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Rose Byrne: I had to learn comedy

Rose Byrne was recently talking to Paul Rudd about how they got into comedy.

The Australian actress got her big break in US TV show Damages, which she starred in from 2007 to 2012. The crime drama won a Golden Globe and four Emmys over its five-year run and launched Rose in America.

After starring in 2011's Bridesmaids Rose quickly become one of Hollywood's go-to comedy actresses, and she's since starred with a host of other funny names.

"I'm unbelievably grateful! And I've definitely learned watching these masters. The thing with people like Owen [Wilson] and Melissa [McCarthy] and [Kristen] Wiig is it's just effortless. And that's kind of fascinating to me. It's so effortless to them, and I'm like, 'Wow! How do they make it look so easy when it's not?'" Rose laughed to Details magazine.

"You know when a comedy is working; it's harder with a drama to tell. But you know straight away with a comedy."

Rose isn't the only star to have transitioned to comedy over the last few years. Paul Rudd, who rose to fame in 90s classic Clueless and then in Friends, has also become a leading star in funny movies.

His work with director and producer Judd Apatow in films like Anchorman and This is 40 has completely changed the course of his career.

"I was just talking about this with Paul Rudd the other night. He's a good friend. He trained in England as a dramatic actor, he's done a lot of plays on Broadway. But as a viewer, you kind of assume that he's trained in Groundlings [famous LA comedy company] and he's a comedian by nature. But it's just not the case at all. It's one of those things where you go where it's warm and end up in this genre," Rose explained.

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