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After Being Typecast For Years, 'Search Party' Star Alia Shawkat Is Grateful To Finally Be Seen 'As Just Another Actress'

Jan. 11 2022, Published 10:21 a.m. ET

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While Alia Shawkat found her breakout role as teen Maeby Fünke in the hit comedy Arrested Development, the 32-year-old actress confessed that after the show's original run wrapped in 2006, she felt some resentment towards the series.

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"For so long in my life, even when I wasn’t working for a while, it was Maeby. That’s it," she told The New Yorker. "I can quit acting, and I’ll always be Maeby. And it kind of haunted me. I was bitter."

Luckily, the Being the Ricardos star was able to break out of that mold, and she's now typecast "refreshingly less."

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Shawkat in 2005

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"It has shifted to more of an over-all awareness of my work in general, which is always refreshing as an actor," she noted. "I’m no longer just known for this one thing that I did when I was fifteen years old. I’m just another actress."

While the Transparent alum has nabbed a handful of movie and TV roles, her most popular work is Search Party, a comedy she both stars in and produces.

"I was always involved creatively, from the beginning," she said. "At first, we didn’t know if it would be anything — it was this pilot presentation idea. We made the pilot like an independent film, kind of, before it was attached to a network."

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With the successful show's fifth and final season airing this year, Shawkat is already planning for the future, as she revealed that she's working to pitch a TV show about her own family.

"My father is Middle Eastern, and he owns a strip club in Palm Springs. So that’s the show," spilled the star. "Knock on wood, we’ll be pitching it pretty soon."

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"Pitching is hard, because it’s a very vulnerable experience. You have to be a showman," she explained. "I’ve been making television for so long, and I’m an actor, but a pitch is my worst nightmare. It’s very embarrassing."

"That’s what’s so interesting about Search Party — we got to make five seasons slightly under the radar. Now it’s getting harder, because I think a lot of these networks are basing decisions on algorithms," the California native admitted. "I swear to God, I made this joke: people just want dogs and robots. Then we were driving in L.A., and I saw a billboard for a Tom Hanks movie. And it was literally Tom Hanks, a dog, and a robot."

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