Happy Friday everyone! This week’s article is highlighting Aubrey Plaza. She was born on June 26, 1984 in Wilmington, Delaware. Her mother is of English and Irish descent and her father is Puerto Rican. Plaza is an American comedian and actress and is specifically known for her role as April Ludgate in the television series Parks and Recreation, as well as other projects. Aubrey is also known for her deadpan-style of comedy.
Aubrey’s love for comedy began during her childhood and has carried throughout her life. However, her desire to direct and write, (and some advice from a teacher) led her to study film in New York City. And as many careers do, Plaza’s career as a comedian and actress began with an internship. In 2007, after performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Brigade Theater, Aubrey appeared on The Jeannie Tate Show. From here she has gone on to appear in several films over the years, including Funny People (2009), and Life After Beth (2014). Later, in her early 20s, she even interned for Saturday Night Live. This merely scratches the surface of the dozens of films and projects Plaza has participated in. Although she has played many characters throughout her career, her breakthrough role was April Ludgate from Parks and Recreation. After a meeting with the creator of the show, Michael Shur, and just being herself, the role of April Ludgate was written for her! Since childhood, Plaza had dreamed of working with comedy stars, and her role in Parks and Recreation led her to opposite one of her favorites – Amy Poehler!
Early on in her career, Plaza met her longtime partner, whom she recently married, Jeff Baena. They began dating in 2011, and from there collaborated on several projects, including Life After Beth. Although this is a new chapter in her life, Plaza is continuing her career! So look out if you are a fan of the show The White Lotus, because you can catch Aubrey in the upcoming Season 2 of the HBO series.
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