Being a ‘deadpan’ actor and comedian is harder than people think. Being funny with doing nothing at all is a skill that some people have honed that is really hard. There is a lot going on, even though it seems like there’s nothing going on. The frustrating thing about being labeled as ‘deadpan’ is that, for me, [characters] are human beings that have so many things going on and motivations for everything.

“When I meet people for the first time, they can’t believe I’m not going to be mean. They’ll do a thing where they’ll be kind of mean to me, and I can tell they think that that’s what I’m like. It’s like I’m too much of a people pleaser to not do it. Sometimes it’s fun for me, because if I say something sarcastic or whatever, they’ll eat it up; they aren’t offended. I’m like, I know what you want. You want me to fucking say something weird to you. Fine.”

Aubrey Plaza for The Cut, August 2017