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ARTICLE SARAH CRISTOBAL

PHOTOGRAPHY CARLOS SERRAO

STYLIST MARYAM MALAKPOUR

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Makeup Sabrina Bedrani for NARS Cosmetics (TraceyMattingly.com)  Hair Dennis Gots for Berns & Black Salon (Jed Root Inc.)  and Candice Birns (Nest Artists)   Manicure Jolene Brodeur  Digital technician Damon Loble  Photo assistants Ron Loepp, Amy Mauth, Robin Harper   Fashion assistants Catlin Myers and Manuel Parra  Key grip Roger Pittard  Makeup assistant Carissa Ferreri  Hair assistant Lara Cilento  Manicure assistant Kate Mosher  Production Barton Bronstein and Jennifer Hook  Retouching Portus Imaging  Locations Pier 59 Studios West, Los Angeles, and Smashbox Studios, Los Angeles

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THE DARLING OF DEADPAN CROSSES INTO LEADING LADY TERRITORY WITH A "SEXY" NEW FILM


“I definitely feel like I learned a lot about my body parts, and other people’s body parts,” Aubrey Plaza jokes of making her latest film, The To Do List, which she likens to “shooting a porn.” The period piece—it hearkens back all the way to 1996—stars Plaza as the studious and straight-laced Brandy, who aims to lose her virginity by the end of summer in order to prepare herself for her college years. In one of the film’s most LOL scenes, she researches sex (mainly through quizzing her promiscuous older sister, played by Rachel Bilson) and writes out a wonderfully nerdy checklist of sexual activities, in part to train for her big moment. (“Hand jobs, blow jobs, wow there are a lot of jobs,” Brandy remarks.)

The film is directed by Maggie Carey, who has been writing and producing comedy shorts since the early aughts (including hilarious clips for Funny or Die and the pitch-perfect insanity of The Jeannie Tate Show, in which a soccer mom conducts a talk show in her minivan). She also happens to be married to SNL alum Bill Hader, and she’s enlisted a hearty roster of comedic heavyweights, including Andy Samberg, Donald Glover, and Alia Shawkat. “The fact that I got to be there every day and kind of work with all of these people was really important for me,” says Plaza. “And the fact that I just got to pretend like I was giving Andy Samberg a blow job, that was really fun. There’s no way around feeling like you’re shooting some kind of pornographic movie, because I’m on my knees and he’s there and we’re in a tiny shower and there’s water everywhere—it’s just so awkward. But thank God I was with people that I love.”

She demurs when asked how it feels to wear the leading lady mantle (The To Do List marks her second such role, after Safety Not Guaranteed), instead focusing on her other job, the prime-time TV show Parks and Recreation, which has just been renewed for another season. “Yes, Amy [Poehler] and I are calling it ‘sexy six,’” says Plaza. “It’s our sexy sixth season. We hope it’s going to be extra sexy for everyone.” Does that mean incorporating some of her new tricks? “I hope so! I think we need to spice it up in that department.”

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Makeup Sabrina Bedrani for NARS Cosmetics (TraceyMattingly.com)  Hair Dennis Gots for Berns & Black Salon (Jed Root Inc.)  and Candice Birns (Nest Artists)   Manicure Jolene Brodeur  Digital technician Damon Loble  Photo assistants Ron Loepp, Amy Mauth, Robin Harper   Fashion assistants Catlin Myers and Manuel Parra  Key grip Roger Pittard  Makeup assistant Carissa Ferreri  Hair assistant Lara Cilento  Manicure assistant Kate Mosher  Production Barton Bronstein and Jennifer Hook  Retouching Portus Imaging  Locations Pier 59 Studios West, Los Angeles, and Smashbox Studios, Los Angeles

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