Robert De Niro was “legitimately scared” of Aubrey Plaza during the filming of Dirty Grandpa.
The 31-year-old actress stars as Lenore in the comedy film. Her alter ego was particularly full on, and Aubrey admits she ended up leaving veteran actor De Niro terrified with her antics.
“The first half of the shooting process I heard from my agent who had spoken to his agent that he was like legitimately scared of me,” Plaza said during an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. “Like I think because in the movie I’m playing a 21-year-old, and I’ve got a wig, I’m all bronzed up and I’m acting like a drunk sl*t. And I’m not really like that in real life. Every time I was around him it would be just as we would start shooting and I was all over him – I think I really freaked him out!”
One scene in the film saw Plaza have to shoot a sex sequence with De Niro’s character Dick Kelly. The actress admits the prospect was an interesting one, with director Dan Mazer giving her tips on what to do during filming.
“It was a long day – they allotted an entire day for it – about a solid nine, 10 hours,” she added. “There was a lot of interesting stuff that went down. One thing in particular was the director who is British, Dan Mazer, who is awesome, and I loved him. We didn’t totally plan out the scene, we didn’t know how it was going to go down. So there were a lot of moments when Dan would call me over and he’d be like, ‘In the next take Aubrey, why don’t you suck on his nipples, try that’. And I’d be like… ‘You want me to… to his nipples?’
“Then I’d go and try to do it, I’d try to get in there and suck on his nipples and he was like batting me away and I didn’t know if it was in character or not because you never know with him. Then they cut the camera and Dan called me back over and he was like, ‘Bob does not like his nipples paid attention to, so don’t do that!’ ”