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The Eight Career Options for Romantic-Comedy Heroines

Before making No Strings Attached, Natalie Portman always wanted to star in a romantic comedy, but she was wary of the genre's typical female lead. "The girls are always in fashion, and it’s always about their clothes," she told Entertainment Weekly. "That stuff offends me." In No Strings, Portman instead plays a workaholic doctor, but what she may not realize is that the female M.D. who has sex like a man is a rom-com cliché, too. In fact, you can tell a lot about a woman in a romantic comedy by the profession she's been assigned, so Vulture analyzed the eight most common careers of the genre to see just what they say about the women who pursue them (and the sort of men they inevitably fall for).