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Real people don’t boil down to types as easily as television wants them to, and Britta’s got two halves. One of those halves is a cocksure, liberal kinda girl who’s sure that she can understand the world if she just tries hard enough and is compassionate enough. But the other half of that girl is a rather bitter girl who’s seen too much of her life slip by her and has turned a lot of anger inwards. She’s a prickly character, very smart and very compassionate but also not able to cut most people any slack. In her own way, she’s the most developed character on the show. She may not be the most easily lovable, but I feel like she’s shaping up to be something really new and special. - Todd VanDerWerff

When I was younger, I was very vocal to the point of being strident in my views. When you’re a kid in elementary school, you can often feel like you’re the only woman who cares about maternity and paternity leave, so you feel like you’re talking to a brick wall…In sixth grade, we all had to write this opinion paper. Most wrote about things like why we should be able to chew gum in class—I wrote about why women should receive equal pay. So I understand Britta.