Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American comedian and actress. She portrayed April Ludgate on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. After appearing in supporting roles in several films, Plaza had her first leading role in the 2012 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed. Plaza currently stars as Lenny Busker in the FX series Legion.
Plaza at the 2012 Time 100
|Birth name||Aubrey Christina Plaza|
June 26, 1984 |
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Alma mater||Tisch School of the Arts|
|Genres||Deadpan comedy, improvisational comedy|
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 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).
Early life and educationEdit
Plaza was born in Wilmington, Delaware, to Bernadette, an attorney, and David Plaza, a financial advisor. She has two younger sisters, Renee and Natalie; the latter has inspired a number of Aubrey's comedic characters.
Plaza was named after the song "Aubrey" by Bread. Her father is Puerto Rican and her mother is of Irish–English descent. She was raised Roman Catholic. 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 attended an all-girls Catholic school from grades 4-12. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in 2002, and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2006. In high school she was student council president. In 2002, Plaza won the Lions Club Wilmington Teen of the Year. During her second year of college in 2004, Plaza suffered a stroke that caused temporary paralysis and expressive aphasia. Since then she has fully recovered.
Plaza has had many internships, including an "intern[ship] for Samba Post-Its"; one day, her job at Samba Post-Its 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 film, TC3.
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 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. 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. She also 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 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.
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 travelling 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".
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.
On September 17, 2014, Lifetime Network announced that Plaza would do the speaking voice of Grumpy Cat in their upcoming original movie Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever. The film premiered on November 29, 2014, and received generally negative reviews.
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, an animated Pathfinder show that enlists a new star guest each episode and then usually kills off their guest in the end. She played a gnome named "Hawaiian Coffee" who helps the heroes escape from jails using magic, alchemy, and even bomb potions.
She also first played the role of Catherine "Cat" Adams in Season 11 of the CBS television show Criminal Minds. She returned to the role in Season 12.
Plaza dated fellow actor Michael Cera for a year and a half after the two met on the set of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. She said that in 2010, the two nearly got married in Las Vegas. Plaza has been dating writer and director Jeff Baena since 2011. They live together and work together often.
Plaza was a founding member of the Los Angeles-based basketball team the Pistol Shrimps, alongside actresses Molly Hawkey and Angela Trimbur. After a torn ACL, she joined rival team The Spice Sqirls.
|2006||Killswitch||Girl with Head Wound||Short film|
|2006||In Love||Julie||Short film|
|2009||Mystery Team||Kelly Peters|
|2009||Funny People||Daisy Danby|
|2010||Pete Carroll's Trip to Seattle Delayed||Herself|
|2010||Scott Pilgrim vs. the World||Julie Powers|
|2011||Damsels in Distress||Debbie|
|2011||Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You||Real Estate Agent|
|2012||Safety Not Guaranteed||Darius Britt|
|2012||A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III||Marnie|||
|2013||From Up on Poppy Hill||Sachiko Hirokouji||English dub|
|2013||She Said, She Said||Woman in Park||Short film|
|2013||The End of Love||Herself|
|2013||The To Do List||Brandy Klark|
|2013||Monsters University||Claire Wheeler||Voice|||
|2013||Center Jenny||Monika Nark|
|2014||Life After Beth||Beth Slocum|||
|2014||Playing It Cool||Mallory|||
|2014||Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever||Voice of Grumpy Cat|
|2015||Addicted to Fresno||Kelly|
|2015||The Driftless Area||Jean|
|2016||The Pistol Shrimps||Herself||Documentary|
|2016||Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates||Tatiana|
|2017||The Little Hours||Fernanda||Also producer|||
|2017||Ingrid Goes West||Ingrid Thorburn||Also producer|
|2018||An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn||Lulu Danger|
|TBA||The Ark and the Aardvark||Brain the Spider||Voice; in production|
|2006||30 Rock||NBC page||Episode: "Tracy Does Conan"|
|2009–2015||Parks and Recreation||April Ludgate||124 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||2 episodes|
|2011||Food Network Star||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"|
|2013||Maron||Aubrey Plaza||Episode: "Jen Moves to L.A."|
|2014–2015||Welcome to Sweden||Herself||6 episodes|
|2014||Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever||Grumpy Cat (voice)||Television film|
|2015||Golan the Insatiable||Dylan Beekler (voice)||6 episodes|
|2016||SpongeBob SquarePants||Nocturna (voice)||Episode: "Mall Girl Pearl"|
|2016–2017||Criminal Minds||Cat Adams||3 episodes|
|2016||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Lady Aubrey||Episode: "Aubrey Plaza Wears a Velvet Off-the-Shoulder Gown With Flowers in Her Hair"|
|2016||RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars||Herself (guest judge)||Episode: "Family That Drags Together"|
|2016||Drunk History||Aaron Burr||Episode: "Hamilton"|
|2016||HarmonQuest||Hawaiian Coffee||Episode: "Manoa Prison Hole"|
|2017–present||Legion||Lenny Busker||13 episodes|
|2017||Easy||Lindsay||Episode: "Package Thief"|
|2018||The Joker's Wild||Herself (cameo)||Episode: "Straight Outta TBS"|
|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 |
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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.
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- Lebron, Steven (September 26, 2014). "Meet the Pistol Shrimps, the Hottest Pickup Basketball Team in America". GQ. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
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- 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.
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- "Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza & Jean Smart Cast in FX Networks' Pilot for 'Legion'". Marvel.com. February 4, 2016. Archived from the original on October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
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