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Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress, comedian, and producer. She is 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 (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.
Plaza at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
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)|
Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress, comedian, and producer. She is 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 (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.
Plaza was born in Wilmington, Delaware, to Bernadette, an attorney, and David Plaza, a financial advisor. She has two younger sisters, Renee and Natalie.
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 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.
On February 23, 2019, Plaza will host the 34th Independent Spirit Awards.
|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|
|2012||Safety Not Guaranteed||Darius Britt|
|A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III||Marnie|
|2013||From Up on Poppy Hill||Sachiko Hirokouji||English dub|
|She Said, She Said||Woman in Park||Short film|
|The End of Love||Aubrey|
|The To Do List||Brandy Klark|
|Monsters University||Claire Wheeler||Voice|
|Center Jenny||Monika Nark|
|2014||Life After Beth||Beth Slocum|
|Playing It Cool||Mallory|
|Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever||Grumpy Cat||Voice|
|2015||Addicted to Fresno||Kelly|
|The Driftless Area||Jean|
|The Pistol Shrimps||Herself||Documentary|
|Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates||Tatiana|
|2017||Take My Nose... Please!||Herself||Documentary|
|The Little Hours||Fernanda||Also producer|
|Ingrid Goes West||Ingrid Thorburn||Also producer|
|2018||An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn||Lulu Danger|
|2019||The Ark and the Aardvark||Brain||Voice; in production|
|Child's Play||Karen Barclay||In post-production|
|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|
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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