Aubrey Plaza is giving one of the most electrifying performances on television right now, and it’s one that doesn’t hinge on sarcasm. In her current roles in FX’s Legion and two Sundance gems Ingrid Goes West and The Little Hours, she is poised to go from the mean girl on Parks & Recreation to an Emmy hopeful. Below are some highlights from her cover story for Rogue’s Summer Issue N°6.
“Being a ‘deadpan’ actor and comedian is harder than people think. Being funny with doing nothing at all is a skill that some people have honed that is really hard. There is a lot going on, even though it seems like there’s nothing going on. The frustrating thing about being labeled as ‘deadpan’ is that, for me, [characters] are human beings that have so many things going on and motivations for everything.”
“I’m surprisingly more shy socially than people would expect. I just turn into my 13-year-old awkward, loser self when I’m trying to make new friends, and I’m not very good at it. It’s easy for me to be fearless when I’m taking on roles because I don’t have to be myself. Being my actual self is more terrifying than anything. Big time.”
(read the rest of the interview at the source)
Mark your calendars! The Emmy Awards nominations arrive next month (July 13) and Aubrey is already a favourite contender. She has just made the The Hollywood Reporter‘s Supporting Actor Contenders list alongside Samira Wiley, Timothy Simons and Louie Anderson and more. In the end, 30 top scene-stealing actors and actresses gathered for the magazine’s photoshoot. I’ve added 2 shots to our gallery:
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?”
It was revealed through Instagram by Aubrey yesterday – she’s teaming up with the former Vice President’s daughter, Ashley Biden, founder of Livelihood Inc. The company is a “socially and ethically conscious apparel company that’s inspired by extraordinary everyday people” and for the next 14 days, she’ll be selling hoodies through Gilt. With each purchase, two communities (starting with Wilmington, DE – Aubrey & Ashley’s hometown – and Anacostia, D.C.) will receive funding for programs like education initiatives, vocational training, and job placement services. Check out the promotional photoshoot in our gallery: