Thanks to the abundance of stories about feckless twentysomething guys and the women they fetishize, the manic pixie dream girl is almost a prerequisite archetype for any romantic comedy made these days. But as Ramona Flowers, the object of the title character's desire in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is given a lot more to do than change her hair color, look gorgeously wounded and watch her co-star flounder around at her feet. And it's her substance, her character's actual own problems, that not only distinguish Ramona from her manic pixie counterparts, but highlight just how talented Winstead is as an actress.

Cinematical recently sat down with Winstead at the Los Angeles press day for the film, where the actress shed her character's Technicolor hair for classic brown. In addition to talking about bringing dimensionality to the woman who drives Scott Pilgrim to battle seven evil exes, Winstead discussed the challenges of finding real and substantive opportunities as an actress, and reflected on the possibility of becoming part of the pop-culture benchmark that Scott Pilgrim promises to be for its attention-deficient, hopelessly romantic generation.