Aubrey Plaza

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Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Plaza 2012 Shankbone.JPG
Plaza at the 2012 Time 100
Birth nameAubrey Christina Plaza
Born(1984-06-26) June 26, 1984 (age 29)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film, improv
Years active2004–present
Notable works and rolesApril Ludgate in Parks and Recreation
Daisy Danby in Funny People
Julie Powers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Darius Britt in Safety Not Guaranteed'
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Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Plaza 2012 Shankbone.JPG
Plaza at the 2012 Time 100
Birth nameAubrey Christina Plaza
Born(1984-06-26) June 26, 1984 (age 29)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film, improv
Years active2004–present
Notable works and rolesApril Ludgate in Parks and Recreation
Daisy Danby in Funny People
Julie Powers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Darius Britt in Safety Not Guaranteed'

Aubrey Christina Plaza[1] (born June 26, 1984)[2] is an American actress and comedian who has gained popularity with her deadpan-style comedy. She is a cast member on Parks and Recreation portraying the role of April Ludgate, and after appearing in key supporting roles in several movies, played her first leading role in a major film, starring alongside Mark Duplass in the comedy Safety Not Guaranteed in 2012.

Plaza began her career as an intern. After performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, she appeared in the Web series The Jeannie Tate Show. She later appeared in films such as Judd Apatow's Funny People and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Early life[edit]

Plaza was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the daughter of Bernadette, an attorney, and David Plaza, a financial advisor.[3][4][5] She has two younger sisters, Renee and Natalie,[3] the latter of whom she uses as inspiration for her character April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation.[6]

Plaza was named after the song "Aubrey" by Bread.[3][7] Her father is Puerto Rican and her mother is of Irish and English descent.[3][8] Plaza has stated: "I was like the only diverse kid in my high school, and I'm half-Puerto Rican. But yeah, I have a huge family and tons of cousins in Puerto Rico."[6] She participated in productions with the Wilmington Drama League.[3]

Plaza graduated from Ursuline Academy in 2002, and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2006.[3] While at NYU in 2004, Plaza suffered a stroke that caused temporary paralysis and expressive aphasia, but she has fully recovered.[3][9]


Plaza has said that she has had many internships and that she "was an intern for Samba Post-Its." One of her jobs was to "literally wallpaper a bathroom with Post-Its." She also worked as an NBC page. She served as a director's assistant to writer/producer/director Bennett Davlin during the making of his award winning short, TC3.

She has performed improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater since 2004. She also performed stand-up and has appeared at the Laugh Factory and The Improv. In 2008, she participated in the Improv Everywhere prank "Mobile Desktop", in which she and two other people brought desktop PCs, including a CRT monitor, tower computer, keyboard and mouse into a Starbucks and used them as people use laptops there.

Plaza starred in the online series The Jeannie Tate Show, and stars as Robin Gibney in ESPN's Mayne Street. She also appeared in the first episode of "Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz" on Funny or Die.[10]

Plaza at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010

She played Seth Rogen's love interest, Daisy, in 2009's Funny People directed by Judd Apatow. She also had roles in the comedy films Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Derrick Comedy's Mystery Team, which debuted at 2009 Sundance. She appeared in a CollegeHumor short alongside Jason Bateman and Will Arnett.

She plays April Ludgate, the deadpan employee in Parks and Recreation, and has a recurring role as "the Princess" in the comedic sci-fi web series Troopers on CollegeHumor.

On March 12, 2010, Plaza performed at A Night of 140 Tweets: A Celebrity Tweetathon for Haiti, produced by Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Ben Stiller, and Mike Rosenstein, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. In 2011, she made a guest appearance in Portlandia. Plaza appeared as a guest judge during a roast segment on The Next Food Network Star in 2011. She appeared in Episode 199 of the WTF with Marc Maron podcast.

In early 2012, she was featured in Father John Misty's music video for the song "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" from the album Fear Fun.

In the summer of 2012, Plaza earned her first starring role in a major film, alongside Mark Duplass, in the comedy, Safety Not Guaranteed. In the film, Plaza plays Darius, a jaded intern who answers a curious want ad "seeking a companion for a time travelling adventure". Her performance in the film was critically acclaimed, and Gary Thompson of the Philadelphia Inquirer questions whether this role is out of her usual "pretty slacker" range but finds her performance "compelling".[11]

At the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, Plaza "jumped onstage and tried to wrestle the (Golden Popcorn Award) statue from Will Ferrell's hand" during his acceptance speech; Ferrell integrated the interaction into his monologue as a planned moment, but the unscripted interruption led to Plaza's ejection from the event.[12]



List of film performances
2006KillswitchGirl with massive head woundShort
2006In LoveJulieShort
2009Mystery TeamKelly
2009Funny PeopleDaisy Danby
2010Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldJulie Powers
2011Damsels in DistressDebbie
2011Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to YouReal Estate Agent
2012Safety Not GuaranteedDarius BrittALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actress Comedy/Musical[13]
Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance[14]
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress[15]
Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Performance[16]
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress[17]
2012A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan IIIMarnie[18]
201210 YearsOlivia
2013From Up on Poppy HillSachiko HirokoujiEnglish dub
2013The To Do ListBrandy
2013Monsters UniversityClaire Wheeler[19]Voice
2014Life After BethBeth Slocum
2014A Many Splintered ThingCompleted
2014About AlexSarahPost-Production


List of television performances
200630 RockNBC pageEpisode: "Tracy Does Conan"
2009–presentParks and RecreationApril LudgateNominated—ALMA Award for Favorite TV Actress - Supporting Role (2011)
Nominated—ALMA Award for Favorite TV Actress - Leading Role In A Comedy (2012)
Nominated—Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress - Television (2010, 2012, 2013)
2011PortlandiaBeth/Bookstore Customer2 episodes
2012NTSF:SD:SUV::The RemembererEpisode: "Wasila Hills Cop"
2013The Legend of KorraEskaVoice
10 episodes
2013Drunk HistorySacagaweaEpisode: "Nashville"


List of performances on the World Wide Web
2007Jeannie Tate Show, TheThe Jeannie Tate ShowTina Tate
2008Keith Powell Directs a PlayStephanie4 episodes
2008Mayne StreetRobin Gibney6 episodes
2013Daria: The Movie[20]DariaTrailer only


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  2. ^ Olsen, Mark (2009-08-03). "Aubrey Plaza: Funny person". Los Angeles Times.  - interview lists her as 25
  3. ^ a b c d e f g John Micklos Jr. (2012-02-16). "Aubrey Plaza of NBC’s Parks and Recreation: Wilmington Native Is Building a Buzz in Hollywood". Delaware Today. 
  4. ^ Cormier, Ryan (2010-01-15). "From Wilmy to Hollywood". Delaware Online. The News Journal. 
  5. ^ Cormier, Ryan (2010-01-17). "Hey, aren't you that funny girl?". The News Journal. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  6. ^ a b Herrera, Monica (2009-04-09). "Parks & Recreation star Aubrey Plaza explains why she's so hot right now". Latina. 
  7. ^ "Tracklist: Aubrey Plaza Rocks the Boat - BlackBook". 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  8. ^ Lee Hernández (2009-06-11). "This girl's no slouch". Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  9. ^ Letterman, David (2011-08-31). (Interview). Late Show with David Letterman.
  10. ^ "Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz from Eric Appel, Ben Schwartz, and Aubrey Plaza". Archived from the original on 1 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  11. ^ Thompson, Gary. "Aubrey Plaza shines in ‘Safety Not Guaranteed'". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 6 July 2012. "It's too early to say if Plaza's an actress, since no one's asked her to do anything other than be the pretty slacker with the bored posture and world- weary intonation . But she has an unusual kind of beauty (anglo-Irish, Latina) that the camera loves to explore, and when she does make the hyperspace jump to sincerity and initiative, the results are compelling." 
  12. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (April 14, 2013). "Aubrey Plaza asked to leave MTV Movie Awards after Will Ferrell stage crash". MTV News. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ "ALMA Awards 2012: Winners And Show Highlights (VIDEO, PHOTOS)". 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  14. ^ "Parks & Recreations Star Aubrey Plaza Hilariously Disses Old People At Young Hollywood Awards". 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  15. ^ "BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD top Chlotrudis list with Seven Nominations Including Best Movie and Best Director!". 2013-01-20. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  16. ^ "Gotham Awards: 'Beasts' snubbed for best picture, Mark Duplass double-dips as noms unveiled". Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  17. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (2012-12-11). "Django Unchained lands eight St. Louis film critics nods". Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  18. ^ Sneider, Jeff (2011-10-05). "Aubrey Plaza joins cast of 'Charlie Swan'". Variety. 
  19. ^ Gallagher, Brian (April 15, 2013). "Monsters University Fraternity and Sorority Gallery". 
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