Q&A: Aubrey Plaza

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On pretend-masturbating, being a hag and why Amy Poehler is the love of her life

By Rob Tannenbaum
Sep 05, 2013

AUBREY PLAZA IS THE MERYL STREEP OF EXASPERATION – from the perpetually annoyed April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation to an indignant ex-girlfriend in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, she has created a lethal arsenal of eye rolls, grunts and shrugs. Plaza is especially and awesomely put-upon in the sharp new film The To Do List, where she plays Brandy Klark, a brilliant but dorky high school grad who resolves to lose her virginity (and figure out what a “rim job” is) before she begins college. The 29-year-old actress, who is perennially referred to as “deadpan,” called from her car, and immediately began worrying that she’d be arrested
for speeding.

You’ve said The To Do List took you out of your comfort zone. What was uncomfortable about it?

All the sexual things I had to do. I was like, “Oh, man, I’m gonna have an orgasm on camera?” I was somewhere between slightly nervous and dry-heaving. This was all leading up to the movie.

So the anticipation of masturbating on camera made you nervous, but once you started doing it, you were OK?

Yeah. Once I got my hands in my underwear, it was fine.

When you do a movie about losing your virginity, you have to expect people are going to ask about your own virginity experience.

I do? Yeah, I realized that in the middle of a two-day press junket, when a reporter asked me for the 7 millionth time when I lost my virginity. I tend to not prepare for interviews, and then answer horribly and awkwardly. But I’m not telling anyone about my virginity. That’s my personal treasure! [Laughs]

I want you to tell me one thing that happens on Season Six of Parks and Recreation, but it doesn’t
have to be true. You can lie.

April’s been wanting to have a baby, and she’s gonna get more than she bargained for. That’s all I’m gonna say.

But that might be a lie.

That is definitely a lie.

This is an extract. To read the full story, pick up a copy of Rolling Stone Middle East, available at over 200 outlets in the UAE and GCC.





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