Audrey Plaza is watching her movie like the critics of her latest movie Emily the Criminal It’s subverting the horror genre.
White Lotus Actress, will host Saturday Night Live January 21, by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon , to promote her new movie and her appearance on the NBC sketch comedy show.
As the host and actress discussed her latest film, Fallon talked about how critics found the Plaza-dominated film didn’t have any guns, unlike the big-screen genre. The grain contradicts its decision.
“I thought the movie was cool and weird because most thrillers immediately introduce guns,” Emily the Criminal said the actress.
In the movie, Plaza plays Emily, a woman struggling to pay off her student loans because her felony conviction prevents her from finding a well-paying job. She was drawn further into the fraud industry when a friend introduced her to a “virtual shopper” service – which was actually a credit card fraud ring – that could help her make a quick buck. Plaza’s character faces several physical confrontations, and is seen using a box knife and a taser, but never a gun.
Fallon noted that the lack of guns wasn’t something he noticed immediately, but after seeing the film and reading critics’ responses.
“I think it’s kind of an unconscious thing that makes viewers watch that movie and not even realize, ‘Oh, there’s no guns,'” Plaza responded. “But I think it actually creates more anxiety because you think, ‘How is she going to take these guys down without a weapon like that?'”
For the actress, the absence of guns in the film was ultimately something she appreciated. “I’m proud of it because I don’t think you need a gun,” she told Fallon. “We don’t need guns.”
You can watch her full interview on the Tonight Show below.