Q1 When you began filming the final season ofParks and Recreation, your TV husband, Chris Pratt (who plays Andy), had in real life just anchored last year’s biggest movie,Guardians of the Galaxy.How did success go to the head of one of the nicest guys around?
He forgot my name, which is the weirdest thing about the whole situation. I guess when you’re the star of a Marvel movie and super, super famous and you’re flown all over the world, you meet so many people that your ability to pay attention is gone. So yeah, he forgot my name. I mean my real name, not my character April on the show. I had to keep reminding him, and he’d say, “Oh right. Right, right.” But I don’t fault him, because being a movie star is hard. They say that movie stars meet 60 times more people than the average person, so of course your brain gets cloudy. I don’t hold that against him. I think he’s great. [laughs]
None of that is true, by the way. You told me it would be okay to lie. Chris did not forget my name. He’s the kindest, most amazing person ever, and he didn’t change a bit except that his fucking body is ripped beyond belief. He’s the same old lovable golden retriever of a man I had to hug and touch and kiss a lot—because it’s my job. I just tried to make the best of it.
Q2 Here’s a question from one of yourParks and Recreationcast mates. “When one examines your talent, beauty and humor, not to mention your excellent many teeth, it is quite apparent that you have entered into a bargain with Lucifer. What services did the Dark Father require of you in exchange for your winning glamours?”
That’s like a backhanded compliment. You’re not going to tell me who? Oh wait, I know. This is from Satan himself, the Dark Lord, Nick Offerman. We have an evil connection. It’s a very good question. The Dark Father required many things of me: the blood of a thousand infants, the teeth of a thousand corpses. I have it all written down on my iPad.
Q3 Does Nick require that you be as fearless as he is when it comes to getting or playing a part?
Do you mean having sex with people to get a part? We’re similar in that way too. He taught me that. He was one of the first people out here who told me you have to have sex with the most people you can, especially the ones who make decisions, and I said okay. You don’t even have to confine it to business. Use sex to get whatever you’re trying to get.
Q4 You’re TV’s modern queen of the deadpan look. Do you have a favorite?
A dead-eyes stare. No eyebrow movement, no facial creases at all; you just stare right into someone’s soul—the Botox deadpan.
Q5 You’re named after a song by Bread. When you think of bread, what kind comes to mind?
Just a straight-up bag of Wonder Bread. I would never buy that now, but I grew up on it, and SpaghettiOs and hot dogs and stuff like that.
Q6 You went to an all-girls Catholic high school. Defend single-sex education.
I loved it. I would send my kid to an all-girls school. Some people say it’s no good, that it’s not the real world and girls won’t learn how to interact normally. I disagree. At that age it was helpful to eliminate the distraction of guys in school. I like uniforms. I didn’t have to think about dressing myself or how I looked. I just focused on the important stuff. It made me more confident in the classroom.
Q7 Is show business conducive to long-term love relationships?
Oh God, I don’t think so, not from what I can see, and I look very hard for it. I’m curious about that. Whenever I meet a married couple who are in the business, I always ask them a million questions to figure out what’s really going on, because I don’t know how that’s going to work out. For a successful actor there are lots of choices and temptations. We’re all just human. Actors are like con artists. We want to make a memorable impression. Amy Poehler once gave me good advice. She said when someone is charming, it’s an action. Charm is a verb, not a quality.
Q8 You’ve said that you admire Charlie Sheen and Bill Murray because they’re unapologetic about who they are. Do you aspire to be part of that tradition? Famous people get lots of stuff projected on them and feel constantly judged. It can take a toll. Charlie and Bill, both of whom I’ve worked with, don’t seem affected by fame or status. They are who they are. I don’t even aspire to fame. I just want to work and not let anything else affect me. But I’m only human, so sometimes I care too much—or too little—about what others think.
Q9 We read that you wanted to play Dr. Bruce “the Hulk” Banner’s cousin, superhero She-Hulk. Given all the garment rending, describe her wardrobe options.
I don’t know if I was sober when I said that, but I would like that part. Give it to me. It would be fun to play a sexy scientist who gets really angry and can then do anything she wants. I would like to be wearing a sexy business-casual outfit that rips when I get big and then I’m wearing—I don’t know, maybe a sports bra and some boy shorts? Something sporty so I can run around and fuck shit up. Or maybe a slip, some kind of undergarments but keeping it classy.
A new trailer has been released for Hal Hartley‘s upcoming Ned Rifle, the final entry in his Henry Fool trilogy. The film stars Aubrey Plaza, Parker Posey, Liam Aiken, James Urbaniak, Martin Donovan, and Thomas Jay Ryan, and revolves around Aiken’s character of Ned looking to track down and kill his father, Henry Fool.
Ned Rifle originally screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and will be having its U.S. premiere at this year’s SXSW.
Those who saw 2013′s The To Do List know that Aubrey Plaza is no stranger to raunchy antics, and now Deadline reports the “Parks and Recreation” star is set to play a spring break party girl opposite Zac Efron and Robert De Niro in Lionsgate’s comedy Dirty Grandpa.
The film follows an uptight guy named Jason Kelly (Efron) who, right before his wedding, is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed, former Army general grandfather Dick (De Niro) to Florida for spring break.
Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding) and Zoey Deutch (Vampire Academy) co-star in Dirty Grandpa, which is directed by Dan Mazer (I Give It a Year) from a script by John Phillips. Bill Block, Jason Barrett, Barry Josephson and Michael Simkin produce the film, which will be released on August 12, 2016.
Plaza can be seen this year starring in Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle and will also headline the indie hotel maid comedy Fresno, co-starring Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne.
Yes, it’s true: Parks and Recreation begins its final season next Tuesday. But before you run off to drown your sorrows in a tall stack of waffles, check out this exclusive trailer for a new NBC.com web series chronicling the last days on set for the beloved Pawnee crew.
You get to see castmates Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, and Aziz Ansari goofing around on-camera; the whole cast gathered together for a table read; Amy Poehler (with bangs!) confessing that she’s in “complete denial” that the show is ending; co-star Jim O’Heir (aka Jerry) getting shut out of a shooting location, Jerry-style; a sneak peek at upcoming location shoots in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; Nick Offerman giving us a tour of the show’s set design; and Poehler comparing showrunner Mike Schur to “Scorsese.” (Fancy!)
Most importantly, we get to spend just a little more time with our Pawnee pals before Parks and Rec shuts down for good. Forever. Sigh. Where are those waffles?
The final season of Parks and Recreation premieres Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
The photo gallery at Aubrey Plaza Web has been updated with 1,566 screen captures of Aubrey Plaza from the films “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan III”, “The End of Love”, “About Alex” and “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever”.
Vimeo is partnering with indie specialist Hal Hartley for the North American spring release of his dark comedy “Ned Rifle,” starring Liam Aiken and Aubrey Plaza.
The film will show on a day-and-date platform this spring through a limited exclusive window with Vimeo On Demand, then will expand via Hartley’s own successful storefront Possible Films and other aggregated platforms. “Ned Rifle” will also see a theatrical five-city art-house launch, led by a run at New York City’s IFC Center, that will coincide with the VOD release.
“One can never be independent enough,” said Hartley. “This is a real opportunity to take advantage of new business models, new marketing ideas and platforms, and ultimately, to effectively reach my audience in the most direct and successful way possible.”
Plaza plays the long-lost flame of Henry Fool in the third and final chapter of Hartley’s trilogy, launched with 1997’s “Henry Fool” and continued with 2007’s “Fay Grim.” Returning actors include Thomas Jay Ryan (Henry Fool), Parker Posey (Fay Grim), Aiken and James Urbaniak reprising their original roles.
Hartley’s script for “Henry Fool” won the screenplay award at Cannes. In it, Urbaniak’s Simon Grim character writes an epic poem in blank verse, winning acclaim and controversy for its pornographic content, while Henry Fool abandons writing and takes Simon’s old job as a garbageman to support his family.
In “Fay Grim,” Posey’s character descends into a world of espionage to locate the notebooks that belonged to her fugitive husband, Henry Fool.
“Ned Rifle” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September and Dennis Harvey gave it a positive review, asserting it was Hartley’s best work since “Henry Fool.”
In the first TV event of the new year, NBC is giving its landmark comedy “Parks and Recreation” a sendoff that will maximize the show’s cultural impact. The seventh and final season of this critically-acclaimed and beloved series will begin Tuesday, Jan. 13 with back-to-back episodes (8-9 p.m. ET/PT) and continue with back-to-back episodes each week until the hourlong series finale on Tuesday, Feb. 24 following “The Voice.”
The return of the series, in fact, will be scheduled to premiere in the afterglow of the Jan. 11 “72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards,” co-hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.
“Mike Schur and Amy Poehler, along with their incredible producers, cast, and crew, have given us one of the great television comedies of all time, and we’re inordinately proud of ‘Parks and Recreation,’” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt. “In an effort to give it the send-off it deserves, we wanted to ‘eventize’ the final season to maximize the impact of these episodes, which really do take the show to a new level. The highly-anticipated one-hour finale will air behind ‘The Voice’ in order to lead the largest audience possible into what promises to be a very special hour of television.”
“Critics, viewers and all of us at NBC fell in love with this endearing, funny, heartfelt show and its authentic cast of characters,” added Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “After seven amazing seasons, saying goodbye to the folks of Pawnee will be bittersweet, so we want to give the show and its fans the most impactful final season possible.”
Starring Golden Globe winner Amy Poehler as a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Ind., “Parks and Recreation” has been Emmy Award nominated and is a winner of the Television Critics Assn. Award for best comedy, AFI Award, American Comedy Award and the highly prestigious Peabody Award.
The series also stars Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Jim O’Heir and Retta.