Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan on Life After Beth and the Rise of Chris Pratt

Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan: interview

Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan are possessed of two of the most withering deadpan stares in the business, so they’re perfectly matched in the new film Life After Beth, though the twist is that they both get to play sweet in it. Well, that’sone twist. The other, perhaps more important twist is that this young romance is complicated by the fact that Plaza’s Beth is a zombie, and when she comes back to life, she and DeHaan decide to give their relationship another go. That means he must overlook a few minor things, like her rotting flesh and sudden bursts of super-strong aggression, but hey: We all make compromises in relationships, right? Earlier this month, Plaza and DeHaan sat down with Vulture to discuss how they made it work.

Is it fun to look like a zombie all day?
Aubrey Plaza: My most fun times were driving in the shuttle from the hair-and-makeup trailer to location, because we had to drive in traffic. I would wait for red lights, then pop my head out the window and try to scare the shit out of people.

The makeup doesn’t start to bother you around, like, hour three?
AP: I didn’t mind any of it, actually. It wasn’t that bad. The only thing that sucked was towards the end of the movie, when I’m covered with blood, and fake blood gets sticky, gets in your hair, gets into everything. The blood and the gore was probably the worst part of it, but the zombie makeup and prosthetics were actually cool.

Are people more naturally concerned for you when you’re walking around covered in fake blood?
AP: You know, you’d think they would be. But for some reason, people in L.A. don’t get fazed by anything.

Dane, this is one of the most normal roles I’ve ever seen you play. Is this character much closer to how you really are?
Dane DeHaan: I don’t think I’ve really ever played a character that much like myself. Probably because I’m not very interesting, and a movie about me would be really boring.

AP: It’d just be, like, three hours of you playing golf.

DD: Yeah, exactly.

AP: And being a smartass.

DD: And then taking a nap. But that’s what I love, is playing characters who are different [from] myself, and getting better at acting. I love acting, I’ve always loved acting, and I’ve been really fortunate to get the opportunities to do it with all different kinds of characters. Life After Beth was actually a big departure for me, in terms of it being my first comedy.

Do people not send you many comedies? Are they typecasting you based on your more brooding roles?
DD: I don’t know. I mean, I went from doing a comic-book movie to doing a comedy to doing a James Dean biopic to doing a 17th-century romance, so there’s not really much of a through line in that, I think, except that I’m very fortunate that people keep trusting me with different kinds of films. I think that’s a huge gift. Not only is it a dream come true to work at the level that I get to work at, but I feel like people don’t really see me as one thing or another. They’re just seeing me as an actor, and that’s the goal.

Do you feel like that’s the case for you, Aubrey?
AP: No, I don’t. I think that when you’re on a TV show and you play the same character for seven years, people tend to identify you pretty heavily with that character, and it becomes a challenge to have them see you in a different light. But I like that challenge. It’s fun for me to do things that surprise people, and I always try to do interesting movies for myself. Hopefully, I’ll get the opportunity to keep doing different things. That’s the goal for any actor, I think: You never want to be doing the same thing over and over again.

It’s interesting that the movie begins, really, after Beth has already died. We don’t get to see what their relationship was like pre-zombie — we have to intuit it.
DD: For me, it’s always important to fully flesh out every relationship in a film, so it was important to have an understanding of who Beth was in my life and the history of our relationship and where we were at when she died, absolutely.

AP: It was important for me to just have an idea of who Beth was when she was alive. In terms of their relationship, when we see her come back in the movie, she’s totally in a weird state of amnesia. She’s only remembering select things about their relationship, so I thought a lot about who she was before that. I tried to have a live Beth shine through some of the zombie moments.

Aubrey, your boyfriend Jeff Baena directed the film. Is it weird to discuss with your real boyfriend who should play your fake boyfriend?
AP: It was actually fun casting the movie and talking about who could play those parts. Dane and I have the same manager and the same agent, and he’s such a good actor that it was kind of a no-brainer.

Had you two met before Dane came onboard this film?
DD: Very, very, very briefly.

Was it at some party where it was like, “You’re famous, I’m famous. Let’s talk to each other!”
AP: We met at Jeff’s apartment, where I was living, I guess?
DD: I think that is what Aubrey said to me. “You’re famous …”
AP: “… I’m famous.”
DD: And then she walked away.

Aubrey, you’ve said that you don’t tend to discuss work with Jeff, but you kind of had to for this movie. Has that gone back to normal yet?
AP: Not yet, because we’ve kept talking about it: I’ve gone through the entire process of making the movie with him, and it’s been a really big part of my year. But it’s been interesting to see a movie go from the very beginning stages to the very end, with all of the weird steps in between. I went to film school — the same one that Jeff went to — and I’m really interested in writing stuff, so it was actually a really great learning process for me to watch all this and go through it.

Are you writing something now?
AP: I’m always writing something, but I have one project, a television project, that I’m working on now. And hopefully, I’ll get to direct it.

Dane, are you interested in writing and directing, too?
DD: Uhhh, nope. [Laughs.] I’m really terrified to write, and I just really love acting, so while people will continue to let me act, I’ll just stick with that.

Aubrey, what accounts for your sudden proximity to superheroes and supervillains? Dane played the Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, your Parks and Rec co-star Chris Pratt is starring inGuardians of the Galaxy, you have a movie coming up with Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie from Captain America 
AP: How do you know all that?

I do my research.
AP: Oh, okay. Well, I think it’s just obvious that I need to be a superhero. Or a supervillain. I’m waiting for my chance, and I want it now.

It must be fun to see how Chris Pratt has blown up over the last month.
AP: The cast of Parks and Rec, we all know how brilliant he is, and it’s just nice to see the world [be] let in on the secret of Chris Pratt. I went to the premiere, and it was un-fucking-believable how huge that premiere was. I’ve never seen anything like it. The movie’s gigantic, it made something crazy, like $100 million, its first weekend … it’s really cool.

Is it weird that now people are digging up his old yearbook photos and asking if he’s the new Jennifer Lawrence?
AP: Is that what’s happening?

Yeah. We’re at peak Pratt right now.
AP: That’s cool. Is that weird for me? No, because I don’t have anything to do with it. But I think it’s great.

VIDEO: Dane DeHaan Tells MTV Everything He Knows About ‘Sinister Six’

Ever since “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ set up a possible “Sinister Six” movie, people have been asking a ton of questions about the spinoff. Included in those people, it turns out, is the Green Goblin himself, Dane DeHaan, who wasn’t even told about the 2016 release date for the movie.

“I found that out by reading the news,” DeHaan, the star of the new zombie rom-com “Life After Beth,” joked in an interview with MTV News.

Although to be fair, Aubrey Plaza, who plays the zombie part of the zombie rom-com, barely knew anything at all about the franchise.

“What did you find out, there’s a new Spider-Man?” asked Plaza.

“Is there like a sexy, purple ghoul or something that I could play?” Plaza asked. “Maybe you could talk to the director, producer, say you have a friend. I could be scary!”

OK, Aubrey, we hear you. Maybe a female Sandman (Sandwoman, sorry), to inject some life into that character? We’d see it.

Other than the release date, DeHaan was as in the dark as anyone. Hopefully he, along with the rest of us, get some info — other than the release date — soon.


Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza – “Good Morning America” appearance

Dane and Aubrey visited ABC Studios to appear on “Good Morning America” today (July 29, 2014). They talked about their movie “Life After Beth“. Watch the interview and check the photos from their appearance below:

The Sunday Times 2014: Welcome to Hollywood… 2024

He grew up playing pretend: Dane DeHaan

Dane DeHaan photoshoot for 2013 Sunday Times

On a biting-cold Sunday last month, two magazine covers of America’s future sat in a cafe on New York’s 10th Avenue as the world drifted by. One — Cory Booker — is a Democrat senator, a favourite for president in 2024. The other, Dane DeHaan, is an actor, the new Leonardo DiCaprio, who points out Booker to me — “I love Cory Booker” — as supporters of Obama did towards the end of the last century. DeHaan plays James Dean in a new film, from a time before his big time. “People in the business knew who he was,” says this actor of that one. “But he wasn’t famous yet.” Sometimes, features write themselves.

I arranged to meet DeHaan to (pretty much) tell him how brilliant he is. See anything from his short career and you will understand. From a loner in Chronicle who gets special powers, to Ryan Gosling’s vengeful son in The Place Beyond the Pines, to the Beat-poet killer Lucien Carr in Kill Your Darlings — on screen, he is intense, likeable, cute. With, as a colleague points out, incredible blue eyes.

I don’t spend time thinking about my eyes,” he smiles, sipping a cappuccino. He smiles a lot. “They’re just my eyes. I guess I have to thank my parents.”

He was born in 1986, in Allentown, Pennsylvania — a blue-collar city that became the unasked-for subject of a Billy Joel song about deprivation and old industry. He was impatient, and left when he could, moving to North Carolina for “arts class from nine in the morning to 11 at night”. He “grew up playing pretend”, wanting only to act, and if his twenties so far have been quiet, steady, the next 10 years will change that. This month, he is in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, as Harry Osborn, who turns into the Green Goblin.

It’s a whole new audience, I say. “I mean, it’s, like, the world,” he replies. “Suddenly, everybody knows who you are...” He trails off. In Life — the Dean film — he stars with Robert Pattinson. Daniel Radcliffe was one of the many men who wanted to bed him in Kill Your Darlings. And for the sequel to 2012’s original reboot, Andrew Garfield returns as Spider-Man. DeHaan, then, has seen how life in a big franchise can be. “I don’t spend much time thinking about it,” he says, clearly thinking about it. “Because you can’t grasp it until it’s happening.”

The blockbuster was a six-month shoot in New York, the biggest ever in the city. It was a convenient location, what with DeHaan living over in Brooklyn with his wife, the TV actress Anna Wood (“She really keeps me sane”), and he prefers it on the East Coast. It’s where he can find better theatre parts and continue to collect admirers, just like James Franco, who played Osborn in last decade’s Spider-Man films, and who has painted DeHaan. (That portrait can be seen later this month in Interview magazine.)

I ask who his heroes are and he says, sweetly: “Phil Hoffman, you know?” DeHaan used to take the bus from Allentown to New York, to the late actor’s LAByrinth company, for readings. “He continued to challenge himself,” he says. Then he mutters: “Al Pacino.” He has been to his house: another reading. “He has a coffee table littered with acting books,” he says, in awe. “It was amazing. He is Al Pacino, and he’s still reading books about acting, like he’s trying to get better.”

At 28 — DeHaan’s age — Pacino hadn’t done anything. He was four years away from The Godfather. We big up people more these days, and the web is full of articles titled Why Dane DeHaan Should Be Your New Hollywood Crush — not to mention his own active social-network accounts on which he and his wife post pictures of themselves and their dog. He’s a visible actor, the face of Prada’s new campaign; he has already been shot by Hedi Slimane and Annie Leibovitz.

It was never something I aspired to,” he says of his modelling work. “But, when I was younger, I did always like fashion. Well, as much fashion as you’re exposed to as a kid in Allentown, Pennsylvania.” He used to look at “red driving shoes” in the Prada store on those trips into Manhattan, wishing he could buy them. He has since been sent a pair. “Now I need a car,” he laughs. He’ll probably be sent one of those, too.

For now, it’s about balance. The awards-flirting Life, directed by Anton Corbijn, will open next year. There is also a mooted Green Goblin spin-off, The Sinister Six. I ask if he would be in it. “This movie plants the seeds for something further down the road,” he says carefully. “But as far as my future in the franchise goes, I have no idea. I’d love to continue. I really, truly would.”

That said, his “side job”, the modelling, allows him “to take acting jobs that are the most challenging, and I don’t have to worry how much I’m paid”. Maybe DeHaan won’t suit up again for months on end. Maybe he knows his talents are better used elsewhere.

If I get to do a superhero movie, a comedy, play a real-life person and do a 16th-century romance, back to back, then I’ll grow more than if I did the same movie over and over,” he says.

I ask about the next decade: where he will be in 2024. He says if someone had asked him that five years ago, he would have “sold myself way short”. He doesn’t know. “I can only hope that in 10 years, things would have continued to grow.”

He’s on a long weekend break and, when we’re done, he near runs out of the cafe, back to Brooklyn. I hope someone took a photo of Senator Booker and DeHaan in the same room. The next time that happens, it could be in the White House, one of those star-studded flesh-pressing events. The next time it happens, the world will be watching.

Dazed Digital: “Dane DeHaan: Hollyweird’s poster boy”

Dane DeHaan during 2013's photoshoot by Bafic

As he slips into the more comfortable title of sex symbol, the small-town Pennsylvanian and future James Dean is shedding the label of geek

Maybe it’s the glassy eyes. Maybe it’s his disarmingly slow, geeky warble. Either way, Hollywood’s hottest property, Dane DeHaan – imported from the sheltered ‘burbs of Allentown, Pennsylvania (pop. 118,974) – is finally on the verge of becoming a true sex symbol, after years spent languishing in the purgatory of being a “thinking woman’s crumpet”. DeHaan has just been made Prada’s latest poster boy, and bulked up comic-book-movie style (read: a gruelling six days a week at the gym for nine months) for the role of the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man 2. He also plays a cocksure, Marlboro-lipped James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s forthcoming Life, about a Life magazine photographer (Robert Pattinson) obsessed with the late icon. Surely he must be feeling like a sex bomb ready to detonate?

“I don’t know. God, I mean, there’s definitely a subconscious sense of confidence that goes along with it,” he smirks, adding a splash of milk to his coffee. He’s clearly bowled over by the idea that people would eagerly throw themselves at the former small-town beanpole. “People tweet…” He trails off, thumbing through his @-replies. “It hasn’t really reached an uncomfortable level of people throwing themselves at me in a way that’s uncomfortable. It’s just a whole lot of love. And that’s the really exciting part of it, I think.” Don’t waste your characters though, ladies. He put a ring on his high-school sweetie, fellow actor Anna Wood, in 2012. The couple live together in Brooklyn.

Dane DeHaan has already ticked off a good deal of boxes on the way to becoming a bona fide international box office draw. His first big role was in 2010 as troubled Bret Easton Ellis-type Jesse D’Amato in season three of HBO’s In Treatment, but he really made a splash in 2012 as rickets-addled southern moonshiner Cricket Pate in John Hillcoat’s Lawless, a Nick Cave-scripted film about a 30s-era bootlegging brotherhood fronted by Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf. DeHaan and LaBeouf took a near-method approach to getting into the role of fraternal closeness – before shooting started, the pair took a four-day coast-to-coast US road trip from LaBeouf’s hometown of LA to southern heartland Georgia.

So how was it spending the best part of a week with the ‘Beouf? Did the infamous paper bag make an appearance? He says their main beef was over the car soundsystem. “I was like, uhhh, I don’t really like rap music…” (DeHaan is more of a heavy metal kind of guy, and later appeared as Metallica roadie Trip in 2013 IMAX movie Metallica Through the Never.) It was a shaky start but gave way to a solid bromance – even if the unlikely pair were more Wayne and Garth than Thelma and Louise. “I think the bonding was over things we didn’t have in common, you know?” DeHaan says. They even spent Valentine’s Day together over a bowl of gumbo in “a really weird, nice restaurant” in Shreveport, Louisiana, where the two Hollywood outcasts were gawked at by formally dressed diners for their grubby road trip gear.

After Lawless, DeHaan appeared alongside Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines, before charming and flirting his way through his first real starring role, as the self-destructive Lucien Carr opposite Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg in Beat Generation love-in Kill Your Darlings. His onscreen kiss with Radcliffe lit up the messageboards and became something of an accidental career mile marker. “It was great, I guess,” DeHaan told us back in December. “If I were going into that scene thinking, ‘You’re about to kiss Daniel Radcliffe,’ I wouldn’t be doing my job. When we shot it, I was thinking, ‘I finally get to kiss the person that I love.'”

If I wanted to buy a CD, my Dad would listen to it and let me know if I could own it. They wouldn’t let me have the Green Day Dookie album. They wouldn’t let me have Bush. I mean, up to a certain age, I couldn’t watch The Real World”

The son of a computer programmer father and Knoll furniture executive mother, DeHaan had an unexceptional childhood. “I don’t think that my upbringing in Allentown would make a very exciting film,” he admits. All incoming culture went through a marathon screening process. “If I wanted to buy a CD, my dad would buy it first and listen to it and let me know if I could own it,” he says, before rattling off a laundry list of blacklisted material. “Metallica albums, Green Day… They wouldn’t let me have the Green Day Dookie album. They wouldn’t let me have Bush! I mean, up to a certain age, I couldn’t watch The Real World.”
“Not that you’d want to, really…” I say, coming to his defence. “I did want to!” he retorts with a chuckle. “The Real World used to be cool.”

I had this health teacher (who) kept me after class one time, saying, ‘You’re missing a lot of class.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, but I’m doing this play.’ He said, ‘Community theatre is not going to take you anywhere. Maybe you should stay in school’

Haunting the halls of Emmaus High School for three years with a Ferris Bueller-like truancy record, DeHaan would get into bouts with teachers who thought school should come before his ‘hobby’ of acting. “I had this health teacher – which was honestly the least important class I could probably be taking – and he kept me after class one time, saying, ‘You know, you’re missing a lot of class.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I know, but I’m doing this play.’ He said, ‘Community theatre and all that, it’s great, but it’s not going to take you anywhere. Maybe you should stay in school.'”

DeHaan swapped the peeved teachers of EHS for some of his all-time heroes: the teaching staff at North Carolina School of the Arts. One man in particular was the Miss Honey to his Matilda: Gerald Freedman, the now-retired dean of UNCSA. “Gerald was a very foreboding presence to me when I first came to school,” DeHaan said in a speech to commemorate the outgoing benefactor’s retirement. “He seemed like a fire-breathing Dionysus that would strike me down the moment I forgot a line or didn’t meet his expectations in a scene.” For one of their first meetings, DeHaan struggled through the opening of Chekhov’s The Seagull before he was cut short by Freedman saying, ‘What are you doing?!’. “I was like, ‘Well, I’m trying to impress the other character,’” DeHaan says now. “And he was like, ‘You’re not doing that. What you’re doing is you’re trying to do a good acting scene so that I think it’s good.’ And I was like, ‘Well, you’re right, actually…’”

“I kept thinking, ‘What am I going to do with this kid?!’ He’s too old to play children, but too young to play adults. I knew he was special, but what was the business going to do with him?” – Gerald Freedman

Freedman tells me that it was “rumoured” that DeHaan and Anna never slept. DeHaan bursts out laughing. “Did he seriously say that?” he asks. “No, we would not stay up all night. I mean, we would stay up late and have fun with friends and stuff. I remember in my freshman year, I had a friend named Paul and a friend named Matteo who shared a dorm together and we called their dorm room ‘Club PM’ (for Paul-Matteo), and we would all take our mattresses from our dorm rooms and create a floor of mattresses, and we would just go there and play Halo all night long, and go get fast food and hang out…” He trails off. “Those were such fun times.”

It’s uncanny how much his career seems to be mimicking that of the young James Franco. Both have played Harry Osborn in big-budget Spidey flicks, as well as James Dean (Franco in a TV movie). Franco – in all his experimental thirst – has even painted a portrait of DeHaan. Irrespective of artistic merit, being immortalised in acrylic by Franco is surely the penultimate step before a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. DeHaan will have to tread carefully.

To be honest, I haven’t spent that much time thinking about the fame aspect of it. Certainly now that I am here, and Spider-Man 2 is about to come out, it’s starting to register that something is happening

“To be honest, I haven’t spent that much time thinking about the fame aspect of it,” he says, fingering his wedding band. It sounds all too scripted, but he seems humble. “Certainly now that I am here, and Spider-Man 2 is about to come out, it’s starting to register that something is happening. But for me, what I focus on is the work, because that’s what I love to do and that’s the only thing that will always be there. I do what I do because I love to do it, and I love to do it because it’s a neverending quest. It’s an artform that you can do for your whole life and try to get better and better, and never be as good as you want to be. The fact that the world has embraced me in the way that they have makes my life so awesome and so cool. I never look at it thinking, ‘It’s going to take away my privacy or make me really famous.’ I just look at it as an opportunity to continue to try to master this artform.”

Whatever his path to enlightenment, he seems to be on the fast track. Fame is just dawning on DeHaan, the Halo-playing nerd who became Hollyweird’s poster boy. The kid who wasn’t allowed to listen to Metallica, who traded health class for community theatre. As we’re about to leave and DeHaan prepares to fend off throngs of females shoving at barriers for the Amazing Spider-Man 2 premiere, he stops short. “It’s so exciting that the world is embracing me, but I try as hard as I can to make it all about the work. I don’t know if I look at myself and I’m like, ‘Wow.’ I just look at all these opportunities I’m getting, and I’m so thankful.”

Source: Dazed Digital

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