Aubrey Plaza Wikipedia

Aubrey Plaza
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Plaza at the 2012 Time 100
Birth nameAubrey Christina Plaza
Born(1984-06-26) June 26, 1984 (age 30)

Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film, improv
Years active2004–present
Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress and comedian who has gained popularity with her deadpan-style comedy. She portrays April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation. After appearing in key supporting roles in several films, Plaza had her first leading role in the 2012 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed.

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 Funny People and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.


    Early life

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

    Plaza was named after the song "Aubrey" by Bread. Her father is Puerto Rican and her mother is of Irish and English descent. 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." She participated in productions with the Wilmington Drama League.

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


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

    Plaza 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.

    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".

    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.

    At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in January 2014, Plaza's film, Life After Beth, which was written and directed by her boyfriend Jeff Baena, premiered.

    Personal life

    As of January 2014, Plaza was dating writer/director Jeff Baena.



    2006KillswitchGirl with Head WoundShort film
    2006In LoveJulieShort film
    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

    Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance

    Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Performance

    Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
    2012A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan IIIMarnie
    201210 YearsOlivia
    2013From Up on Poppy HillSachiko Hirokouji (voice)English dub
    2013She Said, She SaidWoman in ParkShort film
    2013FailureWomanShort film
    2013The To Do ListBrandy
    2013Charlie CountrymanEx-Girlfriend
    2013Monsters UniversityClaire Wheeler (voice)
    2014Life After BethBeth Slocum
    2014About AlexSarah
    2014A Many Splintered Thing
    2014Ned RifleSusan


    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 KorraEska (voice)10 episodes
    2013Drunk HistorySacagaweaEpisode: "Nashville"
    2014Welcome to SwedenHerself5 episodes


    2007Jeannie Tate Show, TheThe Jeannie Tate ShowTina Tate6 episodes
    2008Keith Powell Directs a PlayStephanie4 episodes
    2008Mayne StreetRobin Gibney6 episodes
    2013Daria: The MovieDariaShort film
    2013Getting Doug with HighHerselfEpisode: #8

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