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Aubrey Plaza is an American actress and comedian best known for her recurring role as April Ludgate in the NBC sitcom series Parks and Recreation and portrayal of Julie Powers in the 2010 comedy film adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim. Since rising to mainstream recognition, Plaza has garnered an online following for her deadpan comedy and awkward mannerisms in interviews.
After graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts in 2006, Plaza began her early career by performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and starring in the web series The Jeannie Tate Show. In 2008, she participated in the Improv Everywhere prank “Mobile Desktop” (shown below), in which she and two other people brought desktop PCs, including a CRT monitor, tower computer, keyboard and mouse into a Starbucks and used them as people use laptops there.
By 2009, Plaza had seen her mainstream breakthrough with her first feature film role as stand-up comedienne Daisy Danby in Judd Apatow’s 2009 comedy film Funny People (shown below, left), as well as a recurring role as apathetic college intern April Ludgate in the NBC sitcom series Parks and Recreation (shown below, right).
Funny Or Die
Since 2009, Plaza has been involved with several Funny Or Die sketch videos, including “Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz” and “Breakup in a Noisy Diner” among many others.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
In 2010, Aubrey Plaza was cast as Julie Powers, a relatively minor character featured in Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim, in the 2010 comedy film adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Safety Not Guaranteed
In 2011, Aubrey Plaza was cast as the female protagonist for the feature film adaptation of Safety Not Guaranteed, a YTMND meme based on a classified newspaper ad seeking a time-traveling companion. The film premiered in January 2012 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where it was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize and won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Critics have overall reviewed the film favorably, calling it an “indie darling” and “crowd-pleasing.”
Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever
In September 2014, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Plaza has been cast as the voice actor of Grumpy Cat in the upcoming Lifetime holiday special TV film Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.
With Parks and Recreation‘s mainstream success and critical reception, Plaza’s charater April Ludgate soon garnered the status of a fan-favorite character on Tumblr, spawning a handful of fan blogs as well as scrapbook sites, including two fan blogs named Fuck Yeah April Ludgate, People Who Act Like April Ludgate, Fuck Yeah Aubrey Plaza, Aubrey Plaza is God and Aubrey Plaza Appreciation Life.