By Mandi Bierly
Updated July 15, 2010 at 07:00 PM EDT
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Image Credit: Janet Mayer/PR PhotosModern Family actress (and Emmy nominee) Julie Bowen has nabbed roles in two films. According to Variety, she’ll play Kevin Spacey’s wife in the star-packed comedy Horrible Bosses, which also features Jason Bateman, Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston, and Jason Sudeikis. She’ll then take on the role of “a high-strung wedding planner” in Jumping the Broom, whichThe Hollywood Reporter says revolves around “two black families from opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum meeting for the first time during a weekend wedding in Martha’s Vineyard.” That ensemble includes Precious‘ Paula Patton and Avatar‘s Laz Alonso as the happy couple, and Angela Bassett as the mother of the bride.

Could Bowen be about to corner the market on “high-strung” females? Is it that angular jaw that makes her playing tense so convincing? Her enunciation? The crispness she radiates when wearing a button-down shirt with her hair up? What’s special about Bowen on Modern Family is that no matter how wound up she gets, no matter how many daggers she shoots from eyes, I still want to be Claire’s friend. That’s a gift.

Who’s your favorite actress playing high-strung?

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Modern Family

Parents just don’t understand… and neither do kids or spouses in this hit ensemble comedy

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