"I just met the weirdest girl I've ever met in my life. You have to meet her and put her on your show."Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress and comedian.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 NBC's Parks and Recreation. 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 Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Funny People, and Safety Not Guaranteed. She even provided the voice of popular internet meme Grumpy Cat in Lifetime's Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever.Though mostly associated with comedic projects, she's appeared in more dramatic works; Plaza notably plays against type as Lenny Busker in FX's Legion, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.
Parks and Recreation casting director Allison Jones on Plaza
- Mystery Team (2009) as Kelly
- Parks and Recreation (2009 — 2015) as April Ludgate
- Funny People (2009) as Daisy Danby
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) as Julie Powers
- Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) as Darius Britt
- From Up on Poppy Hill (2013) as Sachiko Hirokouji (voice) note
- Monsters University (2013) as Claire Wheeler (voice)
- The To Do List (2013) as Brandy Klark
- The Legend of Korra (2013 — 2014) as Eska (voice)
- Welcome To Sweden (2014 — 2015) as herself
- Life After Beth (2014) as Beth Slocum
- Playing It Cool (2014) as Mallory
- Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (2014) as Grumpy Cat (voice)
- Golan The Insatiable (2015) as Dylan Beekler (voice)
- Dirty Grandpa (2016) as Lenore
- Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) as Tatiana
- Legion (2017) as Lenny Busker
- Criminal Minds (2016 — 2017) as Catherine "Cat" Adams.
- The Little Hours (2017) as Fernanda
- Ingrid Goes West (2017) as Ingrid Thorburn
She provides examples of the following tropes:
- Deadpan Snarker: It's one half of her comedy persona.
- Emotionless Girl/The Stoic: The other half of her persona.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Anna Kendrick, as is visible here and here.
- Spicy Latina: She has Puerto Rican heritage through her father, but her Type Casting thus far completely inverts this.
- When She Smiles: A side effect of her usual Emotionless Girl and Deadpan Snarker attitude makes her smile stand out more than it does for actresses with bubbly personas.