Aubrey Plaza hits a cre­ative high with two new films plus pro­ducer ti­tles

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When di­rec­tor Matt Spicer was cast­ing the ti­tle role of his dark tale of ob­ses­sion and iden­tity “In­grid Goes West,” he wasn’t sure if Aubrey Plaza would be the right fit. ¶ “My only ques­tion was does she see this as a com­edy?” he re­called think­ing. “Or is she going to be able to do some of the more dra­matic stuff we’re going to need her to be able to do?” ¶ Con­sider those ques­tions asked and an­swered. With her cur­rent run of work, Plaza has emerged as a per­former of sur­pris­ing depth and range and a cre­ative force to be reck­oned with be­hind the cam­era too. ¶ In ad­di­tion to serv­ing as both star and pro­ducer for “In­grid Goes West,” open­ing Fri­day, Plaza pro­duced “The Lit­tle Hours,” a randy me­dieval com­edy that opened this sum­mer. The back-to-back indies ar­rive in the wake of some of the best crit­i­cal no­tices of Plaza’s ca­reer for her per­for­mance on TV’s “Le­gion.” ¶ In “In­grid Goes West,” Plaza plays the ti­tle char­ac­ter, a young wo­man who moves to Los An­ge­les hop­ing for a fresh start af­ter the death of her mother. First via In­sta­gram and then in the real world, she stalks a wo­man (El­iz­a­beth Olsen) who seems to have it all — the right clothes, the right boyfriend, the right lunch, the right life. ¶ As In­grid,

Rep. Max­ine Waters is re­claim­ing her time. And your time. And ev­ery­one’s time.

Sure, the long­est-serv­ing black wo­man in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has al­ready had sev­eral mo­ments this year, but her lat­est is truly spe­cial. This time, there’s a sound­track. It be­gan on July 27 dur­ing a rou­tine House Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Com­mit­tee meet­ing. Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steven Mnuchin was tes­ti­fy­ing and seem­ingly try­ing to avoid Waters’ in­quiries about Pres­i­dent Trump’s fi­nan­cial ties to Rus­sia, which Waters was hav­ing none of.

“Re­claim­ing my time,” Waters re­peat­edly in­toned, in­vok­ing House floor pro­ce­dure and giv­ing the In­ter­net a new ral­ly­ing cry.

(Lost in the re­joic­ing was Waters’ ab­so­lutely sav­age re­ply af­ter she had, in­deed, re­claimed her time: “Thank you for the com­pli­ments about how great I am, but I don’t want to waste my time on me.”)

This was far from Waters’ first in­stance of on­line renown, hav­ing spent the last year going head to head with Pres­i­dent Trump and for­mer Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.

Why did peo­ple re­spond to Waters’ re­cent in­vo­ca­tion so fer­vently? Be­cause it was a sim­ple ex­am­ple of tak­ing your power back from some­one at­tempt­ing to min­i­mize it, an oc­cur­rence all too com­mon for marginal­ized pop­u­la­tions.

Also, it sounds boss.

And now Adam Joseph, a pro­ducer and DJ, has turned Waters’ take-no-pris­oner words into a dance mix des­tined to be the po­lit­i­cally rel­e­vant jam your pool party needs.

Even more in­spir­ing is Broad­way per­former Mykal Kil­gore’s gospel ren­di­tion of “Re­claim­ing My Time,” fea­tur­ing his an­gelic, a cap­pella har­mo­niz­ing, while us­ing Waters’ wis­dom as lyrics. Kil­gore’s per­for­mance even gar­nered ac­co­lades from the queen her­self, with Waters tweet­ing, “Wow! Headed for the Gram­mys. Praises and thanks!” to the singer on July 28.

Well, guess you can plan to see Waters at next year’s Gram­mys too.

Mar­cus Yam Los An­ge­les Times

AUBREY PLAZA, star­ring in the sum­mer films “The Lit­tle Hours” and “In­grid Goes West,” says she of­ten has trou­ble shak­ing off her roles af­ter a pro­duc­tion ends.

Paul San­cya As­so­ci­ated Press

MAX­INE WATERS’ words have been turned into a dance jam.

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