Aubrey Plaza, born June 26, 1984, is an actor and comedian known for her deadpan sense of humor. She stars as April Ludgate on “Parks and Recreation.” After doing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Plaza made her web series debut with “The Jeannie Tate Show.” She went on to appear in Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” later in her career. Let’s celebrate her birthday today.
Aubrey Christina Plaza was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the daughter of attorney Bernadette Plaza and financial specialist David Plaza. Her father is Puerto Rican, while her mother is Irish and English. Plaza graduated from a Catholic all-girls school in 2002 and from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2006. She was president of her high school’s student government and participated in Wilmington Drama League productions during her time as a senior. In 2004, while she was in her second year of college, Plaza had a stroke that left her with expressive aphasia and a period of paralysis. She is now fully recovered.
Since 2004, Plaza has been doing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. She has also performed stand-up comedy at the Laugh Factory and The Improv in N.Y.C. Plaza appeared in E.S.P.N.’s “Mayne Street” and “The Jeannie Tate Show” as Robin Gibney, as well as the first episode of “Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz.” On CollegeHumor’s “Troopers,” she played the Princess, a satirical sci-fi character. Plaza made her saxophone debut in Cassorla’s ‘Bona Fide’ in 2014. However, she first featured in Father John Misty’s ‘Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings’ in 2012.
In 2016, Plaza was featured on “HarmonQuest” as Hawaiian Coffee, a gnome. The same year, she portrayed Aaron Burr In “Drunk History” and Cat Adams in Season 11 of the C.B.S. television series “Criminal Minds.” She made a triumphant comeback to the role in Season 12. A year later, it was confirmed that Plaza would appear in the indie comedy “An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn.”
Plaza starts doing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in N.Y.C.
Plaza stars as Daisy, Seth Rogen's love interest, in Judd Apatow's “Funny People.”
Plaza makes her feature film debut, co-starring in the comedy “Safety Not Guaranteed” with Mark Duplass.
She begins playing Cat Adams in “Criminal Minds.”
Why We Love Aubrey Plaza
She loves cats
This is unsurprising given Plaza's role as the voice of the online hit "Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.” Plaza said, "Once I learned the cat's lips would not move, I immediately went for it, thinking: 'Well, if it's just going to cut to the cat and I can deliver my line, then I can also remark on other things.’”
Plaza experienced a stroke in college due to a blood clot in her left temporal lobe. She was unable to communicate for an extended length of time. However, she took everything in stride and didn’t lose the will to do what she loved.
She’s a great actress
Plaza, believe it or not, is also a sports girl. No, not actually, but she was so convincing in the role that she could have been in a sports team. That’s how good of an actress she is.
5 Surprising Facts
Despite being a fantastic improv artist and comedian, Plaza is incredibly awkward when giving interviews.
She worked as a killer
Plaza played one of the most iconic villains on “Criminal Minds.”
She was named after a song
Plaza was named after Bread's song ‘Aubrey.’
She cannot speak Spanish
Despite being one-third Puerto Rican, Plaza cannot speak a word of Spanish.
She rejected Ryan Gosling twice
Not once, but twice, Plaza rejected the famous “Notebook” heartthrob.
Aubrey Plaza FAQs
Why did Plaza suffer from a stroke?
Plaza had a stroke when she was 20. But it wasn’t because of something she did. In fact, the stroke occurred spontaneously.
Are Plaza and Chris Pratt acquainted?
Plaza told Nylon as “Parks and Recreation” drew to a close, “I’m going to miss Pratt in my life because he’s my T.V. spouse, and sometimes I forget he’s not my actual husband.” Even though they haven’t seen each other as frequently as they used to because of their own pursuits, Pratt and Plaza remain friends.
Did Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen wear the same dress?
Yes. Plaza and Olsen wore the same Marc Jacobs dress to the movie premiere of “Ingrid Goes West.” They did it to pay homage to their characters in the film.
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