Jennifer Carpenter: "I’ve Got a Lot More to Do As an Actor, I’m Really Good at the Math of Comedy"

Via: Jennifer Carpenter is ready for a laugh. After six years of playing serial killer Dexter Morgan’s (Michael C. Hall) tough, foul-mouthed sister on “Dexter,” the thirty-two year-old says she’s looking forward to lighter fare once the show ends its run in Season 8.

“I feel like I’ve been in the womb for far too long, and it’s time to give birth to something else,” she tells “I’m ready.”

While Carpenter admits the prospect of life after “Dexter” is “terrifying,” she’s hoping to break new ground in comedy. “I’ve got a lot more to do as an actor,” she says. “I feel like I’m really good at the math of comedy. This plus this equals people laughing.”

Still, she has mixed emotions about saying farewell to Lieutenant Debra Morgan and the Emmy-winning series. “The show has been a trailblazer in a way, and I don’t want us to lose that sort of momentum or admiration [from the audience],” she says. “We did something new which is a courageous thing to do.” But, she adds, “It’s also a courageous thing to leave.”

With filming on Season 7 of “Dexter” underway, Carpenter has simultaneously been plucking away at developing a comedy vehicle for herself. The details of the project are vague, but Carpenter says she’s enlisted the help of “Dexter’s” writing staff to help plot her next move. “There are a lot of amazing resources on ‘Dexter.’ We have [executive producer] Sara Colleton who brought the books to Showtime and the whole idea of the project here. I’m in her ear all the time. I want her opinion on everything. And the core writers, too. I want to take advantage of all of them.”

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  1. Love her. Can't wait to see what she does after Dexter. I hope she continues to shine and start to get the recognition she deserves in her own right.

    Time to exit the womb... Yes, I feel she has been over shadowed and over looked a little bit in Dexter so far, especially where award nominations are concerned. But that may change in these next 2 seasons. I hope so!

    Go Carpenter!

    1. Agreed.

      She's a admirable actress. I enjoyed her performances in "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and "Quarantine" as well as in "Dexter". The way she acts is always pleasant to watch. It's not boring. It has character. She's not one of this typical hollywood actresses who can easily replaced by someone else.

      It's a shame she didn't get the reward she deserves. But, so what? Her fans love her and that should worth a lot more than any award given by a jury.

    2. Thul

      You must be some sort of fan to sit through Quarantine, oh my, that was a terrible movie! LOL

      I've seen pretty much everything she's been in, but that one was difficult to make it through!


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