Interview: Aubrey Plaza has revealed how people think she is
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Aubrey Plaza has revealed how people think she is ‘intimidating’ and ‘on the offensive’ all the time.

The actress, 37, told how she believes she is often misunderstood by people in her everyday interactions and what she says is frequently miscontrued.

The Parks And Recreation star posed for the cover and a stunning photoshoot for Cosmopolitan magazine where she said she has no desire to compete with her husband, director and screenwriter Jeff Baena.

Interview: Aubrey Plaza has revealed how people think she is 'intimidating' and 'on the offensive' all the time

Interview: Aubrey Plaza has revealed how people think she is 'intimidating' and 'on the offensive' all the time

Interview: Aubrey Plaza has revealed how people think she is ‘intimidating’ and ‘on the offensive’ all the time

On being misunderstood, Aubrey said: ‘I’m more often misunderstood in my everyday interactions, which still continues to make me laugh. 

‘Like all my text messages are getting misconstrued—I think people think that I’m never serious, but a lot of times I’m just saying what I actually think. 

‘I’ve heard more than once that I’m intimidating, that I’m on the offensive all the time, but I’m not.’ 

On whether it’s good for creative couples to have a little competition, the star said ‘Maybe subconsciously, because it keeps things interesting and fiery or something. But I think collaboration is key. 

Candid: The actress, 37, told how she believes she is often misunderstood by people in her everyday interactions and what she says is frequently miscontrued

Candid: The actress, 37, told how she believes she is often misunderstood by people in her everyday interactions and what she says is frequently miscontrued

Candid: The actress, 37, told how she believes she is often misunderstood by people in her everyday interactions and what she says is frequently miscontrued

‘You have to create a really safe space to work together… I don’t want to compete with my partner. I want to compete with everyone else.’ 

Aubrey, who is currently filming the second season of HBO’s The White Lotus, also discussed how she has been motivated by rejection since the early days of her career.

She said: ‘I remember feeling rejected at a young age. I wanted to act so badly and I had some other friends in my peer group, like John Gallagher Jr., who’s an amazing, Tony Award–winning actor, and I would watch him do auditions and get cast in plays and stuff when we were in high school. 

‘I was like, “I want to do that too,” but then I would go and get rejected. It fueled me. I just remember being like, “They don’t even know.” I was so awkward and weird. 

‘But I had this burning thing where I felt so misunderstood. Once I started doing community theater and I found my weirdo friends, I felt very emboldened to just really be myself and not care. 

Couple: The Parks And Recreation star said said she has no desire to compete with her husband, director and screenwriter Jeff Baena (pictured together)

Couple: The Parks And Recreation star said said she has no desire to compete with her husband, director and screenwriter Jeff Baena (pictured together)

Couple: The Parks And Recreation star said said she has no desire to compete with her husband, director and screenwriter Jeff Baena (pictured together)

‘Public pranks were a big part of my growing up and it was this addictive feeling of doing something embarrassing and not caring what anyone thinks. It feels like a superpower or something. If you don’t care, then you’re free.’ 

Aubrey experienced an intense bout of creativity during the pandemic and has penned a screenplay.

The actress said she still isn’t sure if she’ll get the financing for the project, describing it as a ‘silly movie’.

She said: ‘It’s been years in the making; it’s a bigger film than I think people would expect from me. Who knows if I’ll even get the financing. 

‘But—talking about taking big swings—it’s, like, a big swing. It’s me doing a type of film that kids could enjoy too, which I really like. Those are the movies that I grew up watching, early Tim Burton movies like Beetlejuice and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. 

She said: 'You have to create a really safe space to work together… I don't want to compete with my partner. I want to compete with everyone else'

She said: 'You have to create a really safe space to work together… I don't want to compete with my partner. I want to compete with everyone else'

She said: ‘You have to create a really safe space to work together… I don’t want to compete with my partner. I want to compete with everyone else’

‘If I’m going to make a movie, I want to really, really go for it and make something that’s just totally out-there. Who am I to even think I can pull this off? 

‘But I’m going to try. I can’t really say what it’s about because I don’t want to jinx it, but it’s a movie. A silly movie! A silly movie that hopefully will turn into theme parks! I want it all.’ 

Asked where her ideas come from, Aubrey said: ‘Usually from being out in the world. I don’t live a life where I’m constantly reminded that I’m an actor or that I’m famous.

‘When I’m in L.A., there are paparazzi photos of me walking my dogs every day because they’re waiting for Brad Pitt but they get me instead.’ 

Aubrey also discussed having of older female friends, noting how Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones both helped her out when she was on Parks And Recreation.

Role: On whether she is still perceived as her Parks And Recreation character April Ludgate, Aubrey said :'I think it's both. People project my characters onto me'

Role: On whether she is still perceived as her Parks And Recreation character April Ludgate, Aubrey said :'I think it's both. People project my characters onto me'

Role: On whether she is still perceived as her Parks And Recreation character April Ludgate, Aubrey said :’I think it’s both. People project my characters onto me’ 

She said: ‘Maybe it’s because I’m an older sister, so I never had my own older sister. I’m sure my therapist would have something to say about that. 

‘Parks and Rec was my introduction to acting and living in L.A., and I had Amy [Poehler] and Rashida [Jones] take me under their wings; they became my older sisters. 

‘I do feel like I have a lot of mentor friends and I gravitate toward powerful women. I idolize them.’

On whether she is still perceived as her character April Ludgate, Aubrey said :’I think it’s both. People project my characters onto me and it’s just the tone of my voice or the rhythm of how I speak that sounds like I’m being a jerk or something. 

‘I also think a lot of times people will try to out-weird me before I even say anything and I just want to be like, “Whoa, you’re coming in hot.”‘

Aubrey said: 'I do feel like I have a lot of mentor friends and I gravitate toward powerful women. I idolize them'

Aubrey said: 'I do feel like I have a lot of mentor friends and I gravitate toward powerful women. I idolize them'

Aubrey said: ‘I do feel like I have a lot of mentor friends and I gravitate toward powerful women. I idolize them’ 

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk

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