How Elizabeth Olsen Loses Control (in a Good Way) with Aubrey Plaza in Ingrid Goes West

Elizabeth Olsen and Aubrey Plaza from Ingrid Goes West
Elizabeth Olsen and Aubrey Plaza from Ingrid Goes West

If Elizabeth Olsen had to use social media speak to sum up her experience in the dark comedy “Ingrid Goes West,” it would be #UhOh.

That’s because director Matt Spicer called on the actress to leave her comfort zone and engage in on-set improvising with costar Aubrey Plaza.

“I was definitely nervous,” she tells Made in Hollywood. “I like a really controlled environment.”

But as she got into her character of social media influencer Taylor Sloane, who becomes the object of obsession by recent mental ward patient Ingrid Thorburn (Plaza), Olsen found that boundaries were made to be broken.

“It felt really funny and comfortable to just riff off Aubrey, not knowing if Aubrey was going to be Ingrid or Aubrey was going to be Aubrey,” she says.

“Ingrid Goes West” was a break-out hit at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it nabbed the screenwriting award for Spicer and David Branson Smith for its commentary on the fixation and artifices of social media.

“There’s a fine line between admiration and obsession,” notes Plaza. “It’s easy to cross over to the dark side when nothing is real, it’s all just brainwaves and cyber-waves, man, just surfing life trying to catch a wave.”