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Aubrey Plaza says Happiest Season was impacted by virus: COVID-19 was on our set – USA TODAY

Aubrey Plaza says COVID-19 impacted the set of “Happiest Season,” the buzzed-about Hulu holiday movie that is the first same-sex Christmas rom-com produced by a major studio.

During an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Thursday, Plaza, 36, said the film was shot in Pittsburgh in February.

“COVID-19 was on our set, Kristen got sick. We didn’t know,” she said. “A lot of people got sick. It was the last week of February. It was that zone where people were starting to talk about coronavirus, but people were kind of laughing about it — no one understood how serious it was.”

She continued, “I think a bunch of people on our set got sick. I didn’t, thank God,”

USA TODAY has reached out to reps for Stewart and the film for comment.

She also recalled a conversation she had with one of the transportation crew members when she was leaving the set for the airport on February 29.

“I said to one of the transpo guys, ‘Do you think I should be worried about this virus thing? What’s going on with this thing?’ ” she recalled. “And he went, ‘It’s already here… That (expletive) has been in Pittsburgh for a long time.’ …And he was right.”

Plaza also recalled going out to bars in the city with some of her co-stars, including Dan Levy.

“We shot in an amazing bar in the movie, there’s like a drag show scene. But the weekend before we shot that scene, I dragged Dan Levy out to one of the best bars I’ve ever been to,” she said. “Man, that was a fun time.”

In “Happiest Season,” (streaming on Hulu), Kristen Stewart plays the patient and considerate Abby, whose girlfriend, Harper (Mackenzie Davis), invites her to her family’s house for Christmas. But it’s only in the car ride over that Harper reveals she hasn’t actually come out as gay to her conservative parents (Victor Garber and Mary Steenburgen).

Plaza plays Riley, Harper’s ex-girlfriend who befriends Abby during her challenging time with Harper’s family.

Contributing: Patrick Ryan

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