Aubrey Plaza

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Aubrey Plaza
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Plaza at the 2012 Time 100
Born
Aubrey Christina Plaza

June 26, 1984 (age 34)
Alma materNew York University
OccupationActress, comedian, producer
Years active2006–present
Partner(s)Jeff Baena (2011–present)

Aubrey Christina Plaza[1] (born June 26, 1984)[2] 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 began her career performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She later appeared in films such as Mystery Team (2009), 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 education[edit]

Plaza was born in Wilmington, Delaware, to Bernadette, an attorney, and David Plaza, a financial advisor.[3] She has two younger sisters, Renee and Natalie.[4]

Plaza was named after the song "Aubrey" by Bread.[5] Her father is Puerto Rican and her mother is of IrishEnglish descent.[6] 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."[7]

Plaza graduated from Ursuline Academy, an all-girls Catholic school, in 2002, and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2006.[5] In high school she was student council president and participated in productions with the Wilmington Drama League.[5][8] 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.[5][9]

Career[edit]

Plaza has had many internships, and worked as an NBC page.[10] 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.[11]

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.

Plaza in 2010

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.[12]

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.[13]

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".[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

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".

In 2016, she portrayed Aaron Burr in the "Hamilton" episode of Drunk History.[17]

In 2017, it was announced that Plaza would star in indie comedy An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn.[18]

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 starring as Lenny Busker in the FX series Legion since 2017.[19]

In September 2018, it was announced that Plaza has been cast as Karen Barclay in the 2019 remake of the 1988 horror film Child's Play.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Plaza has been dating writer and director Jeff Baena since 2011.[21] They live together in Los Angeles, California and work together often.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes Refs
2006 Killswitch Girl with Head Wound Short film
In Love Julie Short film
2009 Mystery Team Kelly Peters
Funny People Daisy Danby
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Julie Powers
2011 Damsels in Distress Debbie
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Jeanine Breemer
10 Years Olivia
2012 Safety Not Guaranteed Darius Britt
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Marnie [23]
2013 From Up on Poppy Hill Sachiko Hirokouji English dub
She Said, She Said Woman in Park Short film
Failure Woman Short film
The End of Love Aubrey
The To Do List Brandy Klark
Charlie Countryman Ashley
Monsters University Claire Wheeler Voice [24]
Center Jenny Monika Nark
2014 Life After Beth Beth Slocum [25]
About Alex Sarah [26]
Ned Rifle Susan [27]
Playing It Cool Mallory [28]
Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever Grumpy Cat Voice
2015 Addicted to Fresno Kelly
The Driftless Area Jean
2016 Dirty Grandpa Lenore
Joshy Jen
The Pistol Shrimps Herself Documentary
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Tatiana
2017 The Little Hours Fernanda Also producer [29]
Ingrid Goes West Ingrid Thorburn Also producer
2018 An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn Lulu Danger
2019 Child's Play Karen Barclay Post-production [30]
TBA The Ark and the Aardvark Brain Voice [31]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 30 Rock NBC page Episode: "Tracy Does Conan"
20092015 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"
20132014 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"
HarmonQuest Hawaiian Coffee Episode: "Manoa Prison Hole"
Great Minds with Dan Harmon Mary Wollstonecraft Episode: "Mary Wollstonecraft"
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Herself (guest judge) Episode: "Family That Drags Together"
Drunk History Aaron Burr Episode: "Hamilton"
2016–2017 Criminal Minds Cat Adams 3 episodes
2017–present Legion Lenny Busker 19 episodes

Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Villain (2018)
Nominated—Imagen Award for Best Actress—Television (2018)

2017 Easy Lindsay Episode: "Package Thief"
2018 The Joker's Wild Herself 3 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Artist(s)
2012 "Hollywood Cemetery Forever Sings" Girl Father John Misty[32]
2013 "Rouse Yourself" Girl JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound[33]
2014 "Bona Fide" Woman In Boat Cassorla[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Plaza, Aubrey (March 1, 2012). "Aubrey Plaza Finally Confronts Her Multiple Personalities". Bullett Magazine.
  2. ^ Olsen, Mark (August 3, 2009). "Aubrey Plaza: Funny person". Los Angeles Times. – interview lists her as 25
  3. ^ Cormier, Ryan (January 15, 2010). "From Wilmy to Hollywood". Delaware Online. The News Journal.
  4. ^ John Micklos Jr. (February 16, 2012). "Aubrey Plaza of NBC's Parks and Recreation: Wilmington Native Is Building a Buzz in Hollywood". Delaware Today.
  5. ^ a b c d "Aubrey Plaza of NBC's Parks and Recreation: Wilmington Native Is Building a Buzz in Hollywood". Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  6. ^ Lee Hernández (June 11, 2009). "This girl's no slouch". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
  7. ^ Herrera, Monica (April 9, 2009). "Parks & Recreation star Aubrey Plaza explains why she's so hot right now". Latina.
  8. ^ Mark Byrne,Todd Cole (2013-07-24). "The GQ Interview: Aubrey Plaza". GQ. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  9. ^ Letterman, David (August 31, 2011), interview – "Late Show with David Letterman"
  10. ^ "Aubrey Plaza on the Job That Really Didn't Work Out". Elle. 2017-11-30. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "Troopers Videos on Collegehumor". CollegeHumor. Retrieved 2018-07-08.
  13. ^ a b "Watch Aubrey Plaza rip sax solos in Cassorla's 'Bona Fide' video". August Brown, The Baltimore Sun, January 7th, 2014. Retrieved February 27th, 2018.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "You'll Never Guess Aubrey Plaza's Kinky On-Set Ritual!". In the Mixx. October 17, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  16. ^ Blake, Emily (September 17, 2014). "Aubrey Plaza will be the voice of Grumpy Cat in Lifetime movie". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  17. ^ "Alia Shawkat and Aubrey Plaza Are Drunk History's New Hamilton and Burr". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza Join FX's X-Men Pilot Legion | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  20. ^ "Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry join 'Child's Play' reboot". EW.com. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  21. ^ "Aubrey Plaza like you've never seen her before". New York Post. 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  22. ^ "Jeff Baena and Aubrey Plaza's Medieval Adventure". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2018-07-08.
  23. ^ Sneider, Jeff (October 5, 2011). "Aubrey Plaza joins cast of 'Charlie Swan'". Variety.
  24. ^ Gallagher, Brian (April 15, 2013). "Monsters University Fraternity and Sorority Gallery". Movieweb.com.
  25. ^ McNary, Dave; Setoodeth, Ramin (January 24, 2014). "Sundance: Aubrey Plaza's 'Life After Beth' Picked Up by A24, DirecTV". Variety. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  26. ^ Highfill, Samantha (April 15, 2014). "Tribeca: Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield bond in 'About Alex'". Entertainment Weekly. Inside Movies (blog). Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  27. ^ McNary, Dave (March 13, 2014). "Aubrey Plaza Joins Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle'". Variety. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  28. ^ Sneider, Jeff (October 2, 2012). "Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza eye 'Splintered Thing'". Variety. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  29. ^ 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.
  30. ^ "Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry join 'Child's Play' reboot". EW.com. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  31. ^ McNary, Dave (2017-09-14). "Aubrey Plaza, Jenny Slate Join Miles Teller's 'Ark and the Aardvark' Animated Movie". Variety. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  32. ^ Father John Misty (January 26, 2012). "Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings [OFFICIAL VIDEO]". Youtube.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  33. ^ JCBrooksVEVO (June 21, 2013). "Rouse Yourself". JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. Retrieved March 7, 2015.

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