During her recent guest appearance on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, Aubrey Plaza displayed some classic (albeit rarely recognized) nonverbal behavior.
She was there promoting her most recent film, Ingrid Goes West - a movie in which she both acted and produced.
During 4:46 in the above video, just before the camera cut to the teaser segment, note that Ms. Plaza displays the following nonverbal cluster:
- Inward Lip Roll (partial)
- Thumb Twiddling
- Knee Pulling/Hamstring Dissonance
Thumb Twiddling is a common, nonspecific, anxiety indicator.
The display of "Knee Pulling" or its synonym implies, "Hamstring Dissonance" is a signal of conflicting emotions. It's as if to say, "I'm excited, but I'm nervous" - or "I want to show you, but don't want to show you". This is a very telling behavior, as it betrays conflicting emotions which are usually not indicated verbally.
Summary: Despite the fact that Ms. Plaza is a very accomplished actor, when "Aubrey is just being Aubrey", she's not nearly so skilled at projecting desired emotions - and her body language - in context.
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