Aubrey Plaza had to overcome a few fears in the R-rated comedy The To Do List — including doing a number of hilariously awkward sex scenes. But the 29-year-old actress says she's anything but brave.
"I'm fearful every day of my life. Every moment of life is full of fear," the Parks and Recreation star said in her usual deadpan manner. "But you know when I was shooting this movie I had a lot of support and the cast was so funny ... so I just kind of looked fear in the face."
Plaza plays Brandy Klark, an overachieving high school graduate, in the coming-of-age comedy set in 1990s Boise, Idaho, who tries to complete a sexual to-do list before heading off to college.
"Looking back on it, I feel like the masturbating scene was a little bit the most nerve-racking. Just because in my head I thought, 'Oh, we'll probably shoot this in a way where I don't really have to really do it.' But then when we did it and I was like, 'Oh no, we're going to shoot it where I do it,'" Plaza said in a recent interview. "Also, when my top fell off and I was running around with all those kids. You know I'm a method actor, so I really was topless, and I think I scarred some of those kids for life. So that was more nerve-racking for them, but they deserved it."
The To Do List was written and directed by Maggie Carey, wife of actor Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live).
In picture: Aubrey Plaza poses for GQ Magazine