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At the American Film Institute Fest 2012, which took place in Hollywood actresses Aubrey Plaza, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Bella Heathcote sat down at the screening of Life Of Pi to answer some questions about their acting careers.
The Los Angeles Times hosted the roundtable, which kicked off with Plaza joking, “I just feel like…I have my period and I want to talk about it” after reporter Amy Kaufman noted it was a “ladies night.”
The interview started with each actress sharing her first “Hollywood moment.” Winstead recalled when she was 14-years-old and visited the set of Boy Meets World. Heathcote recalls a time that she was both hit on and insulted by actor Dustin Hoffman.
Plaza described two “Hollywood moments.” The first was attending the premiere of Funny People. The second was dancing close to Tom Cruise at an Emmy party. In her mind she said that that was proof she had made it.
Later on in the interview, Plaza explained that when she was broke and living in Queens she worked doing commercials for Popeyes. Even though it does not seem like the most glamorous gig in the entertainment business, she saw herself doing this for a career.
“I remember a moment where I was eating a bunch of butterfly shrimp and getting paid a lot of money to do that" Plaza described about the Popeyes gig. “I was living in Queens and I had no money, and I remember thinking, ‘I think I could do this. I’ll just do stuff like this.’”
The young comedian certainly isn’t struggling now, as she starred in the critically-acclaimed indie flick Safety Not Guaranteed and stars in the sitcom Parks and Recreations. She has also nabbed a modeling gig for Gap, according to New York Magazine.
However, if you haven’t seen the Popeyes commercial click play below and enjoy the early days in comedian’s career.