Ew! Which Parks and Recreation Star Got Bed Bugs?
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Making movies isn't as glamorous as you might think.
Especially indie flicks.
Just ask a certain Parks and Recreation star about the time she got
Aubrey Plaza ended up with a case of the creepy parasites while
filming a comedy called, of all things, Safety Not
Shot on a shoestring budget in about 24 days in rainy Seattle,
Plaza stars as one of two magazine editors (the other is newcomer
Karan Soni) who are helping a writer (New Girl's Jake Johnson)
track down a man (Mark Duplass) who claims he can travel back in
"It was a nightmare," Plaza told me about the bedbug bites
while the cast was promoting the movie at South by Southwest at the
W hotel in downtown Austin. "But, you know, it happens in
Her costars couldn't help but mess with her about it. "I thought
she was just freaking out too much and giving herself hives,"
Added Johnson, "I told her, 'The bedbugs seem to only bite when you
have a lot of anxiety.' I think it may have just been a rash from
Kidding aside, it seems to have all been well worth it. Writer
Derek Connolly actually wrote Safety with Plaza in mind. It first
picked up buzz at Sundance and was a must-see at SXSW. "I read it
and immediately attached myself to it," Plaza said. "I had so much
fun making the movie. It was a lot of fun."
And that included getting to shoot a gun. But, Plaza smiled, "we
were doing it at such a fast pace, I thought I was going to shoot
myself in the eye."
Hey, it certainly would have made her forget about the bedbugs.