pierce (Chevy Chase) ends up taking a disastrous turn on the trampoline and lands in the hospital. Ken Jeong also stars.

Abed (played by Danny Pudi) is shaping up to be my favorite character on Community and this week’s episode looks like another opportunity for him to flex his robotic nature as he goes head to head with Duff’s character. Here’s what Hilary had to say about her character Meghan’s interactions with Abed.

“I think that it was fun for me to get to play a mean girl because it is so different from anything I’ve ever done before. It was fun to play a character that acts super confident but is totally shallow and scared inside. Danny Pudi’s character in the show really brings out her weakness… the chinks in her armor, you know? I thought that was really fun to play, to get to be kind of tough but you do see how weak she is inside. Being the most popular girl at a community college is really important to her. I thought that was really funny.”

Here’s a clip that may be the introduction of Meghan’s character (and Abed’s role as the mean-girl nemesis).

On being a mean girl in college, Duff went on to say:

“Status is very important to my character Meghan. It’s very funny because they’re in community college. They’re old enough to know better but it’s everything to them in their world.”

She talked a little bit about a funny scene in the cafeteria and having some laughs at Ken Jeong’s performance.

“Ken Jeong actually… a lot of my scenes were with him. There’s this scene where I’m storming out of the cafeteria and I’m really embarrassed and he’s laughing so hard that he squirts milk out of his nose. He calls it a snarf. He’s so disgusting and hilarious at the same time. He was really doing it, it was amazing. But, I walk out and he blows the milk out of his nose, and he’s like “Oh my God, that girl looks exactly like Haley Duff!” It wasn’t written or anything but I thought it was hilarious. I almost fell down to my knees… his delivery and everything was so funny. My sister loves him so when I told her that story, she was dying.”

Here’s the scene she’s referring to…

As for working with the cast, Duff was enthusiastic and pleased with the time she spent with the Community family.

“It’s pretty hard to keep a straight face around those people. I feel like they really love each other, which is nice. We worked really long hours on that show and they’re like a really tight-knit family. That was great to just walk into. Everyone being really sweet to me and accepting. Danny just dances his way through life. It’s so funny. He’ll just be standing there doing nothing and all of a sudden, just start wiggling.”

Below is a video, which features Hilary talking a little bit more about her role in the episode.

Finally, if you want to know what Jeff and Troy were up to while the others were battling the mean girls…

Community airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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