Amy is the best person you could possibly work off of. She’s my favorite actress. We’re good friends [in real life], and then when we have scenes together, there’s just this thing that clicks. Honestly, when I see on the call sheet that we have a scene together, I still get really excited. It’s always something different. It’s not like we revert back to some holding pattern that we have. She always totally surprises me, and I always try to surprise her — although I’m a much less agile performer than she is in a lot of ways. [Laughs] We’re just genuinely having a lot of fun when we’re doing these scenes, no matter how short or long or serious or funny.
Merle: This weekend you have two parents, me and Mother Nature.
Magnus: And I am Mother Nature’s brother, Brother Nature! But you can call me Magnus. Or Brother Nature. Your call.
Merle: Thank you, Magnus.
Magnus: Brother Nature.
“I was a total tomboy,” Plaza says of her childhood in Delaware, where
she attended an all-girls Catholic school and was raised, along with two
younger sisters, by a lawyer mother and wealth-manager father. “I was
really shy and really quiet until middle school, I guess.” That’s when
she discovered community theater, which changed everything. She
eventually moved to New York in 2002, attended NYU film school and
performed improv comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade. “I’m actually
not that great at long-form improv,” the actress admits. “I like doing
characters, but long-form improv is really hard. It requires a lot of
mental acuity. I had some great moments, but I had really embarrassing
Aubrey Plaza for The New York Post | February 2017