Parks and Recreation
Thursdays 9:30/8:30c • TV Series • April Ludgate
On Hiatus. Returning for season 6 in the fall of 2013.
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The To Do List
2013 • In Theaters July 26th • Brandy
Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Clark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall.
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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
2013 • In Theaters & On Demand Now • Marnie
A graphic designer's enviable life slides into despair when his girlfriend breaks up with him.
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Safety Not Guaranteed
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.
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|Aubrey Plaza In Father John Misty Music Video|
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Once upon a time, many months and Lana Del Rey posts ago, we asked Aubrey Plaza what was on her iPod.
The Parks and Recreation actress tipped us off to the then-unreleased “Hollywood Forever Cemetery” from J. Tillman, formerly of the Fleet Foxes, and mentioned that she’d be starring in its video.
Aubrey Plaza is not a liar!
Under the moniker Father John Misty, Tillman has released the song (now titled ”Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”) as the lead single off his forthcoming debut Fear Fun (out May 1), as well as a video to match. Named for one L.A.’s oldest burial grounds, the droney psych-rock dirge is a bit of a departure from Fleet Foxes’ fey forest-folk, but one that will likely please old fans nonetheless.
As for the video: “We created this trippy funeral scene in Laurel Canyon,” Parks and Rec‘s deadpan doyenne told us back in September. “I play a crazy person who destroys the funeral.”
Watch Plaza go certifiably H.A.M.– eating flowers, smashing turntables, smoking apples — in the video over at EW.com.
|Aubrey Plaza One Of The Top 99 Women of 2012|
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Aubrey Plaza has ranked #66 on the AskMen.com annual poll of top 99 women for 2012!
Remember that annoying girl in high school — the one who thought her love of Joy Division and her encyclopedic knowledge of the John Hughes canon made her cooler than everyone else? Well, lose the hoop earrings and leg warmers and sub them with shapely skinny jeans and a pair of chucks, and you’ll get Aubrey Plaza. As April Ludgate, the know-it-all intern on NBC’s prime-time gem Parks and Recreation, the 27-year-old comedienne has never made sarcasm look so sexy.
|Aubrey Plaza on Her Sundance Superhit and Her Murderous Plans Involving Ryan Gosling|
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Aubrey Plaza gets a chance to evolve her deadpan persona in Safety Not Guaranteed, a sorta-sci-fi/sorta-rom-com that played at Sundance this week to a gangbusters reception. (Expect a sale soon.) When the movie begins, Plaza’s not too dissimilar from her Parks and Recreation character April Ludgate: She plays an undermotivated magazine intern who’s tasked with tracking down a potential crackpot (Mark Duplass) who thinks he can time-travel. But as she starts to unexpectedly fall for him, Plaza gets to add some new dramatic notes to her repertoire. Vulture sat down with her yesterday to discuss her onscreen evolution, why she wanted to throw up before the movie premiered, and why Eva Mendes had better watch out.
Safety Not Guaranteed got a huge reception at its premiere. Foot-stomping, theater-shaking applause.
Yeah, it was crazy. It was the first time I saw it, so I was in a whole other [frame of mind].
That’s the ideal way to see a movie for the first time, I would think.
Yes, except that I have massive anxiety, insecurity issues, though, so I almost cried before it started and almost left, because I was like, I just don’t think I can do this. It was a tense experience. I think in the beginning I was still super nervous and I didn’t know where it was going to go, and I was like, Ah, my big fucking face everywhere! No! It was like a nightmare, a living nightmare. But then I started getting into the story and forgetting it was me, and then I was just obsessed with the movie.
You have that anxiety when you go to a screening, but when you signed on to the role, did you have any qualms?
Oh, no. I was so excited about the script; I thought it was great. I was looking for a role that would sort of allow me to branch out of this sarcastic, deadpan zone that I’ve sort of been in, mostly because of the TV show that I’m on, which is something I really like doing, but I was hoping to have something a little deeper going on and felt like this was the perfect opportunity. I wanted to show people that I’m capable of doing more, but it’s hard because people don’t take risks a lot of times. They see you do one thing, and they just want to see it over and over again. And Collin really trusted me to kind of create that transformation. So, yeah. That was my hope.
So you never get offered bubbly blondes?
No. But soon, you know. Baby steps.
It’s like Parks and Rec took over Sundance this year. You’re here, Rashida Jones wrote a movie, Aziz Ansari performed, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally are in Smashed …
Yeah, I know.
Am I forgetting anybody?
House of Lies screened. Ben Schwartz is involved with that. Jean-Ralphio!
Did they take a week off of production, or is Amy Poehler there shooting an episode all by herself?
They start shooting today, actually. Amy’s there, probably with Rob [Lowe] and Adam [Scott], and then tomorrow I’m there first thing.
Is this your first Sundance?
I was here a couple years ago for Mystery Team, but I didn’t do any press or anything. I just watched my screening and that was pretty much it. So this is different.
Did you get any tips from your co-stars who have been here a whole bunch of times?
They were just like, “Always be drunk, always have a flask.”
That’s implied at Sundance. You don’t need a flask, there’s so much free booze around.
I noticed that yesterday. [She sips her cup.]
As you take a drink.
You know, this is not coffee. Yeah, Sundance is not really [about everything else], it’s just about the movies. I haven’t even been thinking of anything beyond, I’m just excited to see the finished product.
On a totally different note, I’m curious how you got involved in that recent World of Warcraft commercial. Is this something that you play?
I’ve played it, yeah.
Were you ever really into it? Because there’s not a whole lot of casual play with World of Warcraft.
I was never a diehard fan, but I’m really into dragons and elves and wizards and magical, dorky hag-things. So, it was kind of right up my alley. I don’t really have a lot of time to play video games, but if I did, I would definitely play. And I have it. Yeah, that was something that kind of came out of nowhere. They approached me, and I was like, No way. And then I was like, Wait, World of Warcraft? That’s kind of awesome, I think I’m going to do that. I would never do a commercial for something that is embarrassing, and I think that people maybe have a different perspective on what is embarrassing or not. Some people think doing a Revlon hair commercial is really cool. To me, that’s embarrassing, but World of Warcraft: not embarrassing, very cool.
I was thinking that the other day at CVS, that you can see the face of almost every actress in the makeup aisle. It’s almost a rite of passage for some movie stars to do these beauty campaigns.
Yeah. I’m not going to say never say never, but I’d rather do a World of Warcraft ad than, like, a lipstick commercial. Just because. And also they told me when they approached me about it that they were going to do, like, one of the commercials and have me be a character in the game and go into the game and be like fighting elves and shit, and I thought that was really cool. So, that’s why I said yes.
And have you heard from Ryan Gosling since you told Rolling Stone that he came up to you at a Jamba Juice but you shut him down because you didn’t recognize him?
I actually did hear from him one time. He invited me to a magic show through someone else, and I couldn’t go because I had to go to this charity thing for Amy, and it was like, “bros before hos,” or “hos before bros,” however that phrase goes. I just rhymed a lot. So, yeah. I don’t know what’s in store for me and him. I think he has a girlfriend, but maybe I’ll murder her someday and we’ll be together forever.
|Aubrey Plaza’s Ready to Play Bubbly Cheerleader|
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Aubrey Plaza, the stone-faced comedienne who holds her own among TV’s (arguably) best comedic cast on Parks and Recreation, just returned from what was her biggest Sundance yet.
The actress was there to promote Safety Not Guaranteed, the film based off that famous 90s personal ad in which someone posted, “Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me…Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.”
What turned into an Internet meme and favorite late night joke is now a full fledged movie starring Kristen Bell, New Girl‘s Jake Johnson and Plaza. We talked to the latter about how the watching herself on screen, the film’s surprise ending, and what comes next.
ELLE: Had you seen the movie before its Sundance premiere?
AP: I hadn’t seen the movie before! I didn’t know how it ended; I didn’t know anything about it. I never watched an entire movie with myself and my face on the screen the entire time, so it was a lot happening at once and it was stressful and I have anxiety anyway, so I was on the verge of tears all day. Right before it happened I almost ran away and cried. But it was fine. Everyone seemed to like it so it ended up being really positive!
ELLE: Did the ending surprise you?
AP: I was totally totally shocked! Yeah, I had no idea. It ended in a way that I didn’t think was possible, just story wise and technically—I was really shocked at the ending. I had an idea of what it might be, but I was very wrong. I’m so, so happy with it and with the choices they made. It really reflects how the director sees movies. He uses the movie in a way that I think is just really special and rare.
ELLE: When someone said, ‘They’re making a movie based on a classified ad,’ and sent you the script, what did you think?
AP: l loved it. When it first started I felt that it was special. I hadn’t read a story like that before—a love story with characters like Kenneth and Darius. I think normally when I read love stories the characters kind of fit into these stereotypes, these boxes, like the dork falls in love with the cool girl, and I felt like these characters, you couldn’t peg them as anything really. They’re just human beings that had complicated paths and a lot of layers and they just met somehwere in the middle and had a connection. It felt really real to me and that’s what I was kind of looking for. I wanted to be in a movie that felt authentic. And it was fun and funny! And it felt relevant. I feel like there’s this ironic dis-attachment vibe happening in the past couple of years, given the internet and things going viral and reality shows and this kind of spoke to me, as a way of bringing everything back to positivity and joy. Especially for me because I’m identified as deadpan sarcastic actor, I thought it’d be great to play an actor that branches out and goes deeper and has a real transformation. For the character, but also to prove that I’m an actor and not just a weirdo.
ELLE: In that vein, who do you want to play next?
AP: I would just love any role at this point if I had a choice! Maybe I should really go for it and play a bubbly cheerleader, or something crazy? I just want to keep finding special characters that I feel like I can bring to life and characters that are real and not superficial.
|Aubrey Plaza Talks ‘Safety Not Guaranteed,’ Her Role In ‘The To-Do List’ & Working Opposite Charlie Sheen|
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If you had the chance to go back in time–weapons provided–would you? Before you answer, ask yourself: is going to another point in time really better than cleaning out the toilet at your internship and not having other options? Well, you’d be in the same boat as “Parks And Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza in “Safety Not Guaranteed,” which premiered to near-universal praise at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday. Based on the fake ad that spawned the legendary YTMND meme, the first feature from writer Derek Connolly and director Colin Trevorrow takes us to a world where time travel may be possible. So could the fact that Kenneth (Mark Duplass), the would-be time traveler, is as crazy as he sounds.
The Playlist went deep underground (at least one flight below the streets of Park City) to ask Plaza about taking on her first starring role in the Sundance film and what’s in store from upcoming, raunchy comedy “The To Do-List” and Roman Coppola’s “A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charlie Swan” where she got to act opposite the one and only, Charlie Sheen.
This is your first major, stand-alone leading role. How did you throw yourself into that?
It was a combination of “I can’t do this, I will fail, this will be embarassing” and “I’m going to kick ass every day and murder this role and show people I can do more than make sarcastic comments and roll my eyes.” I read the script. I thought it was special—it was a wonderful love story in a totally different way than I had seen before. I was looking for a part that could allow me to have a real transformation.
I think the most important thing for me as an actor is to find roles where I’m playing a human and not a stereotype or someone who can be lumped into a category. One of the special things about this love story is that Mark Duplass’ character and my character aren’t “the cool girl and the dork.” It’s something that you haven’t seen before. It’s just two different kind of people thrown into weird shit and they find a deep connection through it. That’s what was fun and attractive to me script-wise.
Is that something you’re looking for more of now as opposed to the smaller, scene-stealing characters in the background?
I’d like to always move forward. I really would like to show people I’m capable of carrying a movie and capable of having a transformation in a movie; of creating a person that has many layers. That’s just as satisfying to me as playing the best friend that’s really hilarious but a one-note kind of thing. Both of those are really fun for me and I love comedy. It’s where I started out, but I have more to offer than that. I want to take over the world.
You’re also in “The To-Do List,” what can you tell us about that movie?
I don’t know when it’s coming out. It’s almost completed, hopefully it will come out this summer. I haven’t seen it, so it’s hard for me to talk about. But if you put “Safety Not Guaranteed” up against [“To-Do List”] they are so different in the craziest way.
My character is so different in that—I’m an obnoxious Tracy Flick-esque girl, there’s no irony and I’m totally Type-A. I’m really energetic and then I turn into a raging slut that does a lot of weird, pervy things.
You’re also in Roman Coppola’s “A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charlie Swan.” What can you tell us about your role in that film?
I’m not in it that much. Everyone in the movie has an important role despite how long their screen time is. I play Charlie Swan’s [Charlie Sheen] assistant and he’s having a total meltdown, mid-life crisis moment. I’m there to be like, “We have work to do, our company is in trouble, get your shit together!” I have one meaty scene with him, but that’s it. I did get to hang out with Bill Murray and Charlie Sheen at once.
When were you shooting this during the Sheen media frenzy?
It was recent—late fall, winter . I don’t know what the timeline is with his wizardy, but it doesn’t really matter. He’s himself. I think he’s self-aware and people think he’s crazy, but he doesn’t care. He’s awesome.
How was it working with Charlie as an actor?
He’s great. I learned a lot from him, an amazing actor. He’s really natural and you can tell he’s been doing it his whole life. I was terrified to work with him and Roman. I haven’t been in that many movies and I really respect Roman. Charlie’s great—I think he’ll be great in this movie.
“Safety Not Guranteed” continues to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.
|Aubrey Plaza Talks ‘A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III’|
Aubrey Plaza was at the Sundance Film Festival to promote her new sci-fi romance, “Safety Not Guaranteed,” but she also spent some time talking about her role in the upcoming comedy “A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III.”
“It’s pretty delicious,” she said of the comedy, directed by Roman Coppola, about a man who experiences fever dreams of past relationships as he goes through an emotional breakdown and tries to turn his life around.
“You’ve got Charlie Sheen being crazy, Bill Murray is in it, Jason Schwartzman is playing a standup comedian,” she said. “He has, like, a full beard and he’s amazing. It’s a really, really playful, fun movie set… in a fantasy version of the 70s.”
Plaza went on to praise Coppola’s vision — and Murray’s prowess.
“We had an experience that, in nine months, the world will be a part of,” the “Parks and Recreation” actress deadpanned.
This isn’t the first time she’s made headlines with a joke involving another celebrity at this year’s Sundance; earlier this week, Plaza joked to Vulture that she would “maybe murder” Ryan Gosling’s girlfriend so that she could be with the “Drive” star.
|Aubrey Plaza’s Sundance Photo Diary|
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Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza trekked to Park City for the Sundance premiere of Colin Treverrow’s debut Safety Not Guaranteed. She plays Darius, a bitter magazine intern who’s conned by her boss (Jake Johnson) into tracking down a crackpot (Mark Duplass) who believes he can time-travel. The film brought home the screenwriting award for Derek Connolly, and—even better—Plaza brought home the following photos for us. Ahead, see Plaza strutting the red carpet, palling around with co-stars Johnson, Duplass, and Karon Soni, camping out in a hallway with bestie Lizzy Caplan, and showing off her her piles of free swag (well, at least one plastic water bottle).
|“Safety Not Guaranteed” Acquired At Sundance|
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FilmDistrict has picked up the Sundance favorite “Safety Not Guaranteed,” the company said Monday. It plans to release the movie this summer.
“Safety Not Guaranteed,” directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Derek Connolly, is about three magazine reporters who head out to interview a man who has placed a classified ad for a travel companion — for time travel. The ad warns, “safety not guaranteed.”
Jake M. Johnson, Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Kristen Bell, Karan Soni and Mary Lynn Rajskub star.
Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub produced the film through their Big Beach Films. Stephanie Langhoff, Trevorrow and Connolly also produced. John Sloss and ICM negotiated the film sale.
“‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ struck a chord with all of us at FilmDistrict,” Peter Schlessel, CEO of FilmDistrict, said in a statement. “We loved the theme of cynicism being defeated by hope and how we can try to connect that sentiment with an audience.”
|Aubrey Plaza Talks About Her Love Of Older Men At Sundance|
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Alan Thicke, we know you are currently married and probably have at least some scruples about dating a woman young enough to be your offspring. If you didn’t, though, Aubrey Plaza would be all up on that bidness. “I met Alan Thicke on the plane and that blew my mind,” the Park & Rec star told VH1 News while visiting Sundance. When asked what it is about older men that gets her going, Aubrey barely even knows where to start.
“Their Roth IRAs,” Plaza joked. “Their wisdom and their chest hair.” What about their giant white sneakers, Aubrey? Their endless trips around the mall? Their delicious hard and soft butterscotch candies, more butterscotch options than you even knew existed? We’re just kidding, of course. We would arm-wrestle Aubrey’s arm out of its socket for the chance to meet Alan Thicke in person. Let’s hope it rarely, if ever comes, to that.
|Interview: Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass of ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’|
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Considering that “Safety Not Guaranteed” begins with a classified ad where Mark Duplass’s character is looking for a partner in time travel — with the title warning — and Aubrey Plaza is the reporter who goes undercover for a story on him, there’s no small irony that Ms. Plaza’s late for our Sundance interview. Still, considering how good the film is — and how much of a departure it is for Plaza and Duplass, best known for their small-screen work on ‘Parks and Rec” and “The League” — that little bit of time trouble was really no bother at all. We spoke with Plaza and Duplass in Park City about physical comedy, great time travel tales and fun with firearms.
Yesterday, the Q & A established that Ms. Plaza’s part was written for her, which made me curious if your part was written for you or if it was an audition process?
Duplass: No it was not written for me. The script came to me and Jay as producers, because we were kind of saying, “We want to make some smaller movies.” It had been around for like two years with like Aubrey and Jake attached, but their shows were either non-existent or not as popular as they are now at the time. They were having trouble finding financing. For better or for worse Jay and I have the reputation now of, “If you can’t find all the movie you want to make your movie, take it to Mark and Jay and they will get you some, and you will make a movie.” That’s what I want to be saying about our company. They talked me about playing the lead; it was in our audition process, but when I read the script I felt pretty strongly that this character could go of one of two ways. We could get into very quirky caricature of Kenneth that is a really strong comedic bullet or we could really try to root this thing with some sense of humanity.
What I loved about this movie is it is a sensitive, relationship oriented ‘time travel’ film. I hadn’t seen that DNA before, and to me it felt like, “Okay, why does somebody want to time travel?” Basically they want to go to the future, where they hope their life is better than it is now or they want to go to the past and rectify something that makes their life so crappy now. That’s a big emotional root. When I was dealing with that, I said “You know what, I kind of want to play this straight. I want to root this guy and go for this oddball love story.”
But he could’ve been a bunch of different caricatures, like he could’ve been Doc. Brown; he could’ve been Travis Bickle. At one point you are armed.
Duplass: Yeah absolutely. Shotgun.
But speaking of being armed and all the break-ins, this movie allowed you to have a physicality that I haven’t seen. Is that fun?
Duplass: No that is fun, fun, fun. I would do that all day and all night. Again the whole character of all that stuff doesn’t really play for this kind of movie, but if it’s rooted enough and you can let it fly for some scenes, then it’s really fun.
The other thing is it seems like Kenneth is having a wonderful time working on his time machine.
Duplass: I think he is. I think that’s something about this movie that appealed to me. Aubrey and Jake’s character are coming from a magazine, almost like “The Onion,” where sarcasm and cynicism are king. Kenneth is a believer. He has that thing that I always loved about Mark Borchardt from “American Movie,” who is basically who I based this character on, which is someone who fights tooth and nail for what he believes in. There might be three or four screws loose, but there’s something about them that’s just unstoppable. This is Aubrey Plaza.
Hello, Ms. Plaza.
Duplass: She is in the film “Safety Not Guaranteed.”
I was just talking to Mark about the physical stuff in the film, the target shooting, shoulder rolls. I’m wondering A. how fun was that and B. how long did you shoot for? Are there like four hours of shoulder rolls a night?
Plaza: No, actually because we were losing light or something. We did that really quickly. I, in all honesty, was very afraid of the gun situation, and he was not afraid of it, so it was a good combination.
Duplass: At one point I made you fire the gun at me while I was running back and forth across screen, and I could see the terror in your eyes in the screen.
That looked really unsafe.
Duplass: It was. Safety was not guaranteed there. Not even close.
I’ve been coming here for twelve years, and I’ve never heard a crowd react with an collective shout, like yesterday. Was that a big, “Godd**mit it worked” moment?
Plaza: It was the first time I saw the movie, and I had no idea it was (ending) like that, so for me I was screaming …
Really — so they were shooting different endings?
Duplass: We had a lot of different versions.
Plaza: That ending was never discussed. I never imagined that it’s been like that, so I was losing my mind at that part.
Is the title, “Safety Not Guaranteed” essentially a metaphor that as you go through life safety is not guaranteed, but you have to keep going and trying stuff?
Duplass: I think there’s definitely something to that. For me when I gravitated towards this movie, it was this feeling that Aubrey’s character is undergoing a sea change. She’s at that time in her life where she’s figuring out who she’s going to be. She happened to have landed where again sarcasm and cynicism are king. But she’s been introduced to this guy Kenneth, whose just pure belief. He might be off, he might be crazy, and his jean jacket might be amazing really, and she’s got that choice. To me that’s a lot about what this movie is: do you want to be a cynic or do you want to be a believer? I want to be a believer. I’m kind of not like that, which is why I wanted to do this movie.
It’s interesting you have all these insights on Ms. Plaza’s character. I’m wondering if she would like to give her take on your character, Kenneth.
Duplass: (He’s a) Sexy b**ch.
Plaza: Yeah, I think that character was a really tricky one for anyone to take on. I think Mark did it in the best way, because the whole time there has to be this tension, where I’m not really sure if I trust him or I’m not sure if he’s going to chop me into a million pieces and kill me. Then I fall in love with him. Making the transition from just thinking he’s a crazy person, and then falling in love with him was like a pretty dramatic shift. I think it’s an amazing character on the page, and then what Mark brought to it kind of grounded it.
You’re both young actors. You both have very strong cheekbones. I’m sure you get sent every romantic comedy script in the world. Do you find that with most romantic comedies, there’s no reason for the lead characters to fall in love, besides the fact because they’re lead characters?
Duplass: Here’s the problem that bothers me about the major romantic storyline, I don’t know if you see this, but it’s like everyone that I read they are apart at the very beginning of the movie, and there is no good reason for them to be apart, expect the fact that they have to wait ninety minutes to get them together. It’s so obvious that they’re converging, and it just really annoys me. Part of the thing I loved about this movie is these are the last two people on earth you could imagine establishing a connection, particularly the circumstances under which we meet. She’s basically “Donnie Brasco”-ing me. She’s coming in undercover to figure me out, and even worse, send me up in her little cynical magazine. I think there’s something really fresh about it, the way this love story happened. Call it an oddball love story or whatever you want, but to me it’s about these two people who are at shifting points in their lives, and I just thought it was kind of funny and beautiful.
Plaza: Yeah I think also both of those characters don’t really fit into any category. I think in a lot of movies there’s the hot girl, the dork, and they got together, but in this movie those people are just people. There’s like two humans that have a lot of complicated s**t going on with them, and they have a connection. Maybe that’s why it feels more real.
You just made me think of this movie as kind of a weird version of “Miracle on 34th Street.”
Duplass: Oh yeah.
Ms. Plaza, You do a lot of really great completely nonverbal stuff in this. A lot of things are just looks, and reacting with your eyes, and producing the idea that you’re managing an expression that your character is trying not to show a feeling. Do you think about that mechanically or do you just go, “I’m going to be in this emotionally and let the muscles follow?”
Plaza: I put a lot of work into what I was doing. It wasn’t a mechanical thing for me. There was a lot of stuff I was thinking about. I think one of the reasons I really loved that role, was because there were three things happening at the same time always. It was fun for me to try and play all those things, and deal with him, and deal with myself.
Your character has to get the story, hide the fact that you’re getting the story, and hide the fact that you’re not letting the story move your life forward, because you’re not feeling like doing that?
Plaza: Yeah, and then there was like a guilt factor that never goes away. The whole time I know that I’m making him trust me and believe in me, but I know that I’m lying to him the whole time. It’s a challenge, but one that I really liked. It added a lot of different layers.
The film has this whole time travel hook, which may or may not happen. Top of your head favorite time travel story, or movie, or “Twilight Zone Episode?”
Duplass: Hands down 1980′s “Somewhere in Time.” Christopher Reeves gets visited by the old lady in the back of the theater who says, “Come back to me,” and he goes to the hotel to write his new play, and he discovers she was an actress in this hotel in the twenties. He checks the registry; he’s signed in, in 1920. He, by sheer force of how much he loves her, wills himself to go back in time. See it when you’re sick. See it when you’re feeling vulnerable. If you don’t, it’s too corny, too cheesy. But if you’re just a little bit puny, you’ll cry for a week.
Plaza: “Back to the Future.” That was a really important movie to me when I was a kid. I can’t think of a better time travel movie than that. I thought about that a lot when we were shooting. When we were in the Datsun, I felt like there was a lot of 80s time travel stuff going on.