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Taryn Manning guest stars on "Law & Order: SVU"

January 4, 2011 Eminem, Taryn Manning

Actress Taryn Manning is no stranger to portraying troubled characters in both television and film, but she says she wants to focus on landing more comedic roles.

The Hollywood actress, who guest stars in an upcoming episode of NBC television drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," revealed that she "would cut off my right pinky to do more comedies."

"I have so many friends that are actors, and they always say to me, 'God, Taryn, I would kill to play the edgy, tortured roles you get to play,' and I'm like well I'd kill to play the girl next door who's just giggling and happy," Manning told AHN during a telephone interview Monday.

In the episode, the 32-year-old actress plays a young woman who is attacked in her apartment by someone who holds a secret to her dark past.

Emotionally charged roles are nothing new to Manning. She played rapper Eminem's scorned pregnant girlfriend in "8 Mile," an unruly teen in "Crazy/Beautiful," and a college student who is tormented by a cold-blooded killer in the 2009 horror film "Kill Theory. "

But even though the actress says she wants to break out into doing more romantic comedies, she's not complaining. Manning says the "tortured soul" roles she's been known for have made her the actress she is today.

I've made peace with it, and I realized that this is probably how I'm going to win my Oscar," she joked. "At that point once I win that, then I get to do whatever I want."

The episode titled "Possessed" will air Wednesday, January 5.

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