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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.