She might play a therapist on the new ABC sitcom The Trouble With Normal
(Fridays, 8:30 pm/ET), but Paget Brewster
is one of the last people you're ever likely to catch in a shrink's chair.
"Where I come from, therapy is for weirdos," the Massachusetts native says. "You also don't get in there and tinker and screw around because, you know, all kinds of garbage can come out of you and then you're really messed up."
Still, the star says getting the Trouble gig ? along with co-stars Larry Joe Campbell, Jon Cryer, David Krumholtz and Brad Raider ? might be a sign that it's time to give psychiatry a shot. "I do feel compelled, but I just can't bring myself to do it," she admits. "I'm scared they're going to find out something is really wrong with me, and I feel like I'm a pretty well-functioning adult."
The actress also fears that if she starts undergoing real-life counseling, she might find herself arguing with the show's writers over what a therapist would and would not say. "Then I'll be shutting down storylines," she admits, "and I don't want to do that."
At the very least, Brewster is considering attending a support group. "I would like [that]," she says. "But then that doesn't seem fair. What group therapy am I going to go to? [They'll just say], 'Oh, the actress is here tonight.' "