Like every student on Community, Annie is a little insane. She took the whole hard-studying geek thing too far in high school, and ended up in rehab. But now that she's at Greendale Community College, the uptight bookworm is suddenly discovering her inner babe. "Annie's got a thing for the fellas," says Alison Brie, who plays Annie with a bubbly overeagerness that borders on the demented. "People never saw her as attractive, because she was nerdy and hooked on Adderall. So now she's gone boy-crazy."
Brie also plays Trudy Campbell on Mad Men – a totally different breed of gal. "Trudy is behind the wheel, while Annie's out of control," Brie says. "Trudy's got her little Lady Macbeth thing going on." Given how Community revels in geek culture and ludicrously intricate in-jokes, it's no surprise the set is also more freewheeling. "It's stupid fun," Brie says. "It's loud like a playground. Especially compared to Mad Men, where you can hear a pin drop."
Will Annie find a steady boyfriend? "God, I hope so," Brie says. "She gets a little nuts when she's on her own. Which is always."
By Rob Sheffield