“Parks and Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza plays the lead role in “The To-Do List,” a raunchy low-budget comedy about a graduating high school senior who wants to lose her virginity before she starts college.
Plaza was on ‘Conan’ Tuesday night plugging the film and talked about shooting a particularly awkward masturbation scene.
“I read it on the page and it said Brandy masturbates, and in my head I envisioned a nice scene where you just see my hand slowly go out of frame. That’s what I thought I was going into,” she said. “But then when I showed up, the camera was mounted on the ceiling, I was in my underwear and a Clinton tee shirt, and there were a bunch of old men smoking. You know, the crew guys!”
The scene illustrates one of the sexual activities Plaza’s character Brandy is trying to check off her list on the summer between high school and college. This was apparently much different than Plaza’s real-life checklist.
“I was a type-A loser, so I had a lot of ‘Figure out how to dress yourself’ or ‘Figure out how to make a better ponytail’ [on the list],” she told GQ magazine.
And while “The To-Do List” may be Plaza’s first big screen break, she see it as a springboard to bigger and better things, namely a super hero franchise.
"I want to be Catwoman," she joked (maybe) to the magazine. "I want my shot at Catwoman, and I want it soon."
“The To-Do List” hits theaters on Friday.