Emily Browning wasn't sure she could do comedy.
Then she read the opening scene of Prime Video's new local comedy Class of '07, in which her character Zoe was a disgruntled Bachelor-style reality TV star who has just been dumped.
Zoe, to use Browning's words, "goes apesh*t", yelling, throwing and then - finally, unfortunately - catching bird sh*t in her mouth.
It's a bold beginning to the new local comedy, setting up both the very funny, absurdist tone of the series, along with the chaotic mess that is Browning's first-ever comedic character.
Take a look at the trailer for Class of '07 on Prime Video. Post continues below.
Melbourne-born Browning has been based in Los Angeles for a decade and has established a strong career with roles in TV and films like Sucker Punch and Pompeii.
She's always delivered brilliant performances, but she'd never had the opportunity to do something as absurdly funny as that scene before.
"I was like, I want to be this girl. I've never done anything like this before. I've been looking for a chance to push myself outside my comfort zone," she tells Mamamia.
"I'm learning that the only way to grow is to totally embarrass yourself as a performer. And so I thought, let me try. And I think at first [director Kacie Anning] was like, 'I don't know about that. I don't think you can do comedy. I don't think you can allow yourself to be enough of a dickhead'. And I was like, watch me."