Before Carrie Brownstein was the Emmy-nominated writer and star of IFC TV series Portlandia, she was a singer-guitarist in beloved feminist-rock band Sleater-Kinney, formed in 1994. But when the trio went on hiatus in 2006, she ventured into new territory, sketching comedy bits with fellow actor-musician Fred Armisen that paved the road to Portlandia's biting, bizarro satire (just renewed for its sixth and seventh seasons). Brownstein, 40, has since landed roles in Amazon's Golden Globe winner Transparent and Todd Haynes' upcoming film, Carol.

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