Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for her role as April Ludgate on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. After appearing in supporting roles in several feature films, Plaza had her first leading role as Darius Britt in the 2012 film Safety Not Guaranteed. Since 2017, she has starred as Lenny Busker in the FX drama series Legion.
Plaza at the 2012 Time 100
Aubrey Christina Plaza
June 26, 1984 (age 34)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
|Alma mater||New York University|
|Occupation||Actress, comedian, producer|
|Partner(s)||Jeff Baena (2011–present)|
Plaza began her career performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She later appeared in films such as Mystery Team (2008), Funny People (2009), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Monsters University (2013), Life After Beth (2014), Dirty Grandpa (2016), Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), The Little Hours (2017), and Ingrid Goes West (2017), the latter two of which she also produced.
Early life and educationEdit
Plaza was named after the song "Aubrey" by Bread. Her father is Puerto Rican and her mother is of Irish–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."
Plaza graduated from Ursuline Academy, an all-girls Catholic school, in 2002, and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2006. In high school she was student council president and participated in productions with the Wilmington Drama League. During her second year of college in 2004, Plaza suffered a stroke that caused temporary paralysis and expressive aphasia. She has now fully recovered.
Plaza has had many internships, and worked as an NBC page. 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.
Plaza starred in the online series The Jeannie Tate Show, and starred as Robin Gibney in ESPN's Mayne Street. She appeared in the first episode of "Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz" on Funny or Die.
She played Seth Rogen's love interest, Daisy, in 2009's Funny People directed by Judd Apatow. She appeared in 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 played April Ludgate in Parks and Recreation from 2009 to 2015. For her performance as the deadpan employee, she received universal praise throughout the entire show, being referred to as one of the show's breakout characters.
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 appeared on 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. She also had a recurring role as "the Princess" in the comedic sci-fi web series Troopers on CollegeHumor.
In 2012, she was featured in Father John Misty's music video for the song "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" from the album Fear Fun and in 2014 she was in Cassorla's "Bona Fide" video where she also made her saxophone-playing debut.
In 2012 Plaza earned her first starring role in a major film, alongside Mark Duplass, in the comedy, Safety Not Guaranteed. Plaza played Darius, a jaded intern who answers a curious want ad "seeking a companion for a time traveling adventure". Her performance in the film was critically acclaimed, and Gary Thompson of The Philadelphia Inquirer questioned whether this role was out of her usual "pretty slacker" range but found her performance "compelling".
She starred in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates alongside Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine. The film was released on July 8, 2016. Her role as the rebellious Tatiana earned her critical praise.
She was a guest star on HarmonQuest in 2016, as a gnome named "Hawaiian Coffee".
She first played the role of Cat Adams in Season 11 of the CBS television show Criminal Minds. She returned to the role in Season 12.
Plaza has been dating writer and director Jeff Baena since 2011. They live together in Los Angeles, California and work together often. In a July 2016 interview with The Advocate, Plaza stated that she "[falls] in love with girls and guys".
|2006||30 Rock||NBC page||Episode: "Tracy Does Conan"|
|2009–2015||Parks and Recreation||April Ludgate||125 episodes|
Nominated—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)
|2011||Portlandia||Beth / Bookstore Customer||3 episodes|
|Food Network Star||Herself (guest judge)||Episode 9: "Comedy Roast"|
|2012||NTSF:SD:SUV::||The Rememberer||Episode: "Wasila Hills Cop"|
|2013–2014||The Legend of Korra||Eska (voice)||12 episodes|
|2013||Drunk History||Sacagawea||Episode: "Nashville"|
|Maron||Aubrey Plaza||Episode: "Jen Moves to L.A."|
|2014–2015||Welcome to Sweden||Aubrey Plaza||6 episodes|
|2015||Golan the Insatiable||Dylan Beekler (voice)||6 episodes|
|Castle||Lucy (voice)||4 episodes|
|2016||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nocturna (voice)||Episode: "Mall Girl Pearl"|
|Comedy Bang! Bang!||Lady Aubrey||Episode: "Aubrey Plaza Wears a Velvet Off-the-Shoulder Gown With Flowers in Her Hair"|
|RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars||Herself (guest judge)||Episode: "Family That Drags Together"|
|Drunk History||Aaron Burr||Episode: "Hamilton"|
|HarmonQuest||Hawaiian Coffee||Episode: "Manoa Prison Hole"|
|2016–2017||Criminal Minds||Cat Adams||3 episodes|
|2017–present||Legion||Lenny Busker||19 episodes|
|2017||Easy||Lindsay||Episode: "Package Thief"|
|2018||The Joker's Wild||Herself||3 episodes|
|2012||"Hollywood Cemetery Forever Sings"||Girl||Father John Misty|
|2013||"Rouse Yourself"||Girl||JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound|
|2014||"Bona Fide"||Woman In Boat||Cassorla|
- Plaza, Aubrey (March 1, 2012). "Aubrey Plaza Finally Confronts Her Multiple Personalities". Bullett Magazine.
- Olsen, Mark (August 3, 2009). "Aubrey Plaza: Funny person". Los Angeles Times. – interview lists her as 25
- Cormier, Ryan (January 15, 2010). "From Wilmy to Hollywood". Delaware Online. The News Journal.
- John Micklos Jr. (February 16, 2012). "Aubrey Plaza of NBC's Parks and Recreation: Wilmington Native Is Building a Buzz in Hollywood". Delaware Today.
- "Aubrey Plaza of NBC's Parks and Recreation: Wilmington Native Is Building a Buzz in Hollywood". Retrieved 2018-07-27.
- Lee Hernández (June 11, 2009). "This girl's no slouch". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
- Herrera, Monica (April 9, 2009). "Parks & Recreation star Aubrey Plaza explains why she's so hot right now". Latina.
- Mark Byrne, Todd Cole (2013-07-24). "The GQ Interview: Aubrey Plaza". GQ. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
- Letterman, David (August 31, 2011), interview – "Late Show with David Letterman"
- "Aubrey Plaza on the Job That Really Didn't Work Out". Elle. 2017-11-30. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
- "Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz from Eric Appel, Ben Schwartz, and Aubrey Plaza". Funnyordie.com. September 27, 2009. Archived from the original on January 1, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
- "Troopers Videos on Collegehumor". CollegeHumor. Retrieved 2018-07-08.
- "Watch Aubrey Plaza rip sax solos in Cassorla's 'Bona Fide' video". August Brown, The Baltimore Sun, January 7th, 2014. Retrieved February 27th, 2018.
- Thompson, Gary (June 15, 2012). "Aubrey Plaza shines in 'Safety Not Guaranteed'". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved July 6, 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.
- "You'll Never Guess Aubrey Plaza's Kinky On-Set Ritual!". In the Mixx. October 17, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
- Blake, Emily (September 17, 2014). "Aubrey Plaza will be the voice of Grumpy Cat in Lifetime movie". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
- "Alia Shawkat and Aubrey Plaza Are Drunk History's New Hamilton and Burr". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
- McNary, Dave (2017-02-08). "Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch to Star in Indie Comedy 'An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn'". Variety. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
- "Aubrey Plaza like you've never seen her before". New York Post. 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
- "Jeff Baena and Aubrey Plaza's Medieval Adventure". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2018-07-08.
- "The A-List Interview: Aubrey Plaza". 2016-07-07.
- Sneider, Jeff (October 5, 2011). "Aubrey Plaza joins cast of 'Charlie Swan'". Variety.
- Gallagher, Brian (April 15, 2013). "Monsters University Fraternity and Sorority Gallery". Movieweb.com.
- McNary, Dave; Setoodeth, Ramin (January 24, 2014). "Sundance: Aubrey Plaza's 'Life After Beth' Picked Up by A24, DirecTV". Variety. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- Highfill, Samantha (April 15, 2014). "Tribeca: Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield bond in 'About Alex'". Entertainment Weekly. Inside Movies (blog). Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- McNary, Dave (March 13, 2014). "Aubrey Plaza Joins Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle'". Variety. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- Sneider, Jeff (October 2, 2012). "Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza eye 'Splintered Thing'". Variety. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- Tartaglione, Nancy (April 26, 2016). "Jeff Baena's 'The Little Hours' Acquired By Concourse; Alison Brie, Dave Franco Star – Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
- McNary, Dave (2017-09-14). "Aubrey Plaza, Jenny Slate Join Miles Teller's 'Ark and the Aardvark' Animated Movie". Variety. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
- "Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry join 'Child's Play' reboot". EW.com. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
- Father John Misty (January 26, 2012). "Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings [OFFICIAL VIDEO]". Youtube.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
- JCBrooksVEVO (June 21, 2013). "Rouse Yourself". JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. Retrieved March 7, 2015.