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Here’s How Aubrey Plaza Went From A Prankster In High School To A Major Actress In Hollywood

We all know one thing about Aubrey Plaza: she’s funny and we want to see more of her. Made famous by NBC’s Parks and Recreation, she’s gone on to produce and star in her own big screen films, continues to prank anyone, and has even come out as bisexual in the last couple years.

You’ll be shocked to learn what health conditions and obstacles she’s overcome, all while cackling. Prepare yourself, because you’re about to love Aubrey Plaza even more than you already do.

She was named after a song by the band Bread.

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It’s called “Aubrey” and this is how the song starts out:

“And Aubrey was her name,
A not so very ordinary girl or name
But who’s to blame?”

Talk about manifest destiny, right?

She’s a 34-year old Cancer.

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Born on June 26, 1984, Cancer’s are known for being extremely sensible, stable and moody. She’s like the Dark Lord of Cancers.

She’s half Puerto Rican and half Irish.

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Her father, David Plaza, brings the Puerto Rican side of her. He’s a financial advisor and her mother is an attorney. The apple falls far from the pear tree I guess.

She felt out of place in her hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.

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She told Latina, “I was like the only diverse kid in my high school, and I’m half-Puerto Rican. But yeah, I have a huge family and tons of cousins in Puerto Rico.”

Sometimes, she even feels out of place in her own Latinidad…

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She went on to tell Latina, “I wish my grandfather had taught my Dad Spanish when he was younger so he could’ve taught me when I was younger, and sometimes he does, too. It’s a shame.”

So relatable, Aubrey. So many of our parents had the drive to assimilate us for success, but we’re creating a new culture, vale?

Aubrey used to work in a video store.

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Apparently, her and Jimmy Fallon had that in common in their high school years. Yeah, that sounds super awkward, RIP Blockbuster.

She was *the* class clown in high school…and student council president.

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One day, she followed her principal home after school and used a giant box with a bow on it as her mask. Every time he turned around, she’d just duck under the box. Like a cardboard box was actually following him. ????

She even organized a Mustache Day.

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With great power comes great pranks, as they say. Of course, she also used her power to orchestrate a school-wide mock sword fight. Are you not yet in love?

She went to an all-girls Catholic school.

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Yup. That was the setting for all her pranks. She told Delaware Today in 2012, “I was always interested in rocking the boat and making people laugh and doing weird things. I think a Catholic all-girls school is a good setting for that.”

She went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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That place is a breeding ground for all our favorite stars, including Camila Mendes, Gina Rodriguez, Alexis Bledel y más. She always knew she wouldn’t follow in her parents’ footsteps.

She had a stroke when she was 22 years old.

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Ten years later amidst all her newfound fame, she told The Guardian, “I had expressive aphasia, where I could understand what’s happening, but I couldn’t talk or communicate. Like, you could say something and I would know what you meant but I couldn’t express it or even write it. That was the weirdest part. When they gave me a piece of paper and a pen I just kept writing lines instead of words. But at least I could walk. When it first happened to me I was paralyzed, but I was so young that my brain healed itself really fast. I was really lucky in that way.”

She stole the NBC page uniform after being quasi-fired.

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She told Elle Magazine, “I stole this NBC page uniform after I was encouraged to leave the Page Program. I wasn’t outright fired, but it was suggested that I leave, so I never gave it back. I wasn’t used to working in a corporate environment like NBC where there are HR rules. It’s fuzzy to me exactly what happened, but I think I made a joke about Jesus being crucified or I wrote it on a wall, and I got in trouble. Three or four months after I started, they were like, ‘Maybe this isn’t right for you,’ and I was like, ‘Maybe it isn’t.'”

She plays a cameo of herself in 30 Rock.

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She told Elle, “After working as a page, I got a gig as a low-level intern within the casting department at NBC in the 30 Rock building. During the first season of 30 Rock, they needed a page character in the background for one of the shots. I said, “I can do it. I’ll put on my uniform and pretend to give the spiel I would actually give.” I did it. My stolen uniform and I made it on to the first season of 30 Rock.”

Parks and Recreation cast Aubrey Plaza without even having a role for her.

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Caption: “TIL the casting director for “Parks and Recreation” called Michael Schur and said, “I just met the weirdest girl I’ve ever met in my life.” He met with her and she made him feel very uncomfortable for about an hour. Aubrey Plaza was cast as April.”

She’s a witch.

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Ok, well, she’s witchy. She told Big World Tale, “I love Halloween so much, but I have a very strict policy that I’ve never worn a sexy Halloween costume because I believe that you should be scary on Halloween. I basically just do some kind of version of a Nautical Sea Witch. I throw a fishing net on myself, and I have a wig and some makeup. I just like dressing up like a witch, like a Sea Hag kind of character.”

She gifted vials of blood and hair to the Parks and Rec cast.

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Right before the whole show was about to wrap, Plaza was feeling sentimental and gave every single person a vial filled with blood, toenails, and hair. Okay, so the blood was actually just old jelly in her fridge but nobody has confirmed where the hair and toenails came from. ????

Her and Nick Offerman share the same birthday.

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While Nick Offerman shares posts of him and his wife with captions like, “All my birthday dreams coming true,” Aubrey is out here posting this. Last year, she captioned this one: “haggy birthday to me and my dark lord @nickofferman who i shall obey until the murky waters swallow me once and for all.” lol, k.

She’s produced and starred in two of her own movies, including The Little Hours.

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The movie is written and directed by her longtime boyfriend Jeff Baena, and was initially released at the 2017 Sundance festival. The movie is about several mentally unstable nuns in the countryside, who hang out with a coven of witches, have some solid lesbian sex, and get a little high.

Aubrey Plaza is giving us recovering Catholics what we need.

Her first kiss tasted like metal.

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She tells Big World Tale, “I was in seventh grade. I’m not going to say his name, but I went to an all-girls school, and there was a boy at the brother school who was placed in a juvenile correction facility for taping a screwdriver to his foot and kicking people with it. I believe he was my first kiss, and I remember that it tasted like metal.”

She came out as bisexual in 2016.

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In an interview with The Advocate, who acknowledged her popularity with the LGBTQ community, she casually confirmed her sexuality.

“Oh, yeah. I don’t mind. I know I have an androgynous thing going on and there’s something masculine about my energy. Girls are into me – that’s no secret. Hey, I’m into them too. I fall in love with girls and guys. I can’t help it,” she said.

Today, she’s worth about $3 million, wepa.

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From playing the voice of Grumpy Cat in Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, to running her own productions, and starring alongside Anna Kendrick in feature films, we’d say Aubrey Plaza is doing well for herself. Just keep pranking everyone, okay? We worship you, dark hag.


READ: Aubrey Plaza Wants To Be The First Latina To Win Best Actress At The Academy Awards

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Jennifer Lopez Just Announced That She’s Pumped The Breaks On Her Wedding To Alex Rodriguez

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Jennifer Lopez Just Announced That She’s Pumped The Breaks On Her Wedding To Alex Rodriguez

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Just when we thought Coronavirus couldn’t make things worse.

On a recent at-home edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jennifer Lopez announced that she has had to put a pause on her wedding thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to Ellen, Lopez explained how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected her during this time.

“It did affect it a little bit,” Lopez told Ellen in an interview in which the TV host asked about her wedding plans. “So, we’ll see what happens now … I really don’t know what’s gonna happen now as far as dates or anything like that. We are just kind of in a holding pattern like the rest of the world. So, again, it’s just something we have to wait and see in a few months how this all pans out.”

Of course, leave it to DeGeneres to push for romance. The talk show host recommended that Lopez and Rodriguez try to do a “TikTok wedding” consider how popular their recent videos on the platform have been so far.

“It’s something to think about,” Lopez laughed. “I can’t make any commitments right now.” 

The Latina queen and retired baseball superstar became engaged in March 2019.

For the two years that they’ve been dating, J-Lo and A-Rod have shared their lives with the public through their social media accounts, giving us a glimpse into the loving relationship that Lopez has called her “first ever good relationship”. Their Instagram profiles are sprinkled with pictures of them jet-setting, attending premieres and galas, and taking mixed-family vacations in exotic locales together. In other words, they’re very publicly living their best lives together.

However, a wrench was thrown into their happily-ever-after Sunday night when former MLB player Jose Canseco publicly accused A-Rod of cheating on Jennifer Lopez with his ex-wife, Jessica Canseco. In light of all this drama, we’ve compiled the definitive timeline of Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s relationship, all the way from friends to fíances. Take a look!

May 2005

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Before the Puerto-Rican triple threat and the Dominican All-Star were Hollywood’s reigning It Couple, they were mere acquaintances. The pair first met in 2005 at a Yankees vs. Mets Baseball game. At the time, Rodriguez was married to his first wife, Cynthia Scurtis, while Lopez was still married to Marc Anthony.

February 2017

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Lopez and Rodriguez reconnected twelve years later when they ran into each other at a restaurant. According to Lopez, they briefly said hello, but it was her who couldn’t resist continuing the conversations. “After [lunch] I went outside,” she said. “And for some reason I felt like tapping him on the shoulder”. He then asked her out to dinner via text.

March 2017

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By March 2017, neither J-Lo nor A-Rod were trying to hide the fact that they were dating. During the month, they were spotted vacationing together in The Bahamas. ARod’s sister also posted a selfie of herself with JLo, captioning it #miscuñis, which means things were moving along pretty nicely.

March 31st, 2017

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When co-hosting “The View” at the end of March, Rodriguez had only great things to say about his new lady love: “She’s an amazing girl. We’re having a great time”. He also went on to say that J-Lo was “one of the smartest human beings I’ve ever met”. And he didn’t stop there! He showered on the compliments by calling her “an incredible mother” who “loves family”.

April 2017

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By April, it was J-Lo’s turn to gush about her boo-thing on the talk-show circuit. While being grilled about her new boyfriend by Ellen (naturally), Lopez called Rodriguez “a great guy,” this 100% confirming their relationship.

May 2017

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Never one to do things half-heartedly, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez made their public debut as a couple at arguably the most prestigious event in the world: the Met Gala, of course. This occasion also marked J-Lo’s debut on A-Rod’s Instagram–and the first of many.

June 2017

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By June 2017, it was obvious to the world that this couple was the real deal. Not only was Rodriguez gushing to the press that Jennifer was the ideal role model for his daughters, the pair was also taking glamorous European trips together and posting their adventures to their millions of followers on Instagram.

September 2017

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We all know that one of the most crucial steps of a relationship is when your signficant other accompanies you to a work event. Lopez and Rodriguez crossed this milestone when A-Rod accompanied her to the premiere of “World of Dance”–a show she stars in and produces. It’s for reasons like this that A-Rod calls her “one of the most brilliant business minds that [he’s] ever met”!

November 2017

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J-Lo and A-Rod took their relationship a step further when they spent Thanksgiving together in Rodriguez’s home. On Instagram, they shared with their followers that this was one of the many times they combined families for the holiday–further proof that they were very confident with where their relationship was.

December 2017

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Along with the power couple’s magazine cover debut on the December issue of “Vanity Fair”, the duo also debuted their new (and catchy) portmanteau: J-Rod (we’re pretty sure they had it trademarked before they went public).

January 2018

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Lopez and Rodriguez showed their Latinx pride by visiting Puerto Rico in January after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

February 2018

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In the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar, JLo got candid about her relationship with A-Rod and addressed the possibility of a wedding on the horizon. “I do believe in marriage,” she said. “And I would love to grow old with somebody in a committed relationship. But I’m not forcing anything right now. It’s good, it’s healthy; we communicate well…We have a similar makeup.” All signs point to yes!

May 7, 2018

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JLo and A-Rod attended their second Met Gala as a couple in matching couture Balmain outfits, cementing their status as style icons.

July 2018

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Lopez and Rodriguez spent her 49th birthday in one of their go-to vacation spots: The Bahamas. A-Rod took to Instagram to share a cute pic of their blended family on vacation along with a heartfelt tribute to his lady love. ” For someone who has been about giving everything she has 365 days a year—to our children, our families, the world,” he said. “I hope today, we can give you all the happiness you deserve. I love you mucho”.

August 2018

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A-Rod’s reaction to JLo’s epic VMA’s performance last August became a viral sensation, as his pride over his girlfriend’s triple-threat skills were all too apparent. Twitter was full of women wanting a man who looks at them like ARod looks at JLo.

October 2018

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A-Rod continued to support his girlfriend by attending events that were obviously important to her. In October, Rodriguez accompanied Lopez to Elle’s famous “Women in Hollywood” event. That night, he posted a supportive message to JLo on his Instagram: “With two young daughters and a woman I admire by my side, I know how important it is that we raise women up and teach our girls that there is no limit to what they can do.”

December 2018

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According to their Instagram accounts, J-Rod spent New Years eve in Malibu, again with their blended family. Rodriguez’s caption read: “As the sun sets on 2018, from our family to yours … #HappyNewYear everyone!”.

February 2019

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Lopez took her athlete-beau to the ultimate glamour event: The Oscars. The two shined in evening wear and Rodriguez was solidly by her side while she strutted the red carpet and presented awards.

March 2019

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On March 9th, J-Rod announced that they were engaged with mutual Instagram posts sharing the news. The Instagram posts showed off the 15-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring, which is reported to be worth up to a cool $5 million.

March 10th, 2019

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On Sunday night, former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco accused A-Rod of cheating on J.Lo with his ex-wife, Jennifer Canseco. Before we get ahead of ourselves, it’s important to realize that Canseco has a history of making some pretty out-there statements (i.e. asking his Twitter followers to “spend the day with me and my alien Buddies”and insisting that he’s acquainted with “Bigfoot and a real alien”). In other words: there’s reason to doubt his word.

As of now, both JLo and ARod have remained silent in response to these explosive allegations, so there’s no way of knowing the veracity of the claims. Until then, all we can do is speculate and hope for the best!

‘Modern Family’ Says Goodbye In A Time That We Kind Of Need Them The Most

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‘Modern Family’ Says Goodbye In A Time That We Kind Of Need Them The Most

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It’s officially goodbye and lights out for the Dunphy/ Delgado-Pritchettclan. “Modern Family,” the ABC series which had an 11-year run will air a final one-hour retrospective of episode the program’s 250-episode series.

In late February, the Dunphys said their final farewell to fans.

After 11 seasons, the beloved ABC sitcom Modern Family finally is near its conclusion. The sitcom made a star (and a multi-millionaire) out of Sofia Vergara, resulting in her frequently* being named the “highest-paid actress on television”. Not only that, but the television show earned an incredible five consecutive Emmy wins for Outstanding Comedy series, tying with the record previously set by “Frasier” in the ‘90s. Although the series will be returning tonight from the holiday break to resume its final season, it is one of the last time viewers will see the show on their TV screens.

Although ABC had announced back in February of 2019 that the upcoming 11th season would be it’s last, the premiere date of the series’ finale was heartbreak for fans.

Naturally, the “Modern Family”’s farewell episode sparked some sadness among the cast.  “I will probably miss the people the most,” Sarah Hyland, who plays the peppy and boy-crazy Haley Dunphy, told People magazine. Our crew is amazing and, of course, I love our cast, they are very special people.” According to series’ co-creator, Steve Levitan, the show’s ending had been a long time coming, with the writers plotting the finale for the past year and a half.

As for the Latinx community, what they will ostensibly miss the most is Sofia Vergara’s hilarious and affectionate portrayal of maternal Colombian bombshell, Gloria Delgado.

Although Vergara had appeared in small bits in movies and television shows, her turn as Gloria Delgado is what truly solidified her as a household name. Critics praised her performance for being “tonally perfect”, and she established herself as what The Hollywood Reporter called a “formidable comedy actress”. She was even nominated 4 times for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. As for the criticism that her character was feeding into harmful stereotypes as the “fiery Latina”, Vergara paid it no mind, saying, “I am Gloria, my mother is Gloria, my aunts are Gloria. [Gloria is] colorful, she’s honest, she’s out there, she cares about people. She’s loud, but I am loud. She’s crazy, but I am crazy.”

Vergara, for her part, is confident that Gloria’s story will end exactly how it’s supposed to. “Gloria has such a great life and such a beautiful family that I think anything that the writers have prepared for her, I’m going to be happy with,” Vergara recently told BuzzFeed. “I’m sure that it’s gonna be great, like all the seasons’ finales.”

“Modern Family” will air its series finale April 8 at 9 p.m. on ABC, after a one-hour retrospective.