Aubrey Plaza has revealed that she was asked to “masturbate for real” while filming a scene for the 2013 sex comedy, The To-Do List. During an interview with Conan O’Brien, Plaza admitted that she had assumed the scene would be simulated. However, when she arrived on set, she found herself surrounded by a group of men and was instructed to perform the act on camera. Plaza approached director Maggie Carey about her discomfort, but was told to follow the script. Plaza, who has gone on to star in a range of TV shows and films, including The White Lotus, has since described the experience as “nerve-racking.”
Plaza’s Uncomfortable Experience on Set
During a recent interview with Conan O’Brien, actress Aubrey Plaza opened up about a traumatic experience she had while filming The To-Do List in 2013. The 38-year-old star revealed that she was asked to perform a solo sex act on camera, despite assuming that the scene would be simulated.
Plaza explained that she had expected a “nice scene” where the camera would cut away, leaving her hand just out of shot. However, when she arrived on set, she was surrounded by a group of men, and the camera was mounted on the ceiling to capture a full-body shot. Despite her reservations, Plaza was instructed to perform the act as written in the script.
Plaza Approaches the Director
Plaza later spoke to director Maggie Carey about her discomfort with the scene. However, Carey instructed her to continue with the scene as written. Plaza has since described the experience as “nerve-racking,” particularly as it was her first time filming a scene of that nature.
Plaza has since gone on to become a household name, with starring roles in shows such as Parks and Recreation and The White Lotus, as well as a range of film credits. However, her experience on The To-Do List has stayed with her, and she has spoken publicly about the need for greater protection for actors on set.
In a recent interview with Oregon Live, Plaza said, “I feel like there should be some kind of protection for actors, especially young actors who are just coming up and don’t know any better.”
The Need for Greater Protection on Set
Plaza’s experience highlights the need for greater protection for actors on set. While the use of intimacy coordinators is becoming more common, there is still much work to be done to ensure that actors are not placed in uncomfortable or unsafe situations.
As the entertainment industry continues to evolve, it is crucial that all those involved in the production process work together to create a safe and supportive environment for actors. Only by doing so can we ensure that everyone is able to perform to the best of their abilities, without fear of exploitation or harm.