Aubrey Plaza is noted for her sarcastic humor and intense characters, like April Ludgate from Parks and Rec and Ingrid from Ingrid Goes West. She’s taking lessons from Hollywood greats like Austin Butler and Jeremy Strong as she even transitions away from network television and into more film parts, and she tried method acting on the set of 2016’s Dirty Grandpa.
She may have acted too close to the sun, though, when she acted “totally insane” around her co-star Robert De Niro. She added that she was focused on staying in character as Lenore, a young woman who wants to have s*x with Robert De Niro’s Dick Kelly.
Aubrey Plaza terrifies Robert De Niro with her method acting
The Godfather 2 actor was taken aback by Aubrey Plaza‘s dedication to her Dirty Grandpa role. Plaza spoke on her first meetings with the Hollywood legend during a London Film Festival discussion led by Leigh Singer for Emily the Criminal which the Child’s Play actress stars in and produces.
Plaza portrayed Lenore, a young woman who is interested in De Niro’s character, Lt. Colonel Richard “Dick” Kelly, in the bawdy 2016 comedy. The Ingrid goes West star said that she pretended to be Lenore before the cameras started shooting to get into character:
“I didn’t really have a relationship with him [De Niro] off camera because he’s him. I didn’t have time to get to know him, he shows up in a puff of smoke and there’s no chatting at the water cooler.” She continued: “By the time he’d show up, I’m in character. My character had one goal: To have s*x with him. I was acting totally insane as the character because we were about to shoot. I don’t think he understood that wasn’t me. You’d think he would because he’s an actor and an amazing one.”
She stated that her performance as the s*x-crazed college coed Lenore allegedly captivated De Niro to the point where one of her agents “heard Bob’s a little freaked out.” Their friendship was swiftly repaired, and the Dirty Grandpa’s actress stated that the two “really got along” after that.
The Expanding Career of Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Plaza also shared how she got into producing and her plans to direct during the conversation. Although Plaza’s first producing credit was in the 2017 comedy The Little Hours, she referred to Ingrid Goes West as “her king of comedy.” The Child’s Play star stated that she met with the film’s director, Matt Spicer, after reading the script and “demanded” to be cast in the film. She was so invested in the picture that she also wanted to play a role off-screen.
Plaza, who has received critical acclaim for her work in films such as Ingrid Goes West and Black Bear, anticipates potential roles for herself in Hollywood down the road.
The Dirty Grandpa actress is renowned for her sarcastic comedic approach, rose to prominence as April Ludgate on NBC’s Parks and Rec. She now plays Laura on Little Demon and will appear in the second season of HBO’s award-winning series White Lotus.