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Archive for the ‘Movie: Ingrid Goes West’ Category
Elise     March 04, 2018

Yesterday morning (March 3), Aubrey attended the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica. She was wearing an absolutely gorgeous Miu Miu black dress with Jimmy Choo heels, and stepped onstage to receive the Best First Feature award for “Ingrid Goes West“.

The movie was also nominated for Best First Screenplay, but the award went to “The Big Sick”. Over 280 high-quality images have been added to our gallery.

Public Appearances > 2018 > March 03: 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards [+283]
Elise     December 16, 2017

ET Online — To the naked eye, it looks as though Aubrey Plaza is reinventing herself. The 33-year-old actress, famous for her portrayal of the lovably sardonic April Ludgate on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, has spent the last year portraying characters far different than her familiar depictions of eye-rolling best friends in wacky comedies. But to Plaza, it’s just a matter of scheduling. “Being on a television show for seven years, it’s hard to break out of that box,” she says, “I guess to everyone else it’s a reinvention, but for me, it’s something that I’ve always been.” With three projects in 2017 — FX’s Legion, Ingrid Goes West and The Little Hours — that showcased some of her best acting to date, Plaza has proved once and for all that she is a formidable talent, not just a sitcom trope.

Her year started off strong with a complex role on the first season of Noah Hawley’s cerebral superhero show, Legion. Plaza plays Lenny Busker, the gender-bent parasitic mutant who lives within the mind of protagonist David Haller (Dan Stevens). Or is Lenny just a childhood friend of David’s? Or a psychiatrist? Or a dog? “It’s kind of a head trip,” Plaza says. The role of Lenny was originally written for a middle-aged man. But Hawley specifically met with Plaza to pitch her the part. “I was very confused,” she says. “I was like ‘Oh, the middle-aged drug addict in the mental hospital? I don’t understand.’” But once Hawley let Plaza in on the character’s true identity as the mentally manipulative Shadow King, Plaza said she was in. But she did have one condition: She didn’t want the character’s dialogue to change based on her gender. “I didn’t want to be trapped in a man’s body or a woman’s body, I wanted to be fluid,” the actress says. “I wanted to create something that’s more than human.” […] In one scene at the end of the sixth episode, Plaza brings each of these personalities forward, frenetically transitioning from caring to crazy, from menacing to meek. “That was the hardest scene that I shot in the entire season,” she says. “I kind of had to keep all of these balls in the air. That’s why the show is so fun; it makes it easy for me to get lost in my own imagination and to try to really come up with these specific characters, but then have a through line that connects them all. It was challenging, but it was really fun.

Plaza makes it no secret that she loves a challenge. For example, she explained that when shooting comedic projects, she enjoys changing things up with improvisation. “Improv is really the best thing when you’re making a film,” she says. “It forces you to be present.” And in her nunsploitation film The Little Hours, improv was a requirement; all of the film’s dialogue was ad-libbed on set. The actors knew the story arc and the finer plot points, but it became their job to fill in the dialogue. “Every scene we were figuring it out on the day, on its feet,” Plaza says. “There were different levels of challenges, I guess, but it was exhilarating and fun.” Another big challenge for Plaza during the filming of The Little Hours was balancing her onscreen duties as an actress with her first feature film producing credit. Plaza says that she likes to “dissolve” into her characters when she’s shooting projects, so the prospect of having to constantly switch hats in the moment was a new kind of challenge for her. “We were shooting in the middle of nowhere in Tuscany with half of a crew that speaks Italian,” she says, laughing. “It was very stressful to problem-solve in that way, but then to also put my nun habit on and go do these scenes.” The actress says that producing the film was a “natural kind of progression” from working with her longtime creative collaborator and boyfriend Jeff Baena. “I had been in all of his movies, and I had been very heavily involved in the development process and the casting process, so it just kind of made sense for me to be a producer.

Instead, Plaza cites the indie social media satire Ingrid Goes West as her first “real” producing credit. “I got my hands on that script very early,” she says. “I just knew right away that this movie had the potential to be something that was really, really special, so I just wanted to be involved in the creative process from the very beginning.” Along with producing Ingrid, Plaza also plays the title character, an emotionally unstable woman obsessed with an Instagram celebrity. But unlike Ingrid, the actress avoids social media in real life because it can often make her feel depressed. “We all just need one day where we all throw our phones in the ocean,” she says. But then she reevaluates: “Wait, no, that’s bad for the environment. I don’t know, we’re f–ked.


Looking back on her year, Plaza says she feels very fortunate to have been able to break out of what could have been a career-defining box. “I’m just lucky that I’ve had opportunities over the past year to show the other things that I can do and the other things that I am passionate about, and to play other characters.” As for what’s next? We know she’ll be back on FX. “I’m in it. I’m in the second season,” she says without revealing anything else. She’ll play the lead role in An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, which is in post-production. And there’s possibly more to come behind the camera. “I will direct,” she says with confidence. “But when I do, it’s going to probably be the best thing that’s ever been made. So, like, be ready.

Elise     November 17, 2017

I have just updated our gallery with outtakes of Aubrey photographed for BuzzFeed UK to promote the release of “Ingrid Goes West” in the United Kingdom (November 17, in other words — today!). She did a really funny interview where she had to reply to 31 rapid-fire questions about herself — part of which you can find below, but be sure to check out the original publication (here) for more.

Have you ever been mistaken for another celebrity?: “Yeah, a bunch of people at one point thought I was Alison Brie on Community. In airports a lot, they’d come up to me and be like, “I love your work on Community!” And I’d go, “Thank you very much.”

What’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told? “I think when I was in fourth or fifth grade, on the playground, I used to tell people that my dad owned the Plaza Hotel, because I thought they’d think I was cool. No one believed me and it was a terrible lie, but a big one for a young child.

What’s the last thing you cried at? “Okja – the first 10 minutes, and then I turned it off. I cried within the first 10 minutes, so I was like, I can’t watch this movie.

What advice would you give to your teenage self? “I would say stop getting your hair cut like a middle-aged real estate agent woman. It doesn’t look good. The boys don’t like it.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? “Go big or go home! Right out of the womb, my mom said that to me. As a toddler. She said, “If you’re gonna fuck up, just make sure it’s a big fuckup.”

Have you ever freaked out about meeting a celebrity? “Yeah. Nick Offerman brought me to see his wife in a musical at Carnegie Hall one time, and Patrick Wilson was in it, and I could barely talk because I was so excited to meet him. I made a fool out of myself and he thought I was a loser.

What’s one ambition you have yet to accomplish? “Oh, so many. Grammy. Tony. Emmy. ESPY? Is that an award? Any award, pretty much. No, I don’t care about awards. Just cooking a really great dinner, I guess. I never feel good about what I cook. But also, Grammy.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you? “That I’m really sensitive on the inside! I don’t know, I don’t want anyone to know anything about me. I love small, confined spaces. I love being buckled in. That came out weird. I love seatbelts!

Photoshoots & Portraits > 2017 > Session 49 [+3]

Elise     November 15, 2017

Metro.co.uk — Aubrey Plaza is one of the best actresses of her generation, flitting between deadpan humour in Parks and Recreation to the at-times terrifying Lenny in Legion, which saw her stretch her talents to new genres and characters. Now the 33-year-old actress is starring in one of 2017’s most thought-provoking films, Ingrid Goes West. The film follows Ingrid Thorburn, who after the death of her mother and various self-inflicted setbacks, escapes to Los Angeles where she aims to befriend an Instagram pal, Taylor Sloane, who is living the #perfect life. From the opening scene however it has been made clear that Ingrid is actually slightly unhinged, and despite the two forging a close bond the lies begin to mount between Ingrid and Taylor, leading to results which are at once comical and horrifying to watch. Was that what drew Aubrey to the role? ‘Yes, the script and the character,’ she tells Metro.co.uk. ‘I just thought it was such an original character and I loved how complicated it was, and how it’s funny and sad and dark, it was really unique.


The film attempts to offer an exploration of a culture consumed by social media; have we gone so far that the desire for a like on a picture of #avotoast is outweighing our desire for human contact? Have a generation lost the ability to be honest? ‘Not enough people are talking about the impacts of social media on young people especially,’ says Aubrey. ‘It must be such a confusing thing for a young person to navigate, it’s confusing enough for adults, for me! ‘It affects me in that way too where I am constantly, like, having low self esteem moments, where you compare yourself to something else, and it’s all not real anyway. ‘It can be really manipulative and it can be really bad if you’re not aware of what’s really happening.

There are no winners at the film’s conclusion – although you feel like both Ingrid and Taylor aren’t going to learn a single #lifelesson from their relationship – and Aubrey has only one piece of advice for those who may find themselves down an Instagram rabbit hole. ‘I would say remember that it’s all fake,’ she says. ‘When it’s an image based platform, people spend hours to make these things look as perfect as they look and to make themselves look as perfect as they seem to be, and so it’s just not real. ‘It’s not real life, so I would say just turn it off, and be in the moment.

(by Rebecca Lewis for Metro.co.uk)