Aubrey Plaza - Hot Video: Prom Date with Jason Bateman and Will Arnett

Monday, October 12, 2009

Aubrey Plaza - Makes the Elle 25 (photo)

#2 Aubrey Plaza: The new funny girl

Given the circumstances, there couldn’t be a less surprising career arc than that of 25-year-old Aubrey Plaza. She attended an all-girls Catholic high school in Delaware, where the official handbook afforded a single loophole—“It didn’t say you couldn’t have fake facial hair. I almost wore my mustache to detention, but I thought that was pushing it”—and has grown up in the YouTube age idolizing funny women. (“Tina and Amy are my heroes.”) Then there were the weekly improv classes in Philly. (“I researched how people got on SNL—their bios always said they came from improv.”) As wry as Sarah Silverman and as grounded as any Groundling, Plaza, a deadpan ace, was first noticed by SNL regular Bill Hader, whose wife, Maggie Carey, cast her in the perfectly absurd Web series The Jeannie Tate Show.

Plaza costarred in Judd Apatow’s Funny People, snagging the role of a stand-up comic with a tape of her first gig. This month, she’s back in NBC’s Amy Poehler–ized Parks and Recreation, and she’ll continue her costar-of-every-hilarious-actor tour with Michael Cera in next year’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Celluloid suits her, but she’ll be damned if she’s giving up the mic. “With stand-up, it doesn’t matter who you are,” she says. “If the audience claps because they love your movies, that clapping stops after five seconds, and then it’s your job to make them laugh. It’s kind of bada$$.”


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