Hey, aren’t you that funny girl?

January 23, 2010   Comments Off on Hey, aren’t you that funny girl?   Interviews

Actress, Delaware native Aubrey Plaza garden attention, television roles

During her two weeks back home in Delaware during the holidays, it didn’t take long for 2009’s success to catch up with actress/comedienne Aubrey Plaza.

While taking a break from shopping for Christmas presents at the Concord Mall, the co-star of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” met a woman in the ladies’ room.

“A woman said to me, ‘You really look like that girl from ‘Parks and Recreation’ and I said, ‘Oh yeah, I think I am. I am that girl,’ ” Plaza said during a phone interview recently. “She was asking, ‘What are you doing in the Concord Mall bathroom?’ “

Plaza, a Wilmington native, isn’t being recognized only because of her role as the disinterested intern on the prime-time sitcom, but also for her role as Seth Rogen’s girlfriend in last summer’s film “Funny People,” directed by Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”)

In it, Plaza’s character is also from Delaware, leading to the memorable First State-themed exchange between the two:

ROGEN: So where are you from originally? You just moved here, right?

PLAZA: Delaware.

ROGEN: Delaware! Our first state in the union.

PLAZA: Yes, it is.

ROGEN: That’s great. No sales tax in Delaware.

PLAZA: Yeah, there’s not. That’s weird that you know so much about Delaware. (What) are you … Joe Biden?

ROGEN: He’s from Delaware. See, I knew that!

After high school, off to New York

So how did Plaza, who has been acting since the age of 10, go from productions at Wilmington Drama League and Delaware Theatre Company to a Hollywood career that also includes an upcoming summer comedy with Michael Cera called “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” directed by Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz”)?

With the support of her parents, David, a financial adviser, and Bernadette, an attorney, Plaza decided to move to New York after graduating from Ursuline Academy in 2002 to study at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, from which she graduated in 2005.

“She’s one of these rare individuals who just knew what she wanted to do at a very young age. She had the talent and the drive,” David Plaza said. “It’s amazing how quickly things have come together for her.”

In addition to her studies, Plaza performed both stand-up and improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York. It counts Amy Poehler, Plaza’s costar on “Parks and Recreation” and a “Saturday Night Live” alum, as a founding member.

It’s appropriate that Plaza landed on a show with Poehler, since Plaza credits “Saturday Night Live” for her love of comedy and acting.

A fan of the show since middle school, Plaza also used humor as a teen and admits she could have been described as a class clown.

Kay Gaglione, who taught Plaza American history in seventh grade, said she remembers walking home from school one day followed by Plaza, hidden in a large cardboard box. Gaglione would walk a few steps and so would Plaza. When Gaglione would stop and turn around, the box would stop and drop to the sidewalk.

“She was very, very funny. Even then, she was just a riot,” remembers Gaglione, who is now the middle-school coordinator for Ursuline.

“I never thought I could turn that into something until after I started watching ‘SNL’ and getting into other TV and film comedies,” Plaza said. “I was making people laugh in my everyday life and these people were getting paid for it, so I figured I should learn how to do that.”

From Delmarva Now


Aubrey in “Funny or Die” Video

January 19, 2010   Comments Off on Aubrey in “Funny or Die” Video   News

Aubrey is featured in a new Funny or Die video titled “Pete Carroll’s Trip to Seattle Delayed”… You can watch it below!


Parks and Recreation Cast Share Their New Year’s Resolutions

January 8, 2010   Comments Off on Parks and Recreation Cast Share Their New Year’s Resolutions   News

Aubrey and a few other cast members of “Parks and Recreation” have made videos to share their New Year’s resolutions and messages for 2010… You can watch Aubrey’s video below!


“Parks and Recreation” Captures

December 20, 2009   Comments Off on “Parks and Recreation” Captures   Gallery, TV Shows

I have added 270+ HD captures of Aubrey from the last two episodes of “Parks and Recreation” that have aired… You can see all the captures by clicking on the thumbnails below!

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Parks and Rec Videos – Chris and Aubrey

December 4, 2009   Comments Off on Parks and Rec Videos – Chris and Aubrey   TV Shows, Videos

There are 2 new video features up on NBC.com that feature Aubrey and co-star Chris Pratt interviewing each other. You can watch both parts of the series below!


19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards

December 1, 2009   Comments Off on 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards   Appearances, Gallery

I have added 13 photos of Aubrey from the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards that were held last night in New York City.

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“Parks and Recreation” Captures

November 28, 2009   Comments Off on “Parks and Recreation” Captures   Gallery, TV Shows

I’ve just added 360+ HQ captures of Aubrey from the last two episodes of “Parks and Recreation” into the gallery.

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EXCLUSIVE: Aubrey Plaza Is One of the Funny People

November 26, 2009   Comments Off on EXCLUSIVE: Aubrey Plaza Is One of the Funny People   Interviews

The rising comedic star talks about this new DVD, Parks and Recreation, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and more.

Around this time last year, I was reading up on Judd Apatow’s new directorial effort, Funny People, since I was going to be visiting the set of the film. Among the huge names in the film was a newcomer named Aubrey Plaza, and, if the newcomers in Apatow’s previous two films were any indication (See: Jonah Hill and Charlene Yi), I figured this young comedienne was surely on a pretty damn good path. Of course, that was before we knew her as the hilariously deadpan April Ludgate on the wonderful NBC comedy Parks and Recreation and the actress also has the highly-anticipated Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World coming up as well. I recently had the chance to speak with Aubrey Plaza for the new Funny People DVD and Blu-ray release on November 24, and here’s what she had to say.

I was wondering how you first heard about Judd’s script and how the whole casting process went about for you? Who was already attached when you first heard about the film?

Aubrey Plaza: Well, I didn’t know much. I didn’t read the script, I didn’t really know anything about it. I knew it was Judd’s movie and that Seth (Rogen) and Adam (Sandler) were going to be in it. That’s kind of all I knew. Allison Jones cast the movie and I had met her, just kind of generally, a couple of months before. She told me then that she was on this movie, but she wasn’t going to tell me what it was until later. I knew something was going on, but I wasn’t sure what it was. I was in New York at that point and she had me put myself on tape. I just did the scenes and improvised with my friends and sent it to L.A., just hoping that they would actually watch it. I heard a couple of months later that Judd did watch it and he really liked it, so I came out to L.A. to have a callback and I read with Seth, in front of Judd. That was terrifying but it went really well. I hadn’t heard anything for a month after that and I knew I did well but I wasn’t really sure what the hold-up was, what they were looking for. I found out that they had really wanted to cast a stand-up comedian. At the time I wasn’t doing stand-up, so I kind of took it upon myself to start doing stand-up and taping myself and sending it to him. So that’s kind of how I got the part. It was a three-step process, I guess, where the final step was, I think, the most important, sending bits of me actually doing jokes and having him actually see me on stage with a mic, in front of an audience, that it was possible that I could pull it off, to be this young, stand-up comedian.

You have an improv background, I believe. What was it like getting into stand-up mode, as opposed to your improv background?

Aubrey Plaza: It was really tough. Improv is so different, it’s such a collaborative thing, you’re working with other people, nothing is planned and it’s kind of this community mentality, whereas stand-up, you’re alone and it was really hard. Having to stand in front of an audience and have it be your job to make them laugh, you can’t really look to anyone but yourself. It’s what you wrote, what you said and how you said it, so it’s kind of terrifying, but I liked it. When it goes well, it’s the best feeling in the world. When it doesn’t go well, it’s the worst feeling, but once you get into the rhythm of it, I think it’s really fun. Also it’s a good exercise for writing, for me, using my brain in that different way.

I know the DVD and the Blu-ray that are coming out are both just packed with extras, with a lot of bonus stand-up material. Is there a lot of these unseen bits from your performances on here then?

Aubrey Plaza: Yeah, definitely. The first time I ever did stand-up was in Queens and it was the first time I had done it and I taped it and sent it to him. After I got the part, a couple of weeks later, he brought me out to L.A. and I immediately started doing shows with the rest of the cast, having never done it before. So I went from zero to performing with Adam Sandler in less than a month. It was really a crazy interaction to stand-up, but they had camera crews follow me to every show and tape every single show that I did. I went up multiple times a week and I did The Laugh Factory, all these open mic’s and they sent camera crews everywhere. There’s a ton of shows on the DVD, a lot of me bombing on stage, which I’m sure will be fun for me to watch (Laughs). So yeah, a lot of failure, but it will give you a good idea of how I got to where I am now.


Aubrey to be at the Wilmington Christmas Parade

November 26, 2009   Comments Off on Aubrey to be at the Wilmington Christmas Parade   Alerts, Appearances

Aubrey is going to be the grand marshal of the annual Christmas parade in her hometown of Wilmington, Delaware tomorrow (Friday)!

The grand marshal will be Wilmington native Aubrey Plaza, star of the NBC comedy series “Parks and Recreation”

The 46th annual Jaycees Christmas Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Friday in downtown Wilmington.

The grand marshal will be Wilmington native Aubrey Plaza, star of the NBC comedy series “Parks and Recreation.” Plaza also was in the movie “Funny People,” which came out in the summer. Emmanuel Savary, a figure skating champion, also will be at the parade.

The parade kicks off at Fifth and Market streets and ends at Eighth and King streets. The grandstand will be at 10th and Market streets.

The parade will feature school marching bands from A.I. du Pont, Salesianum, Cab Calloway and Delaware Military Academy. Two Philadelphia string bands also will perform.

Local groups will dance, sing, cheer and march.

Floats include Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Bob the Builder, Cinderella, Elmo and Dora the Explorer. A fleet of antique cars will be in the parade too.

After the parade, Santa Claus will be in the lobby of the Baby Grand on Market Street from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Carolers will be on Market Street and in Rodney Square from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be a holiday bazaar with vendors and a synthetic ice skating rink during this time.

From Delaware Online


Aubrey in “Three Wolf Moon”

November 22, 2009   Comments Off on Aubrey in “Three Wolf Moon”   News

Aubrey is starring in a “New Moon” spoof video called “Three Wolf Moon” that premiered on College Humor… You can watch it below!

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.