Aubrey Plaza has made a name for herself as the comedic monotone actress with the deadpan dialogue and affinity for everything geeky. She is best known for her regular appearances as April Ludgate on NBCs Parks and Recreation, but Plaza also has both a film and stand-up comedy background to boot.
She was born Aubrey Christina Plaza on June 26, 1984 in Wilmington, Delaware to an Irish attorney mother and a Puerto Rican financier father. Aubrey has two younger sisters who provide inspiration to her youthful characters.
Plaza attended Ursuline Academy, a private school in her hometown until 2002. She then went onto New York University through 2006.
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An interesting fact about Plazas popular deadpan speech is that despite having a stroke in 2004, which resulted in temporary loss of expression called expressive aphasia, she actually found inspiration for the her role on Parks and Recreation as the bitter employee of few words from her younger sister, Natalie, more than from her actual paralysis.
After NYU, Plaza held several internships while maintaining her hopeful hobby of stand-up since 2004. Her internships included a foreshadowing role as a page for NBC, along with a few jobs unrelated to the television industry. She began doing improv and sketch comedy in 2004 at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, a popular improvisational theater with locations in both Hollywood and New York. She also performs stand-up in other Los Angeles venues, the Laugh Factory and the Improv.
Plaza began doing small roles in 2008, beginning with The Jeannie Tate Show, ESPNs Mayne Street and skits on Funny or Die. In 2009, she caught her first blockbuster film role in Judd Apatows dark comedy, Funny People, featuring Adam Sandler and playing across from Seth Rogen and Jason Schwartzman. That same year she appeared in the young adult comedy Scott Pilgrim film and Derrick Comedys Mystery Team.
In 2010, Plaza landed her recurring television role on NBCs Parks and Recreation, married to Chris Pratts character, along with other comedic big names like Amy Poehler, Adam Scott and Aziz Ansari. The show is slated to run through mid-2013.
Plaza participated in 2010s Celebrity Tweetathon for Haiti alongside Ben Stiller and other celebrity, comedic types at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater to raise money for the disaster in Haiti.
The young actress/comedian also starred in Damsels in Distress in 2011, did a spot on Fred Armisens Portlandia, as well as a small role in Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, a film based off of a young adult novel written by Peter Cameron.
In 2012, she made her music video debuted in the folk band, Father John Mistys single Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings. Also that year, Plaza scored her first leading role in a major motion picture Safety Not Guaranteed, costarring The Leagues Mark Duplass as the familiar role of a deadpan intern who seeks out a time traveling inventor for her job at a magazine.