The Wrap has revealed its 2017 “10 Emmy Contenders to Watch” list, which is made of actors and actresses who have turned in award-worthy work this season. To celebrate her performance in “Legion”, Aubrey is part of the list and got photographed by Corina Marie. High-quality images have been added to our gallery.
The Wrap – It’s usually delusional to think of people on TV or movie screens as your old friends. But not for “Legion” star Aubrey Plaza.
About a decade ago, before her big break on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” Plaza worked alongside a jaw-dropping number of other young actors also destined for stardom. They included Aziz Ansari, Donald Glover, Ellie Kemper, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Moynihan, and several members of the “Silicon Valley” cast — plus about two dozen more names you’ll recognize.
Plaza listed them for us in the video above, and damn. She crossed paths with a lot of funny people.
Were Plaza and her old cohorts part of a secret laboratory designed to incubate comedy genius? Kind of. They studied and performed together at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, an underground stage that extended beneath a Gristedes grocery store in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. It was famously founded by an original UCB team that included “Veep” star Matt Walsh and “Saturday Night Live” vet Amy Poehler. Poehler, of course, enlisted Plaza, Ansari and fellow UCB vet Ben Schwartz for her seven-season NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation.”
HR – Ingrid Goes West has been set as the closing night film at the L.A. Film Festival.
The dark comedy from director Matt Spicer, which is set for an Aug. 11 release, stars Aubrey Plaza as the obsessive and unstable titular woman who secretly moves to Los Angeles to get close to Taylor Sloane, an Instagram lifestyle guru played by Elizabeth Olsen.
As previously announced, the Film Independent fest will open with the world premiere of Colin Trevorrow’s The Book of Henry while Sundance hit Brigsby Bear will act as the gala screening.
“Being able to bookend the festival with strong female leads was a deliberate choice,” said festival director Jennifer Cochis. “These women aren’t a love interest or a small plot point, they are driving the narratives of both our opening and closing night films.”
The L.A. Film Fest will run June 14-22, with screenings taking place at ArcLight Cinemas in Culver City as well as in Hollywood and Santa Monica.
The promotion of ‘Ingrid Goes West’ is starting! I have just updated our gallery with a beautiful shot of Aubrey photographed by Sharif Hamza for V Magazine. Be sure to read the interview below!
No matter how old you are, chances are you’ve found yourself stalking someone on social media. In Ingrid Goes West, a film directed by Matt Spicer, the title character, played by Aubrey Plaza, takes stalking to the next level, moving across the country and changing her entire identity to befriend Taylor Sloane, an Instagram celebrity played by Elizabeth Olsen. “For me, the movie is about that urge that people get to obsess over people they don’t know on Instagram, and what happens when that gets blown out,” Plaza says.
To prepare for the role, Plaza stalked Olsen in the flesh, which she found easy to do. “She’s a ridiculous human being. She’s beautiful and funny and effortlessly cool. She’s the whole package. It was very easy to get lost in that.” She also drew on her own experiences with social media sites such as Twitter, which she left in the wake of the election, and Facebook, which she hasn’t used in 10 years. “It felt like everything I was looking at made me feel bad about myself. That can happen if you’re not conscious when you’re using [social media] because it’s human nature to want to look at other people’s lives and feel like they have something you don’t.”
A mature person deletes their Facebook account when they can’t stop obsessing about other people’s profiles. A crazy person sells all of her possessions, changes her hair color, and literally tries to become the person whose account they check every 30 seconds, as Ingrid does in the film. But Plaza is careful not to label the character as “crazy.” “I really tried to figure out what the human story is with her and not try to label her in any way in terms of mental illness.”
The film doesn’t pass judgment on Instagram stalkers, or social media in general. “There’s no hidden agenda,” Plaza says. “It explores how humans can use Instagram as a device to further their unhealthy behavior, or not.” She adds, “I’ve never gone too far down the rabbit hole.” The real question is: if she did allow herself to, who would she be looking at?”
Aubrey might not have attended this year’s MTV Movie Awards, but she still surprised us by playing Eleven in a Stranger Things/Get Out parody featuring Adam Devine.
Weird nightmare realms was an unexpected (but absolutely fitting) trend of last year, so it’s no surprise the MTV Movie Awards capitalised on a convenient mash-up.
Get Out’s Sunken Place and Stranger Things’ the Upside Down came together for a short parody featuring the show’s host, Workaholics’ Adam Devine.
Accidentally sent there by Allison Williams and her teacup, Devine found himself coming face-to-face with Jillian Bell’s Barb and a particularly unwanted take on the Demigorgon, alongside Trey Songz’s Lucas.
If Bell’s Barb wasn’t already fairly perfect casting, she was then followed by the queen-of-creep herself, Aubrey Plaza, turning up as Eleven and introducing a place where Taco Bell is called Quesadilla Ding-Dong, Tracy Morgan is the Pope, and Hillary Duff is the president.