Lizzy Caplan | Showtime's 'Masters of Sex'
Her role: Set in the 1950s Eisenhower era, the drama follows Caplan as she portrays arousal analyst Virginia Johnson. Twice-divorced and a single mom, Caplan's character researches alongside the brilliant and curious Dr. William Masters, played by actor Michael Sheen. The pair are ultimately credited as the pioneers of human sexuality, unleashing the sexual revolution of the 1960s.
Where we've seen her before: Caplan played outcast and friend to Lindsay Lohan in the film "Mean Girls." On television, she's known for her small but recurring roles on "New Girl" and "True Blood." (Craig Blankenhorn / Showtime /March 21, 2012)
Under fire for its historic lack for black female cast members, "Saturday Night Live" is holding auditions to add an African American woman to the cast.
But will it be enough?
The veteran series sponsored a showcase exclusively for black women last week at the Groundlings Theatre and held another showcase in New York, although sources declined to say whether that it was also for black women exclusively. At least one additional showcase will be held.
The search has commenced after cast member Jay Pharoah complained in October that the show was too white.
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Lorne Michaels, creator of the series, has said finding a black woman for the cast is a "priority."
Although the show appears to be moving forward with trying to add a black woman, it remains to be seen whether the current effort is more than a stopgap attempt to silence critics or if more efforts are underway to add other ethnic minorities besides African Americans to the predominantly white cast.
"SNL" has hired only white performers from CBS' annual Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase featuring mostly people of color — young blacks, Latinos, Asians and Indians.
One participant in the 2011 showcase was current "SNL" performer Kate McKinnon, who is gay.
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