Aubrey Plaza is a “disruptor by nature” states the famous writer, director, and close friend of the actress, Mike White. The industry and its audience, too, are aware of the fact about Aubrey Plaza’s deadpan humor, unusual quirks, and extreme unpredictability. Combined with the day and age’s creative demand, the actress makes for an entity that calls for an entirely separate character molded, tailored, and created specifically to embody her, instead of it being the other way around.
But, the separation of the personal and the professional is something that is hard to achieve when the Parks & Recreation actress has built up an identity that is inherently on the edge and defined by her very signature niche personality. So as a result, it’s unsurprising to hear of a tale or two that serves to remind Hollywood why Aubrey Plaza is synonymous with chaos and caricature.
Aubrey Plaza Conducts an Experiment on Adam DiMarco
In the months that occupied the shooting schedule of Aubrey Plaza and her co-stars of The White Lotus, the Sicilian retreat soon turned into a model of solitary imprisonment for the actress. Her indefinite boredom then gave way to ideas that perhaps truly prove that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. The Legion actress found herself being entertained by the possibility of running her co-stars haggard trying to guess who was after them when Plaza set up an elaborate mastermind plan to initiate a Blair Witch-style experiment.
Targeting Adam DiMarco among others, Aubrey Plaza’s experiment began with hotel reed diffusers and notes slipped under the doors. To throw off suspicion, the actress similarly marked her room with the reed diffusers. As if that wasn’t already enough, she went a step further and vocally outraged against whoever was targeting her — “Who did this?” — to two of her co-stars from The White Lotus.
The experiment would have eventually come to an easy end if Aubrey Plaza had conceded after the hotel staff came forward with the security footage, but it is a fact well known that hazy footage is the easiest tool to redirect suspicion toward others who possess similar build or hair color. And so that is naturally what Plaza did when she averted the hotel staff’s unanimous claim — “It’s Ms. Plaza” — with her counterclaim — “It was Beatrice! It was Simona!”
Adam DiMarco Was Pushed to the Brink of a Breakdown
As fun and occupational as it was for Aubrey Plaza to employ her mind with her essential experiment to evade boredom, the impact that it had on her co-star, Adam DiMarco, was much greater than what she could have imagined. During an interview with GQ, the actor says,
“I was definitely questioning my reality for a while there. I didn’t know who to trust. It was like Murder on the Orient Express. Everyone was the murderer.”
Adam DiMarco then admits to having employed a mole of his own, quite probably someone from the similarly scared hotel staff, to investigate what or who was behind this. Aubrey Plaza now reveals that in hindsight, her experiment might have gone a little too far.
“Adam was so innocent, like a baby bird. It was really sick, what I was doing to him. I got him to the brink of a psychological break.”
The sets of the Emmy-winning HBO series, The White Lotus began to blur the distinctive boundaries between reality and fiction as the show’s storyline started encroaching into the lives of the actors. The experience was made manifold in its thrilling Christiesque sensationalism by the unwarranted efforts of Aubrey Plaza on the hotel floors of the Four Seasons San Domenico Palace.
The White Lotus is now available for streaming on HBO Max.