Aubrey Plaza, the deadpan Wilmington, Delaware, comedian-turned-TV star of Parks and Recreation fame, made her lead-role film debut this spring in Safety Not Guaranteed, the oddball indie romance about a magazine intern on the trail of a guy (Mark Duplass) who claims to have built a time machine.
Plaza’s next is The To Do List, set for a Valentine’s Day release. Writer/director Maggie Carey, whose credits include Funny or Die, The Jeannie Tate Show and the doc Ladyporn, cast Plaza as Brandy Klark, a type-A high school grad who decides she has to catch up on all the things – like, sex things – heretofore not experienced. The red-band To Do List trailer, intro-ed by Plaza (as Plaza), promises a lot of R-rated enlightenment. Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader (aka Mr. Maggie Carey), Andy Samberg, Scott Porter, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sarah Steele and Alia Shawkat also star.
Here’s a bit of my interview with Plaza from back in June, answering the question: Why acting?
“I’ve always wanted to act, my entire life. I don’t know when the moment was… But yes, it’s weird, I can’t really pinpoint it. I’ve always known that’s what I wanted to do, and then I did it.
“I’m the worst — the worst at interviews. ‘I wanted to do it, and then I did it.’ Ick!”