On Monday night -- just as her television show
That Dennings, 27, has become a go-to girl in all kinds of broad entertainment is more than a little unexpected. Just five years ago she was viewed as an indie world reliable, one on a short list of Manic Pixie Dream Girls, as the old meme goes. After starring in, and receiving good reviews for, the low-budget romance
But her career took a different turn. After a couple of forgettable parts, in the spring of 2011 Dennings landed on movie screens as
And starting Friday, she'll reprise her role as Darcy in the new "Thor" picture.
How has Dennings responded to this surprise turn in the road? By making some choices she never thought she'd have to make, for one thing.
"I can't do anything," she said referring to her restrictive sitcom schedule, which has her shooting for the better part of nine months. "It's always funny when [filmmakers] are like, 'Let's do something fun. We could figure something out!' But it's like, 'For when? With what time?'," Dennings added as she stood outside Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre on Monday before the premiere of the "Thor" sequel.
That A-list schedule will continue. If "The Dark World" is a hit at the box office -- and it almost certainly will be -- the actress will likely be locked into a third "Thor" film in the near future.
But she's still trying to carve out some space outside of commercial Hollywood.
"I did an indie film over my last summer break which was really fun, and it kind of felt like coming home," she said, an apparent reference to the supernaturally themed indie "Suburban Gothic," in which she plays a tough-minded small-town bartender. "On the Marvel films, we're all really close and good friends. But going to another big film where I didn't know anyone would feel a little bit daunting at this point."