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In The Alienist, Fan­ning—Elle’s older sis­ter—stars as a po­lice sec­re­tary in the late 1890s help­ing her male col­leagues search for one of New York City’s first se­rial killers. The TNT se­ries be­gins Jan. 22. Then Jan. 26, in the movie Please Stand By, Fan­ning, 23, will play Wendy, a young autis­tic woman who runs away to en­ter a writ­ing con­test with a Star Trek script she’s writ­ten.

What drew you to The Alienist?

Get­ting to see the birth of psy­chol­ogy and foren­sics. It wasn’t ac­tu­ally that long ago that peo­ple didn’t know about fin­ger­prints and things.

Your char­ac­ter, Sara, is con­flicted about how fem­i­nine she can be in a man’s world.

Sara is com­ing into her fem­i­nin­ity and sex­u­al­ity. She’s some­one who’s try­ing to be taken se­ri­ously. She’s con­stantly try­ing to prove her­self, but she is con­fi­dent in her­self and in her own in­tel­li­gence.

For a scene in Please Stand By, you had to learn how to talk Klin­gon.

Yeah, it was so funny. I laughed re­ally hard do­ing that scene with Pat­ton Oswalt. We had a teacher that recorded all the lines for us so that we could say them pho­net­i­cally.

You are jug­gling col­lege si­mul­ta­ne­ously with your act­ing ca­reer.

I’ve taken at least one class ev­ery se­mes­ter since the be­gin­ning. I do a lot of in­de­pen­dent stud­ies. I’m just sol­dier­ing on and I should be done soon.

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