Now, this is the role Aubrey Plaza was born to play.In Life After Beth, written and directed by Plaza's real-life boyfriend of many years Jeff Baena (who co-wrote I Heart Huckabees), the Parks and Recreation star finds her first great synergy with a big-screen character as a girl who comes back from the dead but doesn't realize she's dead and keeps trying to date her bereft boyfriend (Dane De Haan).
Her boyfriend, Dane De Haan, spends much of his time mourning with Beth’s parents (John C.
But that was unconscious," he said in the post-screening Q&A. Like the relationships that you have with the other person’s parents and those kind of boundaries — I thought they were handled really well.
Jada Yuan spoke with Plaza, who said she was starving and hung-over, about how to play the undead, Parks and Rec getting renewed, and being chained to an oven she carried on her back, which was "really special." Plaza [into my recorder]: Rrrrraaaahhhhhhhhhhh. And certain things that Zach and Beth do, like trying to find a place to go make out and have sex.
Baena wrote the script ten years ago, and like Beth, it's been resurrected. What reminded you of high school, college relationships?
"It was probably informed by the evolution of a relationship that went to shit and you try to get back together, if you broke up. No, it has not been a dream of mine, but it’s a nightmare of mine now ... Because I do think it really is a relationship movie.