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Aubrey Plaza looks fear in the face in new comedy

  • This Sunday, July 14, 2013 photo shows from left, director/writer Maggie Carey, with cast members Clark Gregg, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Porter and Connie Britton from the film "The To Do List" at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.  The film releases on Friday, July 26, 2013. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

    This Sunday, July 14, 2013 photo shows from left, director/writer Maggie Carey, with cast members Clark Gregg, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Porter and Connie Britton from the film "The To Do List" at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. The film releases on Friday, July 26, 2013. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

  • This Sunday, July 14, 2013 photo shows Aubrey Plaza from the cast of "The To Do List" at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.  The comedy revolves around a Boise teenager named Brandy Klark, played by Plaza, a valedictorian of the Class of 1993, who creates a "to do" list of the things she missed out on in high school. The film releases Friday, July 26, 2013. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

    This Sunday, July 14, 2013 photo shows Aubrey Plaza from the cast of "The To Do List" at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. The comedy revolves around a Boise teenager named Brandy Klark, played by Plaza, a valedictorian of the Class of 1993, who creates a "to do" list of the things she missed out on in high school. The film releases Friday, July 26, 2013. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

  • In this Sunday July 14, 2013 photo, actress Aubrey Plaza, left, and writer-director Maggie Carey pose for photos at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. Carey wrote and directed the film "The To Do List."  The comedy revolves around a Boise teenager named Brandy Klark, played by Plaza, a valedictorian of the Class of 1993, who creates a "to do" list of the things she missed out on in high school.  The film releases Friday, July 26, 2013. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

    In this Sunday July 14, 2013 photo, actress Aubrey Plaza, left, and writer-director Maggie Carey pose for photos at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. Carey wrote and directed the film "The To Do List." The comedy revolves around a Boise teenager named Brandy Klark, played by Plaza, a valedictorian of the Class of 1993, who creates a "to do" list of the things she missed out on in high school. The film releases Friday, July 26, 2013. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

  • This July 14, 2013 photo shows actress Aubrey Plaza, left, and writer-director Maggie Carey in Los Angeles. Carey wrote and directed the film "The To Do List."  The comedy revolves around a Boise teenager named Brandy Klark, played by Plaza, a valedictorian of the Class of 1993, who creates a "to do" list of the things she missed out on in high school.  The film releases Friday, July 26, 2013. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

    This July 14, 2013 photo shows actress Aubrey Plaza, left, and writer-director Maggie Carey in Los Angeles. Carey wrote and directed the film "The To Do List." The comedy revolves around a Boise teenager named Brandy Klark, played by Plaza, a valedictorian of the Class of 1993, who creates a "to do" list of the things she missed out on in high school. The film releases Friday, July 26, 2013. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

  • This film publicity image released by CBS Films shows Aubrey Plaza portraying Brandy Klark in a scene from "The To Do List." The film releases Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/CBS Films, Bonnie Osborne)

    This film publicity image released by CBS Films shows Aubrey Plaza portraying Brandy Klark in a scene from "The To Do List." The film releases Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/CBS Films, Bonnie Osborne)

  • This Sunday, July 14, 2013 photo shows Aubrey Plaza from the cast of "The To Do List" at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.  The comedy revolves around a Boise teenager named Brandy Klark, played by Plaza, a valedictorian of the Class of 1993, who creates a "to do" list of the things she missed out on in high school. The film releases Friday, July 26, 2013. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

    This Sunday, July 14, 2013 photo shows Aubrey Plaza from the cast of "The To Do List" at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. The comedy revolves around a Boise teenager named Brandy Klark, played by Plaza, a valedictorian of the Class of 1993, who creates a "to do" list of the things she missed out on in high school. The film releases Friday, July 26, 2013. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

  • This Sunday, July 14, 2013 photo shows from left, director/writer Maggie Carey, with cast members Clark Gregg, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Porter and Connie Britton from the film "The To Do List" at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.  The film releases on Friday, July 26, 2013. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
  • This Sunday, July 14, 2013 photo shows Aubrey Plaza from the cast of "The To Do List" at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.  The comedy revolves around a Boise teenager named Brandy Klark, played by Plaza, a valedictorian of the Class of 1993, who creates a "to do" list of the things she missed out on in high school. The film releases Friday, July 26, 2013. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
  • In this Sunday July 14, 2013 photo, actress Aubrey Plaza, left, and writer-director Maggie Carey pose for photos at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. Carey wrote and directed the film "The To Do List."  The comedy revolves around a Boise teenager named Brandy Klark, played by Plaza, a valedictorian of the Class of 1993, who creates a "to do" list of the things she missed out on in high school.  The film releases Friday, July 26, 2013. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
  • This July 14, 2013 photo shows actress Aubrey Plaza, left, and writer-director Maggie Carey in Los Angeles. Carey wrote and directed the film "The To Do List."  The comedy revolves around a Boise teenager named Brandy Klark, played by Plaza, a valedictorian of the Class of 1993, who creates a "to do" list of the things she missed out on in high school.  The film releases Friday, July 26, 2013. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
  • This film publicity image released by CBS Films shows Aubrey Plaza portraying Brandy Klark in a scene from "The To Do List." The film releases Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/CBS Films, Bonnie Osborne)
  • This Sunday, July 14, 2013 photo shows Aubrey Plaza from the cast of "The To Do List" at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.  The comedy revolves around a Boise teenager named Brandy Klark, played by Plaza, a valedictorian of the Class of 1993, who creates a "to do" list of the things she missed out on in high school. The film releases Friday, July 26, 2013. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

Aubrey Plaza had to overcome a few fears in the R-rated comedy The To Do List – including doing a number of hilariously awkward sex scenes. But the 29-year-old actress says she’s anything but brave.

“I’m fearful every day of my life. Every moment of life is full of fear,” the Parks and Recreation star said in her usual deadpan manner. “But you know when I was shooting this movie I had a lot of support and the cast was so funny . . . so I just kind of looked fear in the face.”

Plaza plays Brandy Klark, an overachieving high school graduate, in the coming-of-age comedy set in 1990s Boise, Idaho, who tries to complete a sexual to-do list before heading off to college.

“Looking back on it, I feel like the masturbating scene was a little bit the most nerve-racking. Just because in my head I thought, ‘Oh, we’ll probably shoot this in a way where I don’t really have to really do it.’ But then when we did it and I was like, ‘Oh no, we’re going to shoot it where I do it,’ ” Plaza said in a recent interview. “Also, when my top fell off and I was running around with all those kids. You know I’m a method actor, so I really was topless, and I think I scarred some of those kids for life. So that was more nerve-racking for them, but they deserved it.”

The film, which opens today, was written and directed by Maggie Carey, wife of actor Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live). They met in improv class at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and first worked together on Carey’s web series, The Jeannie Tate Show.

Plaza made headlines when she crashed the stage during Will Ferrell’s acceptance speech at the MTV Movie Awards in April. Although she had “#The To Do List” written on her chest, it’s unclear whether the stunt was planned.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about. I have no memory of yesterday,” Plaza said at the film’s premiere Tuesday. “I’m just in the moment at all times.”

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