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->''"I just met the weirdest girl I've ever met in my life. You have to meet her and put her on your show."''
-->-- ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' casting director '''Allison Jones''' on Plaza

Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress and comedian.

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Plaza has gained popularity for her persona as a {{deadpan snarker}} and {{emotionless girl}} in many of her projects, both of which are qualities she displayed in her breakout role as April Ludgate on Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''. Cast while interning at a Post-It note factory, the part was written specifically ''for'' her, upon casting director Allison Jones' suggestion to showrunner Michael Schur.

On the back of her popularity from ''Parks and Rec'', Plaza landed roles in films like ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', ''Film/FunnyPeople'', and ''Film/SafetyNotGuaranteed''. She even provided the voice of popular internet meme Grumpy Cat in Creator/{{Lifetime}}'s ''Film/GrumpyCatsWorstChristmasEver''.

Though mostly associated with comedic projects, she's appeared in more dramatic works; Plaza notably [[PlayingAgainstType plays against type]] as Lenny Busker in Creator/{{FX}}'s ''Series/{{Legion|2017}}'', based on the Creator/MarvelComics character of the same name.

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!! Selected filmography:
* ''Film/MysteryTeam'' (2009) as Kelly
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' (2009 -- 2015) as April Ludgate
* ''Film/FunnyPeople'' (2009) as Daisy Danby
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' (2010) as Julie Powers
* ''WebVideo/{{Troopers}}'' (2011 -- 2012) as the Princess
* ''Film/SafetyNotGuaranteed'' (2012) as Darius Britt
* ''Anime/FromUpOnPoppyHill'' (2013) as Sachiko Hirokouji (voice) [[note]]English dub[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' (2013) as Claire Wheeler (voice)
* ''Film/TheToDoList'' (2013) as Brandy Klark
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' (2013 -- 2014) as Eska (voice)
* ''Series/WelcomeToSweden'' (2014 -- 2015) {{as herself}}
* ''Film/LifeAfterBeth'' (2014) as Beth Slocum
* ''Film/PlayingItCool'' (2014) as Mallory
* ''Film/GrumpyCatsWorstChristmasEver'' (2014) as Grumpy Cat (voice)
* ''WesternAnimation/GolanTheInsatiable'' (2015) as Dylan Beekler (voice)
* ''Film/DirtyGrandpa'' (2016) as Lenore
* ''Film/MikeAndDaveNeedWeddingDates'' (2016) as Tatiana
* ''Series/{{Legion}}'' (2017) as Lenny Busker
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' (2016 -- 2017) as Catherine "Cat" Adams.
* ''Film/TheLittleHours'' (2017) as Fernanda
* ''Film/IngridGoesWest'' (2017) as Ingrid Thorburn

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!! She provides examples of the following tropes:
* DeadpanSnarker: It's one half of her comedy persona.
* EmotionlessGirl[=/=]TheStoic: The other half of her persona.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Creator/AnnaKendrick, as is visible [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyperez/a-glimpse-into-the-hilarious-friendship-of-anna-kendrick-and#1ucpds6 here]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFqbiNAy08E here]].
* RaisedCatholic: She grew up attending a Catholic all-girls school run by nuns.
* SpicyLatina: She has Puerto Rican heritage through her father, but her TypeCasting thus far completely inverts this.
* WhenSheSmiles: A side effect of her usual EmotionlessGirl and DeadpanSnarker attitude makes her smile stand out more than it does for actresses with bubbly personas.
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