Aubrey Plaza Has Not Watched All of ‘The White Lotus’ Yet
Aubrey Plaza doesn’t necessarily love watching herself on camera. “It’s really weird,” she tells Vanity Fair. “I’ve seen too much. I’ve done too much.” But Plaza got over her misgivings for VF’s Scene Selection series, which found the actor watching key scenes from projects including Parks and Recreation, Ingrid Goes West, and The White Lotus.
The exercise begins with a scene from Parks and Recreation, which Plaza noted was filmed over a decade ago. “Is it just me, or is my voice 10 pitches higher?” she asks. “I sound completely different. Life has beaten me down. My voice is lower. Am I like, 11 years old in this show?”
While watching a scene from The White Lotus, meanwhile, Aubrey Plaza notes that she hasn’t watched her entire season yet. “I wasn’t planning to until 10 years from now,” she says. “Unless I’m producing something, I’ll watch it 100 million times. But if I’m just acting in something I generally don’t watch it.”
The scene in question finds Plaza’s prickly Harper getting a little saucy while on vacation in Italy with her husband, Ethan (Will Sharpe), and their frenemies Cameron (Theo James) and Daphne (Meghann Fahy). “How do I play drunk?” Plaza asks herself. “I have a sort of sense memory approach. And I do a lot of research. So I know what it feels like to be very, very drunk. And I conjure up those moments. And I relive them, over and over again. And then I do a physical exercise—sometimes I spin around in circles. It really depends on the level of drunkenness.”
In the video, Plaza also shares that prior to The White Lotus, she and creator Mike White were working on a project together that got “kind of messed up” by the pandemic. “We’d been wanting to work together for awhile. After the first season of The White Lotus, he decided to throw me in there,” she says. “And yeah, he called me up and said he was writing a part for me. It was very simple. It doesn’t always happen like that.”
Plaza also takes a look back at two films, Ingrid Goes West and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Plaza credits her costar Elizabeth Olsen, whom she affectionately refers to as “Lizzie,” for making the first film work. Scott Pilgrim’s shoot, she says, was like a summer camp, with many of its stars—including Michael Cera, Brie Larson, and Chris Evans—going on to fabulous careers. “I think we all felt like there was something special going on,” she says. “We were experiencing something really rare and unique.”
This article originally appeared on Vanity Fair.