Aubrey Plaza Wants To Be on Downton Abbey
Filed Under: Interviews • Posted on February 18th, 2013 by Jennifer • Comments Off

As the delightfully sour April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation, Aubrey Plaza spins sarcasm into sitcom gold every week. Plaza landed that role, as well as a part in the Judd Apatow movie Funny People, within a matter of months, and she’s been making people smile ever since. April would hate her. Our March Allure’s Face told me about obsessing over boys at school and why she should be on Downton Abbey.

Was Catholic girls’ school a fertile ground for comedy? “Definitely. When you go to a girls school, you become obsessed with boys because they’re not there. There was only one class in school where boys could take AP English in the morning and everybody wanted to go. Sadly, I never got in, but we would walk by and look at the boys through the windows like they were exotic creatures.”

Are you a list maker? “I’m a list maker, but not a list finisher. I have a lot of lists lying around. Get a new license. Finish every script that’s been sent. Get my nails done. Stuff like that. I’m not a southern girl. Southern girls have their shit together. Reese Witherspoon probably gets her nails done every week. They know to multitask. It’s in their blood.”

What’s your earliest onstage memory? “One of first plays I was in was the chorus of Hansel and Gretel. They put my hair in braids with so much hairspray it got stuck to the witches’ cottage roof, which was made of foam. I kept right on dancing with pieces of that cottage roof on my head. I thought it was so much fun. That was when I realized that I could just go with it and make people laugh.”

If you weren’t on Parks and Rec is there another show you’d absolutely kill to be on? “If I had a time machine, I would love to be on Arrested Development. Today, I would also be on Game of Thrones. I would also love to be on Downton Abbey. They could benefit from having guest stars such as myself. I could ride horses and drink tea. And I’ll do the accent if they want me to.”

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