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Samantha Simon
Jun 13, 2016 @ 4:15 pm

It’s a big week for Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Just last night, the actress hit the red carpet at the Tony Awards in a dazzling Zuhair Murad gown paired with Atelier Swarovski jewelry and an Edie Parker clutch. During the broadcast, she presented Hamilton’s Renée Elise Goldsberry with the trophy for Best Featured Actress in a Musical—but before she headed inside for the show, Winstead gave InStyle the scoop on her show-stopping red carpet look.

“I love how sparkly it is,” she said. “I just really want to have fun, because I’m only here to present. I’m not a theater actor, I’m just here hanging out. So it’s the best time to wear something fun and have a good time.”

While Sunday night’s focus was on Broadway’s biggest stars, all eyes will be on Winstead tonight. She takes on the lead role in CBS’s new series, BrainDead, which premieres at 10 p.m. ET. The show comes from the creators of The Good Wife, Robert and Michelle King—and while their latest show still revolves around politics, this time, they’re throwing some alien brain-altering bugs into the mix. (Yes, really.)

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The result? A comic-thriller that’s a new breed all its own, according to Winstead, who plays a documentary filmmaker-turned-Capitol Hill staffer on the show. “You can look forward to the weirdest, most absurd, bizarre thing on television—because it really is,” said Winstead. “But it works in such a way that makes you really root for the characters and want to keep watching.”

The plot is certainly intriguing, that’s for sure. “I’m excited for people to see it,” said Winstead. “There’s so much great TV right now, but I think we’re all ready for something different—and this is definitely that show.”

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