Everipedia Logo
Everipedia is now IQ.wiki - Join the IQ Brainlist and our Discord for early access to editing on the new platform and to participate in the beta testing.
Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Christina Plaza [1] (born June 26, 1984)[2] is an American actress, comedian and producer. She began her career performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She received further recognition for her starring role as April Ludgate on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation (2009–2015). From 2017 to 2019, Plaza starred as Lenny Busker in the FX drama series Legion

After several supporting roles in various films, Plaza had her first leading role as Darius Britt in the comedy Safety Not Guaranteed (2012). She also starred in the films Mystery Team (2008), Funny People (2009), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Monsters University (2013), Life After Beth (2014), Dirty Grandpa (2016), Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016), The Little Hours (2017), Ingrid Goes West (2017), An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) and Child's Play

EducationUrsuline Academy
Alma materNew York University
OccupationActress, comedian, producer
Years active2006–present
Jeff Baena(2011–present)

Early life

Plaza was born in Wilmington, Delaware, to Bernadette, an attorney, and David Plaza, a financial advisor.[3] She has two younger sisters, Renee and Natalie.[4]

Plaza was named after the song "Aubrey" by Bread.[4] Her father is Puerto Rican and her mother is of IrishEnglish descent.[6] Plaza has stated: "I was like the only diverse kid in my high school, and I'm half-Puerto Rican. But yeah, I have a huge family and tons of cousins in Puerto Rico."[7]

Plaza graduated from Ursuline Academy, an all-girls Catholic school, in 2002. In high school she was student council president and participated in productions with the Wilmington Drama League.[4][8] She studied film at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 2006.[4]

Plaza suffered a stroke when she was 20 years old that caused temporary paralysis and expressive aphasia. Some years later, she had a smaller stroke called a transient ischemic attack while on the set of Parks and Recreation. She has now fully recovered.[4][9][10]


Plaza at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con

Plaza at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con

Plaza in 2012

Plaza in 2012

Plaza has had many internships, and worked as an NBC page.[11] Plaza 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.

Plaza starred in the online series The Jeannie Tate Show, and starred as Robin Gibney in ESPN's Mayne Street. She appeared in the first episode of "Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz" on Funny or Die.[12]

She played Seth Rogen's love interest, Daisy, in 2009's Funny People directed by Judd Apatow. She appeared in 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 played April Ludgate in Parks and Recreation from 2009 to 2015. For her performance as the deadpan employee, she received universal praise throughout the entire show, being referred to as one of the show's breakout characters.

On March 12, 2010, Plaza performed at "A Night of 140 Tweets: A Celebrity Tweetathon for Haiti", produced by Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Ben Stiller, and Mike Rosenstein, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.

In 2011 she appeared on Portlandia. Plaza appeared as a guest judge during a roast segment on The Next Food Network Star in 2011. She appeared in Episode 199 of the WTF with Marc Maron podcast. She also had a recurring role as "the Princess" in the comedic sci-fi web series Troopers on CollegeHumor.[13]

In 2012, she was featured in Father John Misty's music video for the song "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" from the album Fear Fun and in 2014 she was in Cassorla's "Bona Fide" video where she also made her saxophone-playing debut.[14]

In 2012 Plaza earned her first starring role in a major film, alongside Mark Duplass, in the comedy, Safety Not Guaranteed. Plaza played Darius, a jaded intern who answers a curious want ad "seeking a companion for a time traveling adventure". Her performance in the film was critically acclaimed, and Gary Thompson of The Philadelphia Inquirer questioned whether this role was out of her usual "pretty slacker" range but found her performance "compelling".[15]

In 2013, she had the leading female role as Sacagawea in Drunk History episode Nashville in the segment on Lewis and Clark Expedition.[16]

At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in January 2014, Plaza's film, Life After Beth, which was written and directed by her boyfriend Jeff Baena, premiered.[17] Plaza also voiced Grumpy Cat in the Lifetime Network's original movie Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (2014).[18]

She starred in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates alongside Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine. The film was released on July 8, 2016. Her role as the rebellious Tatiana earned her critical praise.

In 2016, she was a guest star on HarmonQuest, as a gnome named "Hawaiian Coffee" and portrayed Aaron Burr in the "Hamilton" episode of Drunk History.[19]

She also had the only speaking line in a commercial for the Apple iPhone 6s, demonstrating "I'm peeking my flight. I'm not peeking my flight. I'm peeking my... wait, I missed my flight."[20]

She first played the role of Cat Adams in Season 11 of the CBS television show Criminal Minds

In 2017, Plaza both starred in and produced two films, The Little Hours and Ingrid Goes West. It was announced that she would star in indie comedy An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn in 2018.[21]

Plaza has been starring as Lenny Busker in the FX series Legion since February 2017.[22] On February 23, 2019, Plaza hosted the 34th Independent Spirit Awards.[23]

In 2019, she starred in Child's Play, a reboot of the 1988 film, as the mother who brings home a killer doll, Chucky.[24]

Personal life

Plaza dated actor John Gallagher Jr. when they were both 15 years old.[25] She was in a relationship with actor Michael Cera. The two met on the set of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and dated for a year and a half. Plaza has been in a long-term relationship with writer and director Jeff Baena since 2011. They live together in Los Angeles, California, and work together often.[26][27] She is bisexual.[28]



2006KillswitchGirl with Head WoundShort film
In LoveJulieShort film
2009Mystery TeamKelly Peters
Funny PeopleDaisy Danby
2010Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldJulie Powers
2011Damsels in DistressDebbie
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to YouJeanine Breemer
10 YearsOlivia
2012Safety Not GuaranteedDarius Britt
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan IIIMarnie[29]
2013From Up on Poppy HillSachiko HirokoujiEnglish dubbing
She Said, She SaidWoman in ParkShort film
FailureWomanShort film
The End of LoveAubrey
The To Do ListBrandy Klark
Charlie CountrymanAshley
Monsters UniversityClaire WheelerVoice role[30]
Center JennyMonika Nark
2014Life After BethBeth Slocum[31]
About AlexSarah[32]
Ned RifleSusan[33]
Playing It CoolMallory[34]
Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas EverGrumpy CatVoice role
2015Addicted to FresnoKelly
The Driftless AreaJean
2016Dirty GrandpaLenore
The Pistol ShrimpsHerselfDocumentary
Mike and Dave Need Wedding DatesTatiana
2017Take My Nose... Please!HerselfDocumentary
The Little HoursFernandaAlso producer[35]
Ingrid Goes WestIngrid ThorburnAlso producer
2018An Evening with Beverly Luff LinnLulu Danger
2019Child's PlayKaren Barclay[36]
The Ark and the AardvarkBrainVoice role;In production[37]
TBABlack BearAllisonPost-production[38]


200630 RockNBC pageEpisode: "Tracy Does Conan"
2009–2015Parks and RecreationApril Ludgate125 episodesNominated—ALMA Awardfor Favorite TV Actress—Supporting Role (2011)Nominated—ALMA Awardfor Favorite TV Actress—Leading Role In A Comedy (2012)Nominated—Imagen Awardfor Best Supporting Actress—Television (2010, 2012–2013)
2011PortlandiaBeth / Bookstore Customer3 episodes
2012NTSF:SD:SUV::The RemembererEpisode: "Wasila Hills Cop"
2013–2014The Legend of KorraEska (voice)12 episodes
2013Drunk HistorySacagaweaEpisode: "Nashville"
MaronHerselfEpisode: "Jen Moves to L.A."
2014–2015Welcome to SwedenHerself6 episodes
2015Golan the InsatiableDylan Beekler(voice)6 episodes
CastleLucy (voice)Uncredited4 episodes
2016SpongeBob SquarePantsNocturna (voice)Episode: "Mall Girl Pearl"
Comedy Bang! Bang!Lady Aubrey / HerselfEpisode: "Aubrey Plaza Wears a Velvet Off-the-Shoulder Gown With Flowers in Her Hair"
RuPaul's Drag Race All StarsHerself (guest judge)Episode: "Family That Drags Together"
Drunk HistoryAaron BurrEpisode: "Hamilton"
HarmonQuestHawaiian CoffeeEpisode: "Manoa Prison Hole"
2016–2017Criminal MindsCat Adams3 episodes
2017–2019LegionLenny Busker19 episodesNominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Villain(2018)Nominated—Imagen Awardfor Best Actress—Television (2018)
2017EasyLindsayEpisode: "Package Thief"
201934th Independent Spirit AwardsHerself (host)Television special
Drunk HistoryCleopatraEpisode: "Bad Blood"

Music videos

2012"Hollywood Cemetery Forever Sings"Father John Misty[39]Girl
2013"Rouse Yourself"JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound[40]Girl
2014"Bona Fide"Cassorla[14]Woman in Boat


Citation Linkwww.bullettmedia.comPlaza, Aubrey (March 1, 2012). "Aubrey Plaza Finally Confronts Her Multiple Personalities". Bullett Magazine.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkarticles.latimes.comOlsen, Mark (August 3, 2009). "Aubrey Plaza: Funny person". Los Angeles Times. – interview lists her as 25
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkblogs.delawareonline.comCormier, Ryan (January 15, 2010). "From Wilmy to Hollywood". Delaware Online. The News Journal.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkwww.delawaretoday.comJohn Micklos Jr. (February 16, 2012). "Aubrey Plaza of NBC's Parks and Recreation: Wilmington Native Is Building a Buzz in Hollywood". Delaware Today.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkwww.nydailynews.comLee Hernández (June 11, 2009). "This girl's no slouch". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkwww.latina.comHerrera, Monica (April 9, 2009). "Parks & Recreation star Aubrey Plaza explains why she's so hot right now". Latina.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkwww.gq.comMark Byrne, Todd Cole (July 24, 2013). "The GQ Interview: Aubrey Plaza". GQ. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgLetterman, David (August 31, 2011), interview – "Late Show with David Letterman"
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkwww.youtube.comNealon, Kevin (April 4, 2019). Aubrey Plaza was clocked in a fist fight! (Videotape). Event occurs at 12 minutes 19 seconds. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkwww.elle.com"Aubrey Plaza on the Job That Really Didn't Work Out". Elle. November 30, 2017. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkweb.archive.org"Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz from Eric Appel, Ben Schwartz, and Aubrey Plaza". Funnyordie.com. September 27, 2009. Archived from the original on January 1, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkwww.collegehumor.com"Troopers Videos on Collegehumor". CollegeHumor. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkwww.baltimoresun.com"Watch Aubrey Plaza rip sax solos in Cassorla's 'Bona Fide' video". August Brown, The Baltimore Sun, January 7th, 2014. Retrieved February 27th, 2018.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkwww.philly.comThompson, Gary (June 15, 2012). "Aubrey Plaza shines in 'Safety Not Guaranteed'". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved July 6, 2012. It's too early to say if Plaza's an actress, since no one's asked her to do anything other than be the pretty slacker with the bored posture and world-weary intonation. But she has an unusual kind of beauty (Anglo-Irish, Latina) that the camera loves to explore, and when she does make the hyperspace jump to sincerity and initiative, the results are compelling.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkwww.youtube.comComedy Central (August 14, 2013), Drunk History – Lewis and Clark, retrieved June 19, 2019
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkinthemixxshow.com"You'll Never Guess Aubrey Plaza's Kinky On-Set Ritual!". In the Mixx. October 17, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkinsidetv.ew.comBlake, Emily (September 17, 2014). "Aubrey Plaza will be the voice of Grumpy Cat in Lifetime movie". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkwww.vulture.com"Alia Shawkat and Aubrey Plaza Are Drunk History's New Hamilton and Burr". Vulture. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkwww.adweek.comNudd, Tim (February 18, 2016). "Aubrey Plaza Quietly Fails to Save the Free World in This New iPhone Commercial It was asking a lot". Adweek.com. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
Citation Linkvariety.comMcNary, Dave (February 8, 2017). "Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch to Star in Indie Comedy 'An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn'". Variety. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:00 PM