Aubrey Plaza on working in 'The White Lotus'

There’s something really satisfying about the show because it’s very funny, but also very emotional, she said



LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 20: Aubrey Plaza attends the Los Angeles Season 2 Premiere of HBO Original Series 'The White Lotus' at Goya Studios on October 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.   Amy Sussman/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Amy Sussman / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 20: Aubrey Plaza attends the Los Angeles Season 2 Premiere of HBO Original Series "The White Lotus" at Goya Studios on October 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Amy Sussman/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Amy Sussman / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

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Published: Sun 4 Dec 2022, 3:53 PM

Last updated: Sun 4 Dec 2022, 4:00 PM

It’s a bonus when a film or a series explores real world issues and subjects, says Aubrey Plaza. The Hollywood actor, known for her award-winning performances in movies such as Ingrid Goes West and Emily the Criminal, said she likes to be associated with stories that audiences can relate to.

“I’m interested in anything that people can relate to, in exploring what’s going on now in the world and in society, the kind of tensions and the class struggles.

“But more importantly, I’m just interested in playing characters and being in stories that audiences can relate to or have some kind of catharsis from watching something,” Plaza said.

What is quite magical about cinema is that people often find themselves in the stories they watch, she added.

“You’re exploring the human condition and you’re exploring what’s going on in the world. And it is a bonus when something is also timely. It’s just helpful for the audience to be more engrossed in the story and they feel seen by it.”

Her latest project is the HBO comedy series The White Lotus, which returned with its second season after its critically-acclaimed season one in 2021.

For Plaza, who found fame with her role of April Ludgate in popular sitcom Parks and Recreation, comedy is all “about relieving tension”.

“It’s about tension and release. But I think, the funniest stuff comes out of the most real stuff. I grew up kind of with the philosophy of truth in comedy, which is that the funniest stuff always comes out of the most real moments in life,” the 38-year-old actor said.

Her reason for choosing The White Lotus, a comedy exploring the lives of the guests and employees of the titular resort chain, was the chance to collaborate with creator Mike White.

“I loved Mike White’s writing. I love how he writes characters, specifically female characters. He’s very good at it. There’s something really satisfying about the show because it’s very funny, but also very emotional.

“It has all the things. Knowing that Mike White is writing, it is just a setup for something to be great. I was a fan before I even saw it,” Plaza said.

In the sophomore chapter, the actor stars as Harper Spiller, a lawyer who along with her husband and his friends, visits the resort’s property in Sicily, Italy.

“Mike is so good at showing kind of intimate and dark details about people and their relationships,” she said.

The White Lotus also stars F Murray Abraham, Michael Imperioli, Will Sharpe, Theo James, Meghann Fahy, Adam DiMarco, Tom Hollander, Haley Lu Richardson, and Jennifer Coolidge.


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