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Sundance: Aubrey Plaza On Ingrid Goes West And The Little Hours

Aubrey Plaza had two movies at Sundance, The Little Hours and Ingrid Goes West. We were at the premiere screening for Ingrid Goes West, a comedy starring Plaza as a social media obsessed woman who stalks her favorite Instagram star. After the movie, Plaza spoke about producing both films.

“We started working on Ingrid Goes West before I did The Little Hours,” Plaza said. “I think when I first met with [director] Matt [Spicer], I read the script as an actor and loved it so much. I don’t know how I became a producer. I don’t remember. I really loved it so much that I really wanted to do it. It was an organic kind of thing. I really wanted to be involved in getting the cast together. I think it was helpful for me to take on that role also having gone through The Little Hours where I am a producer on that movie but I’m not like Liz Destro who’s the real producer of that movie. I helped with the cast on that movie but for this movie I was involved in every step.”

Ingrid was a dark character for Plaza to play. “Well, it was actually a little bit f***ed up for me,” she said. “I think the whole shoot  was really fast and we had a lot of stuff to do. I’d never been in a movie where it’s really from my perspective, so psychologically that was a different kind of thing for me. I think it was kind of scary little bit at times but I made it through the other side and I’m really glad to be here. It was hard but I was surrounded by an amazing cast of people and Matt was a really amazing partner as a director. O’Shea [Jackson, Jr.] provided about 20 boxes of pizza every day for the crew, Dunkin Donuts and different snacks for everybody every day and kept the crew happy. I had a lot of support.”

Casting Jackson as the leading man led to a comical misunderstanding. Jackson plays Dan Pinto, Ingrid’s landlord and aspiring screenwriter of a Batman spec. “I sent him a message because I had just read the script and I was presenting at an awards show, like I do,” Plaza said. “I just had an idea in my mind that oh, maybe, I don’t know, maybe he would be a funny Pinto. So I messaged him and said that I have an idea, gave him my number and said, ‘I have this idea, a script. If you think it’s a cool idea, let me know and I’ll e-mail it to you.’ That’s what I did. I get a text message from a number I don’t recognize a couple days later that said, ‘It’s Batman.’ I for some reason thought he loved the script. So I texted Matt and said, ‘I think he really liked it.’ I said to you, ‘Yo, you’re Batman.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I’m Batman.’ It turns out that I never got his e-mail. That was a fantasy in my mind I had created for myself. I don’t know what he thought we were meeting about.”

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