The INSIDER Summary:
- Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen are starring in the Instagram stalker comedy “Ingrid Goes West.”
- The actresses told INSIDER they had little experience with the app before signing up for the movie.
- The director made a profile for Olsen to help her understand her role.
- “Ingrid Goes West” hits theaters Friday.
Elizabeth Olsen and Aubrey Plaza are starring in “Ingrid Goes West.” It’s a movie where Plaza plays a stalker who inserts herself into the life of Taylor Sloane, an Instagram influencer played by Olsen, by tracking her down with the app. And yes, it’s a comedy.
Though Instagram is central to the movie, both Olsen and Plaza weren’t too familiar with the app before filming it. Director Matt Spicer set up an account for Olsen to get a better understanding of how it works and how influencers operate.
“I had no experience,” Olsen told INSIDER. “Matt Spicer created a ‘Taylor Sloane’ profile. He gave me a list of 20-something influencer people to follow. And that’s how I began my relationship with Instagram.”
“We only had Instagram after we made the movie,” Plaza told INSIDER of the movie hitting theaters Friday. “I didn’t get involved with Instagram until January.”
Taylor Sloane is exactly who you imagine the stereotypical Instagram influencer would be like: She’s a photographer, lives in California, fills her house with beautiful craft objects, and takes more time photographing her avocado toast than eating it. Olsen said the character wasn’t based on any particular influencer Spicer had her follow on Instagram, but rather on an amalgamation of different people in her life.
Following those types of people on the app helped her understand the visual vocabulary of her character: taking in the sunsets, holding the phone at particular angles, and spending a lot of time at Joshua Tree.
“It was people from my personal life or people who I’ve heard about that are friends of friends,” she said. “I think I probably drew more on those types of people than the influencers.”
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