Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June 26: Aubrey Plaza - April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation” – is 28-years-old today.

Aubrey Christina Plaza was born in Wilmington, Delaware. She has two younger sisters, Renee and Natalie, the latter of whom she uses as inspiration for her character April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation. Plaza was named after the song "Aubrey" by Bread.

Plaza participated in productions with the Wilmington Drama League. Plaza graduated from Ursuline Academy in 2002, and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2006. While at NYU in 2004, Plaza suffered a stroke that caused temporary paralysis and expressive aphasia, but  fully recovered.

Plaza had many internships and was an NBC page. She 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.  

Plaza starred in the online series The Jeannie Tate Show, and stars as Robin Gibney in ESPN's Mayne Street. She also 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.  She also had roles in the comedy films 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 is best known as April Ludgate, the deadpan employee in Parks and Recreation, and 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, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. In 2011, she made a guest appearance in Portlandia.

In early 2012, she was featured in Father John Misty (J. Tillman)'s music video for the song "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" from the album Fear Fun. The following summer, Plaza earned her first starring role in a major film,  in the comedy, Safety Not Guaranteed.

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. The unscripted interruption led to Plaza's ejection from the event.
It was a promotional stunt for the deadpan comic’s movie The To-Do List, in which she has her first sex scene. The movie premiered in July, 2013. In a new interview with the New York Times, Plaza describes what it was like to simulate fellatio, masturbation and penetration for the first time. “I was like, this is the weirdest acting job I’ve ever had in my life."
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