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Other actors have different coping techniques.

Mindy Kaling, fresh from “The Office,” is the creator-writer-star of the Fox comedy “The Mindy Project,” which suggests she might be feeling extra waves of pressure.

But there’s good news, she said, for a multi-hyphenate: “When you’re starring in a show you’re also writing, you don’t have extra time to do the neurotic things I would normally do, like obsess.”

“You get nervous as hell,” confided series veteran Michael Chiklis, now back with “Vegas,” a CBS drama. “I feel like this show is such a great thing, but I’m mildly superstitious and afraid to be cocky. I don’t want to get ahead of myself.”

Terry O’Quinn, who scored belated TV stardom on “Lost,” now is headlining as a devilish landlord on ABC’s spooky thriller “666 Park Avenue,” and he takes nothing for granted.

“I feel very uncertain, not terribly well-balanced,” he said with a wan smile, “and having done this for a living for this long, that’s a fairly normal state. I hope the show succeeds, but I’ve become pretty philosophical about the numerous failures that one suffers in this business.”

Jordana Spiro, who formerly starred in the TBS comedy “My Boys,” insisted that right now she means to “keep my head down and do good work and not look like a schmuck” on her new Fox drama, “The Mob Doctor.”

But after it premieres, that could change. “If people really respond to it I may get a bit dizzy and say, ‘Whoa, wait a second! This is kind of a big deal!’ “

Meanwhile, nothing can hold back JoAnna Garcia Swisher. A star of the NBC sitcom “Animal Practice” (which got a post-Olympics preview on Sunday), she already is dreaming about a big deal.

“I’m always hoping for the best, that’s my personality,” she explained with a grin. “I’m already thinking about syndication!”