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WWD – The actresses, who star as a loner and a fashion blogger in the dark comedy, discuss their relationship with social media and each other.
As the stars of the dark and quirky Sundance hit “Ingrid Goes West,” Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen — who frequently inhabit opposite ends of the character spectrum — play out a comedic, cutting-edge take on the modern social phenomenon of Insta-envy and Insta-aspiration. Adrift in her life, loner Ingrid (Plaza) takes her obsession with the picture-perfect images from the feed of social media-savvy Taylor (Olsen) to a disturbing, sometimes funny, extreme.
Indeed, the pair may inspire career-coveting among their peers: along with appearing together in the critically praised indie comedy, each has an equally lauded film hitting theaters — Olsen as an out-of-her-depth FBI investigator in the bleak drama “Wind River,” and Plaza as a foul-mouthed 14th-century nun in the farce “The Little Hours.” And of course, they both have superhero blockbusters on their résumés: Olsen plays “The Avengers’” Scarlet Witch and Plaza is one face of the malevolent Shadow King on the X-Men spin-off “Legion.”
During their chat with WWD, the pair were thick as thieves while musing about their friendship, their mutual envies and the women they admire.
WWD: How soon after signing on to this did you guys start following each other on Instagram?
Elizabeth Olsen: I didn’t have an Instagram, and you didn’t either. Well, apparently, you did.
Aubrey Plaza: I did. I had a private one. No, I didn’t have a public one.
E.O.: She never invited me or told me about it!
A.P.: Come on. Don’t do this. I never post on it.
E.O.: You post a lot of stories on it.
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles.
BIG BREAK: As Glinda in The Magic of Oz at Showboat Youth Theatre in 1996.
STYLE ICONS: “My sisters [the Row founders Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen]. I’m serious. I’m not trying to be cute.”
FAVORITE ACCESSORIES: Sunglasses by the Row and Oliver Peoples.
WHAT I’M READING: The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion.
THREE FAVORITE FILMS: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, A Woman Under the Influence, The First Wives Club.
FAVORITE ACTOR, LIVING OR DEAD: Gena Rowlands.
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME AND PLAY ANY CHARACTER, WHO WOULD IT BE? Gena Rowlands in Opening Night.
UP NEXT: Avengers: Infinity War.
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