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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."
Parks and Recreation 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 NBC's Parks and Recreation. Cast while she was 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.


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Her career provides examples of the following tropes:

  • A Date with Rosie Palms : When asked to masturbate for a scene in which she pleasured herself in The To Do List, she actually pleasured herself onset. Aubrey said that it was very awkward.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Was this in her first major role, and apparently her default personality. Check out the interviews she's done on YouTube. The woman is bizarre, inappropriate, and absolutely hilarious.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Parks and Recreation: April Ludgate was 19 in the first season, while Aubrey began playing her at around 25. Possibly referenced in one episode when a bouncer refuses to let April into a bar because she is only 20 and April claims to be 24. There is a three-year Time Skip between Seasons 6 and 7 that brings the character closer to Plaza's actual age.
    • The To Do List: 29 playing an 18-year-old high school graduate. Then again, so was most of the rest of the cast.
    • Dirty Grandpa: 31 playing a 21-year-old college student.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • While it isn't THAT egregious, she does have some steamy scenes in The To Do List.
    • Season 2 of Legion gives Lenny a nude scene when she comes back to life and, in a later episode, a pretty raunchy giri/girl scene.
    • No nudity but her role in Dirty Grandpa is very sexual and with a lot of revealing outfits.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Star-Making Role: Her role as April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation made her known to the general public.
  • The Stoic: Her signature character type (and why she was cast as April: to run counter to the Spicy Latina).
  • Those Two Actors: Costarred with Zac Efron in Dirty Grandpa and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, both released in 2016.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally auditioned to be a Saturday Night Live cast member for the 2008‒09 season (around the time that her Parks castmate-to-be Amy Poehler was due to leave and Lorne Michaels hired two new female cast members [Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins] instead of John Roberts, T.J. Miller, Nick Kroll, and Plaza herself). (Had she been chosen, she would have been the first Hispanic female SNL cast member.note )
    • In 2009 comedy website CollegeHumor made a fake trailer for a live-action Daria movie with Plaza as the title character. Sadly, nothing came of it.


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April & Andy's Wedding

April and Andy get married!

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