The To Do List
2013 • In Theaters July 26th • Brandy
Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Clark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall.
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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
2013 • In Theaters & On Demand Now • Marnie
A graphic designer's enviable life slides into despair when his girlfriend breaks up with him.
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Safety Not Guaranteed
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.
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When you began filming the final season of Parks and Recreation, your TV husband, Chris Pratt (who plays Andy), had in real life just anchored last year’s biggest movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. How did success go to the head of one of the nicest guys around?
He forgot my name, which is the weirdest thing about the whole situation. I guess when you’re the star of a Marvel movie and super, super famous and you’re flown all over the world, you meet so many people that your ability to pay attention is gone. So yeah, he forgot my name. I mean my real name, not my character April on the show. I had to keep reminding him, and he’d say, “Oh right. Right, right.” But I don’t fault him, because being a movie star is hard. They say that movie stars meet 60 times more people than the average person, so of course your brain gets cloudy. I don’t hold that against him. I think he’s great. [laughs]
None of that is true, by the way. You told me it would be okay to lie. Chris did not forget my name. He’s the kindest, most amazing person ever, and he didn’t change a bit except that his fucking body is ripped beyond belief. He’s the same old lovable golden retriever of a man I had to hug and touch and kiss a lot—because it’s my job. I just tried to make the best of it.
Here’s a question from one of your Parks and Recreation cast mates. “When one examines your talent, beauty and humor, not to mention your excellent many teeth, it is quite apparent that you have entered into a bargain with Lucifer. What services did the Dark Father require of you in exchange for your winning glamours?”
That’s like a backhanded compliment. You’re not going to tell me who? Oh wait, I know. This is from Satan himself, the Dark Lord, Nick Offerman. We have an evil connection. It’s a very good question. The Dark Father required many things of me: the blood of a thousand infants, the teeth of a thousand corpses. I have it all written down on my iPad.
Does Nick require that you be as fearless as he is when it comes to getting or playing a part?
Do you mean having sex with people to get a part? We’re similar in that way too. He taught me that. He was one of the first people out here who told me you have to have sex with the most people you can, especially the ones who make decisions, and I said okay. You don’t even have to confine it to business. Use sex to get whatever you’re trying to get.
You’re TV’s modern queen of the deadpan look. Do you have a favorite?
A dead-eyes stare. No eyebrow movement, no facial creases at all; you just stare right into someone’s soul—the Botox deadpan.
You’re named after a song by Bread. When you think of bread, what kind comes to mind?
Just a straight-up bag of Wonder Bread. I would never buy that now, but I grew up on it, and SpaghettiOs and hot dogs and stuff like that.
You went to an all-girls Catholic high school. Defend single-sex education.
I loved it. I would send my kid to an all-girls school. Some people say it’s no good, that it’s not the real world and girls won’t learn how to interact normally. I disagree. At that age it was helpful to eliminate the distraction of guys in school. I like uniforms. I didn’t have to think about dressing myself or how I looked. I just focused on the important stuff. It made me more confident in the classroom.
Is show business conducive to long-term love relationships?
Oh God, I don’t think so, not from what I can see, and I look very hard for it. I’m curious about that. Whenever I meet a married couple who are in the business, I always ask them a million questions to figure out what’s really going on, because I don’t know how that’s going to work out. For a successful actor there are lots of choices and temptations. We’re all just human. Actors are like con artists. We want to make a memorable impression. Amy Poehler once gave me good advice. She said when someone is charming, it’s an action. Charm is a verb, not a quality.
You’ve said that you admire Charlie Sheen and Bill Murray because they’re unapologetic about who they are. Do you aspire to be part of that tradition? Famous people get lots of stuff projected on them and feel constantly judged. It can take a toll. Charlie and Bill, both of whom I’ve worked with, don’t seem affected by fame or status. They are who they are. I don’t even aspire to fame. I just want to work and not let anything else affect me. But I’m only human, so sometimes I care too much—or too little—about what others think.
We read that you wanted to play Dr. Bruce “the Hulk” Banner’s cousin, superhero She-Hulk. Given all the garment rending, describe her wardrobe options.
I don’t know if I was sober when I said that, but I would like that part. Give it to me. It would be fun to play a sexy scientist who gets really angry and can then do anything she wants. I would like to be wearing a sexy business-casual outfit that rips when I get big and then I’m wearing—I don’t know, maybe a sports bra and some boy shorts? Something sporty so I can run around and fuck shit up. Or maybe a slip, some kind of undergarments but keeping it classy.
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|Aubrey Plaza explains ‘Parks and Recreation’ in 30 seconds|
The actress who plays April Ludgate on NBC’s hit show tries to recall everything that’s happened…in 30 seconds.
|Aubrey Plaza on Being Grumpy Cat and Saying Goodbye to ‘Parks and Recreation’|
|Filed Under: Interviews • Posted on November 24th, 2014 by Jennifer • Comments Off on Aubrey Plaza on Being Grumpy Cat and Saying Goodbye to ‘Parks and Recreation’|
Aubrey Plaza’s Twitter handle is @evilhag, but she’s more sentimental than you might think. She loves Christmas movies, for instance, so when she was asked to give a voice one of the biggest Internet memes, she couldn’t turn it down.
The result is Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, which debuts November 29 at 8 PM Eastern on Lifetime. Plaza plays the voice of the frowning feline in this crazy, super-meta, über-odd live-action movie where she helps a little girl save her favorite pet store. She played Grumpy Cat much like her misanthropic character on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, April Ludgate, but she refuses to be typecast; once Parks ends its final season this spring, the Upright Citizens Brigade-trained Plaza will put that blasé character on the shelf and explore roles that feel “scary to me in some way,” such as the ones in recent independent films like About Alex and Life After Beth.
Plaza took a break from filming the Parks series finale to talk to me about being Grumpy Cat, what she looks for in her movie roles, why April will always be near to her heart, and how emotional this final season of Parks has been.
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|Aubrey Plaza On Prank Calls, Online Rumors and Her First AOL Screen Name|
|Filed Under: Interviews, Magazine Alerts • Posted on November 20th, 2014 by Jennifer • Comments Off on Aubrey Plaza On Prank Calls, Online Rumors and Her First AOL Screen Name|
She won us over with her bluntly lovable Parks & Recreation character April Ludgate. She toughened up Funny People, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and episodes of Portlandia, and she recently made meme history by voicing the title role of Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. Through it all, Aubrey Plaza has been an outspoken lover of pranks, so we spent an afternoon watching her prank-call businesses while wielding her signature deadpan at the camera. Below, Plaza offers some pranking pro-tips and reveals that her original AOL screen name was “RadBeaver.”
What’s the most important thing about making a successful prank call?
Never use your name. Always use the name “Tiffany Amber Theesin” — spelled exactly like that.
Best prank you’ve ever pulled?
Following my middle-school principal home in a cardboard box after school. I followed her down the street, and every time she turned around I would drop down and hide in the box. She knew it was me.
How do you prank people via social media?
I believe the Internet is one huge prank on everyone in the world. The joke is on us. And sure, there are many ways… I like to sign people up for ridiculous email subscriptions that they definitely don’t want.
Has anyone ever prank-called you?
My little sister and her friends called me once and told me that my sister was high for the first time and freaking out, and I believed them and proceeded to “talk her down” for an hour before they broke and then laughed at me and told me I sounded like a mom.
What’s the weirdest or least accurate thing you’ve ever read about yourself online?
That I am entirely made up of human parts.
Do you see social networking as an integral part of your work, or do you prefer to outsource it?
I am only on Twitter because I joined a long time ago and have never outsourced it. I don’t see it as an integral part of my work at all… It has nothing to do with my work. It’s mostly something I do when I’m bored or feel like promoting something I care about. Or a way for me to confront anonymous haters of my basketball team, the Pistol Shrimps.
What would your career look like in a world without the Internet?
The same? Is this a trick question? I’m scared.
What was your AOL screen name?
For real, my first AOL screen name ever was “RadBeaver.” This is not a joke. I thought beavers were funny animals and had no idea that it would attract creepers in chat rooms. Once I learned the other meaning of “beaver” I quickly got off AOL and joined a convent.
What were you into in the early web 2.0 days — Friendster? Myspace? LiveJournal?
I was really into any blogspot. I created a ton of fake blogs. Two favorites: saltyseahags.blogspot.com (a humor blog written from the point of view of a sea witch that lives in the bottom of the ocean) and imghanadie.blogspot.com (an actual love journal of my study abroad experience in Ghana — this really pissed off my parents).
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve bought online?
A toilet goblin.
Whom do you stalk on Instagram?
Really old people. Can’t get enough of them. The older the better. Send them all to me. Please.
If you could adopt any web-famous animal, who would it be?
How often do you Google yourself?
I don’t have to because my MOTHER DOES IT EVERY SECOND AND THEN TELLS ME ABOUT IT!!!
What’s the longest you’ve ever been offline?
Not long at all but when I’m done emailing this interview to you I am going to throw all of my devices into the LA river and join a forest cult and check trees and instead of stupid emails.
|How Aubrey Plaza Became Grumpy Cat|
|Filed Under: Interviews, Videos • Posted on November 7th, 2014 by Jennifer • Comments Off on How Aubrey Plaza Became Grumpy Cat|
Take a behind-the-scenes look at how “Parks and Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza transformed herself into the Internet’s most famous cat for the new Lifetime movie “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever,” premiering Saturday, November 29 at 8/7c on Lifetime.
|Aubrey Plaza Is Not Mocking You|
|Filed Under: Interviews • Posted on August 9th, 2014 by Jennifer • Comments Off on Aubrey Plaza Is Not Mocking You|
Your latest film, “About Alex,” has been called “ ‘The Big Chill’ for millennials.” Is there a way to describe it that doesn’t sound like a terrible studio pitch? I’m the worst at describing anything. I can barely put sentences together. It’s about a bunch of friends who go in the woods and some of them have sex with each other and some of them fight and they learn things and you realize that the only thing that matters is love and the connections we have and that the Internet is evil.
Your character in “About Alex” is not at all like April Ludgate, your character from “Parks and Recreation.” Is it a challenge to play someone who isn’t droll or deadpan, or is it a relief to finally get away from that? It’s a fun challenge to make people accept me as not April and to show that I can do more than roll my eyes. But everything is a challenge for me. Waking up is challenging for me. I can barely put my clothes on in the morning.
You’re so sarcastic that it’s sometimes difficult to tell when you’re being sincere. Believe me, it’s a bigger problem for me. I don’t even know when I’m being serious or not. I can’t tell how I truly feel about anything.
Can your friends or family tell when you’re being genuine with them? Sometimes. I think it’s just the tone of my voice that throws people off. Zooey Deschanel recently told me, “Everything that you say to someone sounds like you’re mocking them.” I was like, “But I’m not.” And she was like, “Even when you just said that, it sounded like you were mocking me.”
You have another movie coming out this month, “Life After Beth,” in which you play a zombie. Did you watch a lot of classic zombie movies to prepare for that? I decided to purposely not watch anything and just kind of wing it. Because I have this brewing demonic monstrous energy inside of me, and I’ve never really had a way to express it. So I didn’t prepare at all. I just went with my instincts. I was like, I’m just going to see what happens when I tap into my monster self.
I doubt many people think, Aubrey Plaza, yeah, she’s got a real rage inside her. That’s a bit surprising. I’m holding a lot of things in. Let’s just leave it at that. Every movie that I do is cathartic, because in my real life I do have a problem with, you know, emoting and letting my feelings out.
The movie also stars your B.F.F., Anna Kendrick. Is it fair to describe her as your B.F.F.? For your purposes, yes. Why not?
You’ve gone on a trip to Mexico with her. You were her Oscars date. You tweet to each other adorably. It seems only a matter of time before you get matching tattoos. It’s true. We have a very deep connection, and it’s hard to have friendships in this town. We have a mutual respect for each other, professionally and personally. And we’re also sexually attracted to each other. That’s another kind of layer of our relationship. We always talk about how we were born in the wrong era of Hollywood. I feel like we could have really ruled the 1930s MGM studio system. If we’d been signed with MGM, we would have owned that [expletive]. But it’s not really like that anymore.
Why does the old Hollywood studio system seem so appealing to you? There’s just something kind of old-school about being signed with a bunch of other actresses and having to hustle and compete in that way. Now any old person can just, you know, pop up out of nowhere.
I thought you were going to say YouTube and the kids. Well, I was going to say that. Still, I want Mr. Meyer to, like, call me up to his office and tell me that I’ve got a four-picture deal. That’s what I want, but that’s not going to happen. Instead, I’ve got to do sexy photo shoots, and I don’t even know what I’m doing.
You don’t like the promotional part of it, the photo shoots and interviews and talk shows? Have you ever seen me on a talk show? I’m the worst interview guest ever.
|“Welcome to Sweden” Aubrey Plaza Interview|
|Filed Under: Interviews, Videos • Posted on July 5th, 2014 by Jennifer • Comments Off on “Welcome to Sweden” Aubrey Plaza Interview|
Guest star Aubrey Plaza talks Welcome to Sweden, premiering Thursday, July 10 at 9/8c on NBC.
|Is Aubrey Plaza Really Bringing Daria to the Big Screen?|
|Filed Under: Interviews • Posted on January 30th, 2014 by Jennifer • Comments Off on Is Aubrey Plaza Really Bringing Daria to the Big Screen?|
After Aubrey Plaza’s pitch-perfect spoof of Daria Morgendorffer appeared on CollegeHumor, rumors of a big screen revival of the ’90s after-school staple abounded. And while late-twentysomethings are totally ready to dust off their Five Star spirals and *69 their very own high-school Trents (oh my gawd, that soul patch), the Parks and Recreation star remains somewhat mum on the topic. “I have no idea!” she tells ELLE.com via e-mail. “I heard that there were rumblings, but I don’t know.”
One film role that is a sure thing? Playing Dane DeHaan’s zombie girlfriend in real-life boyfriend Jeff Baena’s directorial debut, Life After Beth (which was picked up for distribution by A24 five days after its Sundance premiere). In a glowing review, Variety called Plaza’s an “increasingly intriguing career.” And despite being known for her acerbic delivery—Is April Ludgate responsible for the death of the Manic Pixie Girl trope?—her recent spate of indies, such as last year’s Safety Not Guaranteed, continue to reveal a softer, more dimensional side to the comedienne. “I do not want to do the same thing over and over again, she explains. “I work hard to find diversity in the roles I choose.”
To that end, Plaza refuses to come unhinged in the presence of an awkward situation. “I don’t get embarrassed having to do anything as far as acting,” she says. And despite earlier protestations, she still tends to slip back into trademark sarcasm: “In real life, however, it is totally embarrassing to act like an insane carnivorous zombie,” she says. “People are always put off by that.”
Yeah, totally lame people.
|Popsugar Interview At Sundance|
|Filed Under: Interviews, Videos • Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Jennifer • Comments Off on Popsugar Interview At Sundance|
Aubrey Plaza plays a zombie in her new film Life After Beth at the Sundance Film Festival, and apparently it took more than just practice to get her character perfect for the big screen. Aubrey joked that there were some “drugs” involved too. Plus, you won’t believe what she said about Amy Poehler’s recent Golden Globe win.
|Why Aubrey Plaza Still Wants to Lick Dane DeHaan’s Face|
|Filed Under: Interviews, Videos • Posted on January 24th, 2014 by Jennifer • Comments Off on Why Aubrey Plaza Still Wants to Lick Dane DeHaan’s Face|
Zom-com-rom-dram. Maybe you’ve never heard the term before, but wait until you catch Life After Beth, the Sundance film starring Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza as a zombie and Chronicle’s Dane DeHaan as the man who loves her. It’s the kind of film that didn’t just require the two to have good chemistry, but to get close . . . like way too close. “It wasn’t hard to lick his face and try to eat him,” Plaza told V.F.’s Krista Smith. “I want to do it right now.”
Though DeHaan and Plaza both have their experience with indies—Plaza in last year’s The To Do List, DeHaan in Lawless and The Place Beyond the Pines—he’ll be the one making a major leap to blockbusters this year with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, coming to theaters in May. “Honestly, the majority of it wasn’t green-screen-madness action, “DeHaan told Smith. “I think that’s one thing that’s really cool about Spider-Man. It’s also a lot of human stories.” That said, there’s plenty of action, and DeHaan’s muscles know it. “I worked with a trainer six days a week, and by the end of it, I was eating 5,500 calories a day.”
Having played a super-villain in Chronicle, the recipient of a punch to the face in The Place Beyond the Pines, and burn victim in the Metallica movie Metallica Through The Never, DeHaan says he was relieved not to be the one in the makeup chair for hours. That job fell to Plaza, who said the “full-on, stage-four zombie” makeup took three to four hours to accomplish. “It was my first time being in prosthetics or anything like that, so it was always interesting to me,” Plaza said. She also told DeHaan she wouldn’t mind getting burn makeup like he had in Chronicle. “Yeah, I would like for you to,” he told her. With nothing but love, of course.