Aubrey Plaza has teased fans with a potential sequel to Happiest Season, a lesbian romantic comedy drama released in 2020.
The Clea DuVall-directed film follows the story of Abby (Kristen Stewart) and Harper (Mackenzie Davis), a lesbian couple who attend the latter’s annual Christmas festivities.
Upon arrival, Abby discovers that Harper hasn’t come out to her conservative parents (Mary Steenburgen and Victor Garber), as well as her dysfunctional sisters (Alison Brie and Mary Holland).
Plaza co-stars as Riley, Harper’s ex-girlfriend who grows close to Abby in her moment of need.
However, fans came out in droves on social media to protest that by the time the credits rolled, Abby should’ve ended up with Riley instead of Harper.
Plaza seems to agree, as, in a TikTok video that appears to be from a book signing for her new children’s book The Legend of the Christmas Witch, she declares that there will be “another one”.
“There’s going to be another one,” she tells fans as she signs a book dressed as a witch. “Um, yeah! Because my character deserves love too.”
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Although it isn’t clear if Plaza was joking, she has expressed that she would have liked to see a different ending to the movie, which could be the basis of her returning to a sequel or spinoff for her character.
In an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Plaza was asked if she has a “message for the fans” who share that opinion.
She replied: “I wanted it too. I’m not gonna lie. I wanted it too. I wanted it very badly, but I didn’t write the thing, and I didn’t direct the thing. I just showed up, did my job and got out of there.”
Plaza continued to say that she’s “not giving up hope for Riley,” adding: “I think that she’s got a bright future ahead.”
DuVall also addressed the backlash during a discussion with Elle.
“Aubrey Plaza is amazing. She’s such a babe. I don’t blame anyone for wanting to see more of her, but I think the debate is less about the film and more about your philosophy on forgiveness and growth,” she said.
“You don’t go through a hard couple of days after a long period of time, meet a stranger, and cut and run. Even if that person is Aubrey Plaza.”