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Jennifer     January 03, 2023

When Aubrey Plaza read the script for “Emily the Criminal,” an electric Los Angeles-set thriller about a young woman with a criminal record, a mountain of student debt and few job prospects, she knew she wanted to take on the role — in large part because it was something different, something she hadn’t tackled before.

“A lot of times,” she says, “I’ll be talking about a project with someone, and they’ll go, ‘We’ll tailor it just for you! We’ll rewrite it just for you!’ And that’s my nightmare. I’m like, ‘I don’t want you to do that. You don’t know who I am — you think you know, but you don’t.’ I’m an actor — just let me act.”

The 38-year-old star got her wish, resulting in one of 2022’s most startling performances. Although best known for her sardonic turns on “Parks and Recreation” and in idiosyncratic indies such as “Black Bear,” Plaza found a steelier, more desperate gear as the financially strapped Emily, who gets sucked into the black-market world of “dummy shopping,” where stolen credit card numbers are used to purchase high-end goods. Also serving as a producer, which she’s done on several of her recent pictures, Plaza is both rawer and more vulnerable in “Emily the Criminal” than she’s ever been, earning acting nominations for the Gotham and Independent Spirit awards.

“I didn’t really think about how I was going to play it,” she says. “I just knew that I wanted to be her.” Eventually, she and writer-director John Patton Ford also realized that Theo Rossi, who plays Youcef, the head of this criminal operation, whose interest in Emily blossoms from a business partnership into a romance, would be the perfect co-star.

“John called me after he met Theo and was like, ‘This is our guy,’” she says during a mid-December video call. “When I got on a Zoom with Theo, he started giving me s— and busting my b—. It just felt like we knew each other — we were super comfortable sparring immediately.”

Rossi, who received a Spirit nomination as well, smiles as Plaza relates that anecdote, adding, “The second we got on [the call], it was like, ‘OK, we need to do this. I don’t know if anyone will ever see it, but we’re going to make something cool.’”

But to get to the point of casting Rossi, Plaza first had to spend years trying to secure “Emily the Criminal’s” financing. Partly, the difficulty was first-time feature filmmaker Ford’s lack of a track record. But, as Plaza notes, “I think it was [also] a me problem. It’s always interesting what position you’re in as an actor, what number you can greenlight a movie at — it changes all the time. And I think it was a script problem: It’s an action movie, there’s car-chase sequences, and I basically said, ‘I want to make this movie for $5 million or more.’ I wanted it to look good. It was just hard — the independent film business is rough, and it’s been rough out there for a while.”

The movie examines the criminal underworld with clear-eyed bluntness as the seemingly unassuming Emily discovers, to her shock, that she can acquit herself nicely around dangerous individuals. But for Rossi, whose Youcef has gotten involved in dummy shopping because he’s an immigrant seeking a piece of the American dream, the character’s struggles resonated with his own upbringing.

“I’ve grown up around every level of criminal, from white-collar to petty thieves to full-blown lock-up, life-in-prison criminals,” he says. “A lot of people don’t want to be in criminal situations. Some of the best people I’ve ever met have been in the criminal element — they have dreams and they have hopes, but they’re in a bad position. What I loved so much was that [Youcef] doesn’t want to be in this life — he just wants a better life for his mom, which is so admirable.”

The disarming sweetness Rossi brings to Youcef is juxtaposed with the rattling, barely concealed anxiety Plaza lends to Emily, who must navigate several frightening situations, from stealing a car to being assaulted by crooks in her apartment, never once allowing herself to lose her cool. Asked how she harnessed such a white-knuckle performance, Plaza says, “I think the nature of the production came into play,” an acknowledgment that “Emily the Criminal,” now streaming on Netflix, was filmed in just three weeks. “Every day was really hard. We were in all the real locations — the actors that we had were so great that I felt transported. Craig Stark, a brilliant actor who breaks into my apartment, when I saw him, I immediately knew, ‘This is going to be a really long night for me, this is going to be tough, this feels really real.’ I allowed myself to just surrender to the circumstances.”

Just as surprising as Emily’s embrace of the criminal life is her growing attraction to Youcef, who starts off as her prickly boss but soon reveals his sensitive side. The characters’ palpable sexual chemistry seems to be a byproduct of the ribbing the actors gave each other in their initial Zoom meeting, but what adds spark is the question of whether Emily and Youcef’s courtship is actually true love — or if they’re just two opportunists both longing to break free of financial hardships.

“I’m such a romantic, I always want to root for the love story,” Plaza offers. “[What] was the most appealing thing about this movie is this unexpected love story. That’s why people go to the movies — they want to watch people fall in love. I think it was a real love story.”

Rossi doesn’t entirely agree. “It’s a complicated thing,” he replies. “Some people who are married for 30 years, there’s something they need from each other. And I think that there is a need that [Emily and Youcef] had for each other. I think that she represented hope for him — she really is the leader of that relationship; she’s his cheerleader. I’m a deep romantic at heart, and I think he just absolutely loved her. But I also think she’s a survivalist.”

The ambiguity of their romance — and the movie’s refusal to resolve itself tidily — is emblematic of a bygone age of risk-taking American cinema, one that Plaza and Rossi clearly adore, considering how admiringly they discuss John Cassavetes and the New Hollywood era. Appropriately for a film featuring characters fighting to find something lasting in a world that seems to have little room for them, the actors who brought Emily and Youcef to life want to make a mark in an industry that’s systematically squeezing out smart, low-budget movies like theirs.

“I mean, that’s what I love about [‘Emily the Criminal’]: It feels old-school,” Plaza says. “Not to brag, but I was just talking to Kevin Bacon. I’m not going to put words in his mouth, but he loved the movie, and we were nerding out about it. He was saying, ‘Yeah, it reminds me of movies from the ‘70s and how movies used to feel.’ You’re dropped into a really interesting character’s world and you just spend some time with them. Movies used to be like that — there’s not a lot of original stories like that anymore.”

Source: LA Times

Jennifer     December 30, 2022

Aubrey Plaza has an unrivaled candor that lends itself to honest interviews—not to mention scene-stealing performances on everything from workplace sitcoms to Marvel series to gritty crime thrillers. Here, the “White Lotus” and “Emily the Criminal” star opens up about her biggest career mistake and her exasperation with the word “deadpan.”

What’s one performance every actor should see and why?
Gena Rowlands in “A Woman Under the Influence.” That’s the obvious one for me, because she’s just so good. You can’t take your eyes off of her.

Of all the roles you’ve played, which one shaped you the most as an actor?
That’s a really hard question. I’m like, “Um, ‘Dirty Grandpa?’ ” The role that most shaped me as an actor? Fuck you. I’m going to just say “Ingrid Goes West.” I don’t know why. There’s just something that happened on that movie that felt like: OK, we’re getting into some shit now.

Have you ever been surprised by the audience reaction to one of your characters?
I’m surprised every time. I’m so sick of hearing how all my characters are the same. I don’t know what it is; there’s something about me. Soon, I’m going to get into the world of prosthetics. I’m going to start doing some Meryl Streep shit where I change my nose and I change my hair so people can just completely forget that it’s me. When I do something new, there’s always that one person who says, “There she goes, doing the Aubrey Plaza thing again.” I want to go, like, “Fuck you, dude.” I can’t change the sound of my voice. I only have my own instrument to work with. I sound bitter, but I’m not. I am always surprised that people use this “deadpan” description about some things that I’ve done. It just feels a little reductive to me. But that’s my journey.

What do the best directors you’ve worked with have in common?
They have respect for the crew and a collaborative approach. I love working with directors who are not controlling and who treat everybody—from the star of the movie to the craft services assistant—the same. They understand that all of the people involved in the moviemaking [process] are important. All of that energy is important for the film. That’s the quality I really, really like the most and that I’ve found most successful: an open, collaborative, respectful approach.

What’s one mistake you’ve made in your career that you’ll never make again?
Signing up for a movie where the script isn’t good—actually, excuse me, where the script isn’t great. Because you fool yourself into thinking, This is good, but later, we’ll be able to make it better. It’s just not true. You don’t have the time. I’m not going to do that again.

Source: Backstage

Jennifer     December 01, 2022

According to Aubrey Plaza, living in a five-star hotel in Sicily is not the paradise we think it is. The vibe can shift from Eloise to Jack Torrance pretty quickly. For her, it took only a month.

Last February, Plaza, along with the rest of the cast and crew of the HBO series The White Lotus, holed up at the Four Seasons San Domenico Palace for five months to film the show’s second season. The hotel, a centuries-old convent in the seaside town of Taormina, was shuttered to actual tourists so that the actors could play fictional ones. “A Charlie Kaufman experiment,” as Plaza puts it, with no retreat from work. Every time she stuck her head into the hallway, she heard “motore, motore, motore!” (“rolling” in Italian) echoing from some marbled corner of the property. Every time she returned to her room, a staffer was inside performing an unsolicited task. Eventually, she hung a do not disturb sign on the door and began blasting R.E.M. She ignored pleas from housekeeping. “I was a suspicious character for these Italians,” she says. “They thought I was sketchy. Which I am.”

Then, in March, things got weird. One of Plaza’s costars, Adam DiMarco, discovered the reed diffusers that normally scent the hotel’s nooks and terraces had been arranged in a large Blair Witch–style symbol on the floor of his dressing room. A few days later, Plaza’s dressing room was similarly defiled. Furious, she started freaking out to fellow cast members Haley Lu Richardson and Meghann Fahy. “Who did this?” she demanded. Was it a prank? A poltergeist? The ghost of a nun who, centuries later, still can’t be a priest? No one knew.

Well, the hotel staff knew. “It’s Ms. Plaza,” they agreed. They proffered security footage. Plaza swore it wasn’t her. She threw suspicion on her similarly dark-haired Italian costars. “It was Beatrice! It was Simona!” Papers with ominous messages that read here lies… were being slipped under people’s doors. “I was definitely questioning my reality for a while there,” says DiMarco. Over bottles of red wine, Plaza assured him she wasn’t to blame until eventually he recruited a mole of his own: “I didn’t know who to trust. It was like Murder on the Orient Express. Everyone was the murderer.”

But it was Ms. Plaza. Of course, it was Ms. Plaza. “She’s a disruptor by nature,” says her close friend Mike White, creator of The White Lotus. For the sake of work and self-preservation, White avoided the chaos. “Aubrey’s the most fun. I said to her face, if I’m on a cross-country trip, I want nothing more than for you to be on that bus with me. But if I’m driving the bus, and you are on it, I want you off the bus.”

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Jennifer     November 30, 2022

Why, yes — Aubrey Plaza is showing up in just about everything these days. After getting rave reviews for her Sundance thriller Emily the Criminal this year, Plaza voiced the mother of Satan’s daughter in FX’s Little Demon before hopping a plane to Italy to join the second iteration of HBO’s The White Lotus. Now filming Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis before turning her attention to Marvel’s Agatha: Coven of Chaos for Disney+, Plaza looks back on playing a criminal for the big screen and a possible murderess on the HBO anthology.

DEADLINE: You’ve got a lot going on. Are you busier than ever, or is this just another month in the life of Aubrey Plaza?

AUBREY PLAZA: This is just another month in the life of Aubrey Plaza. I’ve been busy for 10 years. A lot of things that I’ve done are all coming out at the same time. I can’t control that part of it, but I’ve been busy from the minute I moved to Los Angeles. I haven’t stopped.

DEADLINE: It’s hard to launch a little indie like Emily the Criminal. Were you fearful you wouldn’t get the eyeballs?

PLAZA: I’m one of the last people that’s kind of waving that theatrical flag. Me, Martin Scorsese and Spielberg, just the three of us. I’m romantic about it. I just believe with all my heart that if you make a movie that’s undeniably great, people will hear about it and want to see it.

DEADLINE: Desperation makes Emily fearless, right?

PLAZA: Oh yeah. I mean, what I love about the movie is that it starts and she’s already had enough. She’s already had it up to here. Most times movies start at the bottom and you see the character slowly get to that place. But she’s already at that place once we start. So this sh*t’s gonna go down.

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Jennifer     November 27, 2022

In the second season of HBO’s “The White Lotus,” Aubrey Plaza plays Harper Spiller, a lawyer with a penchant for sarcasm who is vacationing in Italy with her husband and his friends. She’d rather read Valeria Luiselli’s “Lost Children Archive” than talk about “Ted Lasso.” And she’d rather not associate with people who don’t follow the news.

Plaza is paired with Will Sharpe, who plays her husband, Ethan — newly wealthy after selling his tech company — as well as Theo James, as Ethan’s old college friend Cameron, and Meghann Fahy as his cheerful wife Daphne, who kicks off the season’s mystery when she discovers a limp body floating at sea.

Plaza brings an all-too-relatable cynicism to the judgmental, pragmatic Harper, which will come as no surprise to those familiar with the cutting deadpan that defined Plaza’s breakout role as intern-turned-assistant April Ludgate in “Parks and Recreation.”

It was recently announced that Plaza would join the cast of “Agatha: Coven of Chaos,” Marvel’s upcoming “WandaVision” spinoff series featuring Kathryn Hahn as the titular witch.

Fresh from a day of shooting the new Francis Ford Coppola film “Megalopolis” in Atlanta, the 38-year-old actress discussed the thrilling discomfort in Mike White’s writing, expertly playing a Debbie Downer and gearing up for the Marvel universe.

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Jennifer     November 22, 2022

From creator/writer/director Mike White, the second installment of the HBO series The White Lotus is set at a beautiful resort in Sicily, Italy, where hotel manager Valentina (Sabrina Impacciatore) is ready to assist various guests in achieving everything they want out of their trip, whether that’s with family, for business reasons, or of a more romantic nature. After becoming newly wealthy, as a result of a recent professional success, Ethan Spiller (Will Sharpe) and his wife Harper (Aubrey Plaza) accompany his old college roommate Cameron (Theo James) and his wife Daphne (Meghann Fahy) on a lavish vacation that might ultimately have a hidden purpose.

During this interview with Collider, co-stars Plaza and Sharpe talked about who Ethan and Harper were before taking this trip, finding themselves in a relationship rut, Ethan’s distrust of Cameron, that uncomfortable moment between Harper and Cameron, and the experience of shooting at that incredible palazzo.

Collider: I could have watched a separate show just of your characters because I found their dynamics so fascinating to watch. When we meet this couple, they seem to be at a very interesting place in their relationship. They’re sort of resigned to certain things, and they aren’t really looking to change things too much. Who do you think they were prior to this trip, or even prior to everything that Ethan has gone through?

WILL SHARPE: That’s a good question. I guess they’re trying to work that out. Between us and Mike [White], we decided it was probably seven years down the line, and they’ve very much found their comfort zone, but that comfort zone is starting to feel uncomfortable and they’re in a bit of a rut. They tell themselves they’re very honest with each other and that they have a good relationship, but maybe they’re not honest with each other about the most complex, difficult things. What were they like? I definitely don’t think Ethan was ever a massive party animal or anything, but was Harper?

AUBREY PLAZA: It’s funny, we talked about this because I kept being like, “Harper has a wild side, we just haven’t seen it in a while.” We talked about that. I feel like they’re one of those couples that met in their twenties. They met young. They were friends. They’re soulmates. They’re best friends that fell in love and got married, and they’ve been together for a long time. There is an innocence there almost, even though they’ve been together for a long time. It feels like they’re those people. They’re smart and intelligent. They have good schooling. They do everything right. They’re right, but are they right?

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Jennifer     November 21, 2022

After taking over The White Lotus Sicily, Aubrey Plaza is coming for Jimmy Kimmel’s job next.

The actress, who stars in season two of HBO’s fan favorite anthology series The White Lotus, is sharing what she’d like to do after the season’s over—and it involves a major career pivot.

“I’m really good at hosting,” she exclusively told E! News at the 13th Annual Governors Awards Nov. 19. “In fact, I pitched myself for the Academy Awards, but they didn’t go for it. They already got what’s his name, Jimmy Kimmel? Maybe for next year.”

Though Plaza is famously known for her practical jokes, this one could be real: When asked if she was serious about the gig, the actress responded, “Of course.”

So, if the Academy were to take Plaza up on her offer, what could audiences look forward to?

“No political bulls–t,” she quipped. “Just good old-fashioned honoring films and the magic of movies. You know, I’m the Billy Crystal of this generation, and everybody tells me that.”

In the meantime, Plaza is focusing on her other projects: Currently, she’s filming Francis Ford Coppola’s newest epic Megalopolis alongside Adam Driver, Shia LaBeouf and Dustin Hoffman, and watching the rest of The White Lotus season two air, which she says has a much larger audience than her typical roles.

“It’s fun,” the 38-year-old noted. “I mean, I’m excited when anyone sees my work because I do a lot of small movies like Emily the Criminal, which is why I’m here tonight, and a lot of people don’t get to see that. So it’s pretty wild to be on a show that has like such high ratings.”

The White Lotus season two airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max.

Source: E! Online

Jennifer     November 16, 2022

Aubrey Plaza is understandably excited about working with The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola. In August, it was announced that Plaza was joining the cast of Megalopolis, the director’s passion project. Plaza joined a star-studded ensemble cast that included Adam Driver, Forest Whitaker, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jon Voight, and Laurence Fishburne. Since news of Plaza’s involvement, Dustin Hoffman, Shia LaBeouf, and Jason Schwartzman, among others, have also signed on for the anticipated film.

While appearing on In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast, Plaza praised the respected director, saying:

“For a really long time, I’ve been manifesting [the idea that I want] to work with a brilliant director. Who [could] be more brilliant than Francis Ford Coppola, one of the greatest living directors? It’s really hard to get parts in movies where you’re working with directors that have made a lot of films. I don’t regret anything I’ve done. I love working with first-time directors; I’ll never stop doing that, because I love it so much. But there’s been a part of me for a while that’s like, I really want to work with a really seasoned director. I would say Francis Ford Coppola—that guy is seasoned.”

The award-winning director rose to stardom after the release of The Godfather in 1972. His work on the film and its sequel earned him numerous accolades, as did his work on Patton, Apocalypse Now and American Graffiti. Megalopolis is being financed by Coppola, who sold a piece of his eponymous winery to fund the project. As well as directing, Coppola penned the script for the film. The director previously described Megalopolis as a love story about a woman who is “divided between loyalties to two men.”

Source: Movie Web

Jennifer     November 11, 2022

Aubrey Plaza is having a moment. The 38-year-old actress is earning rave reviews for her roles in Emily the Criminal and Season 2 of the Emmy award-winning series, The White Lotus. Here, she chats to WHO about her own ‘criminal’ activity and her life-changing moment with a late actor.

Tell us about your character, Emily.
Yes! Emily is from New Jersey and finds herself in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, she has a criminal record and a past she can’t shake while trying to get a job. She’s having a hard time. So, she decides to do the small crime of credit card fraud. She finds out she’s good at it and she gets in way over her head.

Do you share any similarities with Emily?
I had a tough period of time after school, before I got my big break. I grinded it out in New York with different jobs in hospitality and at a temp agency. I did odd jobs and I used that time as an inspiration. I’m lucky I got to start acting pretty soon after that, but I remember that feeling.

Watching the film, I questioned whether I would engage in illegal activity if I was really down on my luck like Emily, and I’d have to say I would!
(Laughs) I think that’s what’s fun about the movie. At first, it’s like she’s doing it for money, but then I think she does it because she likes it. There’s an adrenalin rush to it.

Now tell us, have you ever done anything blatantly illegal?
No! (Laughs) I mean, when I was a kid or when I was a teenager, I did teenage stupid stuff like broke into the park after midnight and vandalised. Stuff like that. Just dumb stuff. There was a lot of construction where I grew up, and I used to break into the construction houses and write things with nails. I’d get a pile of nails and write messages to the construction workers like, “Beware, there’s a ghost here.” Just stupid stuff. I don’t know if that’s even illegal. I’m a good catholic girl.

What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?
(Laughs) Like I would ever tell you the naughtiest thing I’ve ever done!

Can you name three actors you’d like to work with, dead or alive?
Tilda Swinton, Nicolas Cage. I’m already seeing the movie now – me, Tilda and Nicolas. Oh, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. I met him once and I’ll never forget it.

Tell us about that.
I auditioned for him. He was going to direct a play. He gave me the most incredible advice, I’ll never forget it. He changed my brain when it came to acting. He kind of screamed at me in a passionate way – I loved it. I was delivering this dramatic monologue, but I was kind of looking down, feeling sorry for myself. He got up and screamed, “No-one’s interested in looking at you looking down. When you’re in a scene with someone it’s about the other person even if you’re talking about yourself.” A light bulb went off in my head. I learnt so much in five seconds talking to him. So, I did it again and I got the part.

Have you ever been starstruck?
Absolutely. I was starstruck when I saw Elaine May in a play, and then we brushed shoulders backstage when she walked by me. I was starstruck by Diane Keaton at a hotel in Rome. I was too shy to say anything to her, but she was standing in a little courtyard and she was so cool. I was too shy, and my friend was like, “Go up and say something, you probably have mutual friends.” Which we do. But I was too shy. And I was starstruck when I saw Patrick Wilson. I was so taken by this guy singing and dancing. I met him backstage and I could barely speak.

Source: WHO

Jennifer     November 11, 2022

In the years since she wrapped up her time on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” Aubrey Plaza has played a social media–obsessed cyber stalker, a blasphemous 14th-century nun, an all-powerful mutant, and Aaron Burr. This year alone, she turned in a remarkable performance as a credit card scammer in John Patton Ford’s “Emily the Criminal” and lived in the lap of Italian luxury on Season 2 of HBO’s “The White Lotus.” And she’s a little tired, understandably, of viewers filing all these characters under the same “deadpan” description.

“Soon, I’m going to get into the world of prosthetics and start doing some Meryl Streep shit where I change my nose and my hair so people can just completely forget that it’s me,” Plaza says. “I’m always surprised that, when I do something new, there’s always that one person who says, ‘There she goes, doing the Aubrey Plaza thing again.’ I can’t change the sound of my voice. I only have my own instrument to work with. Anyway, I sound bitter, but I’m not. But I am always surprised that people use ‘deadpan’ to describe some things that I’ve done. It just feels a little reductive. But that’s my journey.”

On this episode of In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast, Plaza takes us through that journey, from her creative process for her roles in “Emily the Criminal” and on “The White Lotus” to her upcoming work in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Megalopolis” and on the MCU’s “Agatha: Coven of Chaos.”

As both producer and star of “Emily the Criminal,” Plaza embraced every part of the filmmaking process.
“Making movies is an almost spiritual process for me. I can only describe it like: The movie becomes its own living, breathing organism. You have to nurture it and feed it and raise it and get it to the finish line. Producing, for me—it’s all the practical, pragmatic stuff, but there’s a spiritual element to it that does connect to the acting process. It’s about bringing the right energy and the right people into the picture to raise this baby movie. Casting is so important. That, obviously, is really connected to the acting part of it. I want to work with really great people. I want to get people in there that are going to help me with my performance. I want it to feel real. On a deeper level, there’s an approach in my head about movies that feels like there’s a soul to the process. If you can remember that, and keep your eye on that with all the decisions you’re making, it helps the movie be better.”

Harper Spiller, her character on Mike White’s “The White Lotus,” is the most personal role of her career.
“Mike wrote that character for me, so there’s a lot of me in that part. It’s only been two episodes and everyone’s like, ‘This woman is kind of an uptight bitch.’ Which, maybe I am. But you’ll see, as the show goes on, the layers come off; the vulnerability starts to show. You realize there’s a reason why she’s like this. That part, maybe more than any other part I’ve played, is really personal to me. That’s Mike White. He’s a good friend of mine, and he really tapped into something unconsciously about me.

There’s a theme [in my career] of being misunderstood and playing characters that feel like the odd woman out. I’m drawn to those characters on a really basic level. I grew up in Delaware. I didn’t grow up in Hollywood. I didn’t have a direct line to the industry. I was like everybody else who grows up and watches movies and has dreams and fantasies about being an actor. I still can’t believe that I’m actually doing that.”

Getting cast in “Megalopolis” was a pivotal moment for Plaza.
“For a really long time, I’ve been manifesting [the idea that I want] to work with a brilliant director. Who [could] be more brilliant than Francis Ford Coppola, one of the greatest living directors? It’s really hard to get parts in movies where you’re working with directors that have made a lot of films. I don’t regret anything I’ve done. I love working with first-time directors; I’ll never stop doing that, because I love it so much. But there’s been a part of me for a while that’s like, I really want to work with a really seasoned director. I would say Francis Ford Coppola—that guy is seasoned.

I auditioned for him with no expectations to get the part. I was really just like, Man, I just want to meet the guy. Even if I have a five-minute Zoom, that would be enough for me. I love his passion. I feel lucky and completely humbled to be a part of ‘Megalopolis.’ We start shooting this week, so TBD what’s going to go down; but so far, the rehearsal process and the process I’ve been through is blowing my mind. It’s such a reminder that movies can be magical. This guy is really not operating in the Hollywood system at all, and he’s making a giant movie. It’s just so fucking amazing to be around someone that has a passion for movies like me and feels the same way—that the process of making the movie is just as important as the end result.”

She jumped at the chance to work with Kathryn Hahn again on “Agatha: Coven of Chaos.
“ ‘Agatha: Coven of Chaos’—I haven’t talked about it yet. It’s a fun character. I’ll just say, speaking of manifestations…it’s all coming together for me with this part. Kathryn Hahn, she’s a friend of mine; I’ve known her for years. We shared a couple moments onscreen in ‘Parks and Recreation’ 10 years ago, but I’ve never gotten to work with her, really. She’s one of the most incredible actresses that’s working today. She’s a friend of mine. She speaks my language. To be able to get onscreen with her and go toe-to-toe with her is what’s driving me. I think it’s cool that it’s Marvel and all that, but I’m really just interested to work with Kathryn Hahn.

Source: Backstage