"Silicon Valley" Actress Amanda Crew Is More Than Just One of the Boys

If you think Silicon Valley—HBO’s comedy series about a group of brainy friends trying to make it big in the tech world—is just a show for men, Amanda Crew is here to tell you otherwise.

As Monica, a character known more for her savvy investment skills than her romantic life, Crew is bringing a fresh female perspective to the male-dominated industry (and show!). And the powerful takeaway for women watching is not lost on her. “She could easily just be a sex symbol or love interest as her role,” Crew says. “[Monica] shows girls that your work isn’t just your looks and that’s not all you can offer to a man.”

Ahead, we talk with Crew about standing out in the ultimate boys’ club, the successful women who inspire her, and, of course, redecorating her home.

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