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

Monday, November 30, 2009

Aubrey Plaza interview - MovieWeb (for Funny People DVD)

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

I was wondering how you first heard about Judd's script [of Funny People] 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... 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.

This has to be just a dream movie for any comedic actor. What was a normal day on the set like with all these comedic heavyweights?

Aubrey Plaza: It was really surreal. Adam is one of my heroes and getting to work with Seth and Jonah (Hill) and Jason Schwartzman, every single person in the movie was amazing. It was really scary at first, but everyone was so welcoming. Judd, it's really important to Judd that everyone gets along and it's like a family atmosphere, so he really embraced me and everyone there did, so I felt comfortable immediately. Also coming from UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) and coming from a comedy community like that, it actually was a really smooth transition. It felt like just hanging out backstage with my comedy buddies in New York. Seth and Jonah and those guys, they're just normal, funny guys, you know, but I guess they're also famous movie stars.

I'm also a huge fan of Parks and Recreation and it was quite an interesting episode this past week. Will we see maybe a bit more of April and Andy's relationship continuing for the rest of the season?

Aubrey Plaza: Yeah, definitely. I can't give away too much, but you'll definitely see more scenes with myself and Andy. I'm glad you like the show, thanks.

Oh yeah. The show has really been hitting its stride this season.

Aubrey Plaza: Yes, definitely. I'm glad people are watching it.

I'm curious if there's any kind of cliffhanger planned for the midseason break, and if you have any thoughts about how your character might be evolving throughout the rest of the season?

Aubrey Plaza: Honestly, I have no idea (Laughs). I don't read any of the scripts until a week or two before, so I have no idea what's going to happen. I do know that there will be more April and Andy, but other than that, I don't know. The scripts are crazy. Each week, the stuff they have us get into, there's always something that totally surprises me, so whatever it is, I'm sure it's going to be really great. But I don't know what it is (Laughs).

There has been a lot of buzz about Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World as well. Can you talk about the overall experience on that film?

Aubrey Plaza: That movie was crazy. It was a crazy experience, working with Edgar (Wright), who I was such a huge fan of, and Bill Pope was the DP, who did The Matrix and Team America: World Police. He was this genius guy and Edgar's a genius and Michael Cera is like a comedy genius guy. I don't know, it was really crazy. It was really different, coming off of Funny People, it was really strange. The styles were so different. Edgar is so precise and everything is faster and really specific. Working with him was really awesome because I was learning how to work in a different way. I was so used to Judd just turning the camera on and just letting it roll forever, so yeah, it was a learning experience, for sure, but it was so much fun. I've seen 20 minutes of it and its like nothing I've ever seen before. I think it's going to blow people's minds when it comes out next summer.

Yeah, I read about that. I believe it was Jason Reitman that said he saw 20 minutes of it and couldn't stop raving about it. I'm really excited for it.

Aubrey Plaza: Yeah. It's really special. It's such a crazy combination of visuals, the comic book visuals with the awkward comedy with the action sequences. It's got everything and there are really great actors like Michael Cera and Mark Webber and Alison Pill. All of those guys are just amazing actors too, so it's got every ingredient. And Edgar puts his own touch to it, so it's going to be good. I don't even know how I ended up in that movie. I don't remember how that happened, but I'm glad it did.

...What would you like to say to maybe your fans from Parks and Recreation or people who might not have seen Funny People... about why they should pick up this DVD?

Aubrey Plaza: They should pick up the DVD so they can see me fail miserably on stage, over and over again (Laughs). They filmed every single stand-up show that I did when I was just starting out and it's going to be very hard for me to watch that, but for other people, I think they'll enjoy watching me totally bomb in front of strangers. I would watch it if it was someone else.

... Aubrey, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season of Parks and Recreation.

Aubrey Plaza: OK. Thanks a lot, man. Bye.

You can bring Aubrey Plaza and a ton of other Funny People home on DVD and Blu-ray on November 24.



Sunday, November 29, 2009

Aubrey Plaza - parodies Twilight in "Three Wolf Moon"

Why does Aubrey Plaza need to be on SNL, when she keeps appearing in SNL-like sketches online on sites like College Humor?

Here Aubrey plays the Kristen Stewart character in this spoof on Twilight New Moon.


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Next episode of Parks and Recreation

"The Fourth Floor" - As Tom's green card marriage nears an end, the parks department takes him out on the town to cheer him up.

Thursday, Dec 3rd 830/730c

Aubrey looks good with makeup:

I think Rashida Jones looks better without bangs:


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Aubrey Plaza and Chris interview part 2

This time, Chris turns the camera on Aubrey.

In this interview Aubrey pulls the "prima donna" card.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Switchblade thinks Aubrey Plaza is Hilarious

Does anyone else have a comedy crush on Aubrey Plaza? ‘Cause I sure do. Week after week she manages to steal the show on Parks and Recreation which is no easy feat when you’re up against Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, and Louis CK. Somehow she does it though because she… is… electric awesome.

What’s that deer? What? You’re an alcoholic? Fine, I’ll enable you.



Saturday, November 21, 2009

Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza Interview, Part 1

Preparing for a scene with Aubrey with a pre-scene Aubrey.

Aubrey Plaza interviews Chris. Aubrey's pretty quick-witted here. She makes Chris laugh at the end.

They call this Part 1. So I hope a Part 2 is coming!


Friday, November 20, 2009

Parks & Recreation "Hunting Trip" Thursday, November 20, 2009

Hunting Trip

How can it not be funny with this premise: Ron's annual hunting trip is ruined when someone from the Parks Department shoots him in the head.

Aubrey's not on until 2:47.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Aubrey Plaza - gets the tickets (Parks & Recreation clip)

Leslie is taking names for the banquet.

Aubrey doesn't have any speaking parts in her appearance here. This was cut from the show.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Aubrey Plaza - sweet photo

Here's a pretty sweet photo of Aubrey Plaza:


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Aubrey Plaza - The Gift Basket (Parks & Recreation clip)

Leslie comes clean about getting double dirty.

Aubrey doesn't speak but she's in it.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Aubrey Plaza - finds interesting things in the dumpster (Parks & Recreation)

Pawnee Inspiration

Leslie inspires Ann to get artistic and Ron reveals his personal tastes.

Watch when Ron leaves. Aubrey (April) hits her chair. =^)

Web Exclusive, cut from Season 2, Episode 9 "The Camel"


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Parks and Recreation S. 2 Ep. 9 - 11/12/09 "The Camel"

After one of the murals in City Hall is defaced, Leslie and the parks department compete to come up with a new design.

Full Episode:

And here's an excerpt from that episode (no Aubrey though):

Pleasure Principles

Ron learns Andy's comfort zone during a shoeshine.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Aubrey Plaza - Parks & Recreation photos

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gabe and Linsday fight about "Parks and Recreation"

Even though Lindsay and Gabe are friends, they very rarely agree on anything. Every day, they have a fight about something. [Today it's Parks and Recreations]

gabe: did you like parks and recreation?
gabe: be honest
gabe: do not do that thing you do
gabe: where you pretend to like something you don't like
gabe: out of some kind of moral obligation
lindsay: well, I was keeping expectations extremely low, so it surprised me with being less mediocre than I expected
lindsay: while still kind of mediocre
lindsay: but I knew it would be?
lindsay: Pilots are always weird.
lindsay: ALWAYS
lindsay: every pilot is weird
lindsay: except eastbound and down
gabe: the first episode of Eastbound and Down
gabe: changed things
lindsay: but every other pilot
gabe: that's not a valid argument anymore

lindsay: haha
lindsay: jinx
lindsay: eastbound and down as an example jinx
lindsay: I'm sure if parks and recreation could have had a naked waterskiiing scene, they would.

gabe: jetskiing
lindsay: sorry!
lindsay: yes
lindsay: but you know what surprised me about parks and recreation?
lindsay: they're making leslie a kind of crazy slut?
gabe: what is that, lindsay?
lindsay: which is great?
lindsay: it's a little bit shocking for prime time network tv
lindsay: still
lindsay: especially for a show that seems like it's pandering a little bit to what it thinks americans want
gabe: obviously there are lots of shows that start out rough and get really great later on
gabe: and i have no problem with personally extending parks and recreation a ton of good will
gabe: but there ARE shows that start out great
gabe: West Wing, for example
gabe: first episode of that was already a winner

lindsay: That was another time!
lindsay: Look at 30 Rock, though
lindsay: I remember feeling awkward and weird about the pilot.
lindsay: But now, you look back
lindsay: and it's all there - all of the elements that make the show great are there in the pilot
lindsay: there's just an adjustment that you have to go through with a new show
lindsay: also, if you tend to like weird stuff, they can't do that with the first episode on a network
lindsay: they have to be as broad as possible
gabe: that's such a weird, network-y attitude to have
gabe: you are basically a spokesperson for NBC
gabe: i mean, i think you're right that there are certain realities that have to be faced for a show to survive
gabe: on a major scale
gabe: but i also think that it's weird to say that a show has to be boring and mediocre
lindsay: I'm not saying it's how it should be!
lindsay: no
gabe: well, you're kind of saying that
lindsay: I don't think it needed to be that mediocre.
gabe: Arrested Development, another great pilot
gabe: also: Friday Night Lights
gabe: all shows with outstanding first episodes
lindsay: haha
lindsay: all shows with terrible ratings
gabe: well, since i don't make any money off of a show's success
lindsay: in fact, all of our good pilot examples have bad ratings
gabe: i personally do not care about ratings
lindsay: me neither
gabe: that argument is completely beside the point
lindsay: I said, it didn't have to be as mediocre as it was
gabe: that's like saying that Extreme Makeover is good
gabe: because it did really well in the target demo
gabe: last week
lindsay: but it is something to notice
lindsay: come on the itch stick guy was hilarious
lindsay: the itch stick!
lindsay: what was on the end of it? gross!
lindsay: that was the best part for me
gabe: no, the itch stick guy was funny
gabe: not hilarious
gabe: that's the problem
gabe: the highlight of the show was "funny"
lindsay: it didn't last long enough
gabe: nothing was hilarious
gabe: oh come on, it lasted long enough
gabe: there was plenty of itch-stick guy
gabe: in the pilot of Parks and Recreation
gabe: it is not Itch Stick Guy and Recreation
lindsay: they should make the entire show about the itch stick guy
lindsay: and aziz
gabe: it is weird how the show is basically a spin-off of the office but isn't a spin-off of the office
gabe: there is a lot of cognitive dissonance there
gabe: i mean, there's already a Jim and a Michael Scott
gabe: basically
gabe: plus the shaky-cam fauxumentary
lindsay: yes
lindsay: I think we should find out that leslie knope is michael scott's half sister
gabe: the thing is, the UK Office
gabe: actually made contextual sense
lindsay: though that would cause problems with rashida jones
gabe: because the BBC had already run documentary shows
gabe: like The Airport
gabe: and there was one about a cruise ship I think?
lindsay: yeah, I think they'll explain though
lindsay: like maybe next week we'll actually meet the crew
gabe: and here it's already detached from that just on The Office
gabe: it's missing that extra element
gabe: so to then divorce it further into this weird subset
gabe: with cross-over acting from Rashida Jones
gabe: it's weird
gabe: the show feels kind of weird
lindsay: well we're supposed to feel uncomfortable
gabe: haha, that's NOT what i'm talking about
lindsay: so maybe they're not making us uncomfortable enough
gabe: the show is not uncomfortable
gabe: the show is weird
lindsay: like, it just feels like an awkward show
gabe: it is weird for structural reasons
gabe: and that makes me worry
gabe: that it's not just PIlot Blues
lindsay: I guess I believe in the team behind it enough that I think they probably have tricks up their sleeve.
lindsay: that next week will be really different
lindsay: I mean, they have to be one step ahead, right?
gabe: one can hope
lindsay: this can't be all there is.
gabe: but they've definitely painted themselves into some corners
lindsay: I mean that literally: I don't believe it is.
gabe: you did not mean that figuratively
gabe: as in Parks and Recreation is a metaphor for the universe
lindsay: well it sounds really insulting to the show
lindsay: when what I mean is I trust them more
gabe: god forbid
lindsay: I'm really naive
lindsay: and idealistic about television
gabe: god forbid you insult people making hundreds and thousands of dollars to provide entertainment to millions of people
gabe: in an IM conversation
lindsay: that they will never see
lindsay: right
lindsay: no, I just don't want to be wrong later
lindsay: when the show takes crazy turns
gabe: well, you could still be wrong later now
gabe: if the show DOESN'T take crazy turns
lindsay: it's true
lindsay: but I believe it will
gabe: the possibility to be wrong in the future is CONSTANT
gabe: i don't think there is anyone in the entire world
gabe: who thinks "Lindsay Robertson hates Parks and Recreation and is giving it no good will towards finding its footing and being one of her favorite shows of all time yay!"
gabe: there are few certainties in this world
gabe: but your undying devotion towards Thursday night NBC comedies is one of them
lindsay: hahaaha
lindsay: wow
lindsay: it's like ben silverman is my boyfriend
gabe: seriously, i don't even know why you're here, you should be working in NBC's publicity department. you'd probably make more $$$$$
lindsay: maybe I do!
gabe: look, everyone wants amy poehler and aziz ansari to succeed

gabe: i'm also a paul schneider fan
lindsay: I figured
gabe: but i don't think that it's inappropriate to remind this show
lindsay: I think the show is going to take a turn for being about personal lives more than boring government
lindsay: hence the "recreation"
gabe: haha, nice close read of the sitcom title
gabe: you should be a professor of Sitcom Title Semantics
gabe: the argument that pilots are always bad just doesn't float for me anymore
gabe: and that doesn't mean i won't give shows more than a pilot
gabe: but it still makes me wonder why a show isn't great out of the gate
gabe: it's been proven that that's possible
lindsay: I can't think of a show I totally loved out of the gate other than eastbound
gabe: a show will almost inevitably get better as you get more involved with it and understand the characters more deeply
gabe: but if you don't get there in the first couple of episodes
gabe: it makes me wonder why not
lindsay: true
lindsay: look at two and a half men.
lindsay: the first episode had only four or five punchlines about semen said in front of a chiild!
gabe: haha
lindsay: Are you going to watch parks and recreation next week?
gabe: yes
gabe: of course i am
lindsay: ok, me too
gabe: ok
gabe: so did we do it?
gabe: did we solve entertainment?


As a treat, Aubry Plaza, if you're reading this, Angela likes your breasts:


April from EB&D has some magnificent breasts no homo and they look real and
it upsets me sometimes but mostly I'm just jealous.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Aubrey Plaza - Hides behind her chair (Parks and Recreation)

Aubrey's expression is funny in this clip from Season 2, episode 8 of Parks and Recreation.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Aubrey Plaza - attends the banquet (Parks & Recreation clip)

The banquet begins...

April (Aubrey) tells Anne that her major is in Communications.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Aubrey Plaza - As Julie Powers (in "Scott Pilgrim")

Larger image:

Edgar Wright has finally released a first real look at Aubrey Plaza as Julie Powers in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Some of you might remember that we posted a half concealed photo of her giving the middle finger in March. In the film adaptation, Plaza (seen above) plays bitchy Julie Powers, the obnoxious on-off-on-again girlfriend of Stephen Stills, the lead singer and guitarist of Scott’s band, Sex Bob-omb, and Stacey Pilgrim’s (Anna Kendrick) coffee shop co-worker.

You might not know who Plaza is right now, but you will soon enough. The Upright Citizen’s Brigade comic was featured in the Sundance comedy hit Mystery Team and has co-starring roles in Judd Apatow’s Funny People, Scott Pilgrim, and Parks and Rec.



Saturday, November 7, 2009

Parks and Recreation Seas2 Ep8 - 11/5/09 "Ron and Tammy"

Leslie gets upset when she learns the library department wants to take over her lot.

And here's an interesting interview with Nick and Megan:


Friday, November 6, 2009

Aubrey Plaza - gets drunk while waiting (Parks & Recreation)

April makes her own party in the conference room.

So I think this was just Aubrey playing around, but it works pretty well. Not on the show, obviously.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Aubrey Plaza - Parks & Recreation Season 2 preview

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the season 2 of "Parks and Recreation."

Aubrey is in and out of this.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Aubrey Plaza - "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World" video interview talked to actress Aubrey Plaza ("Parks and Recreation") about playing Julie Powers in director Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. In the interview, which you can watch using the player below, Plaza shares her experiences from the casting process to working with DP Bill Pope ("The Matrix") and life on-set.

The film, based on Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel, stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the dream woman of a young slacker (Michael Cera). The only way he can win her heart is by battling and defeating her seven evil ex-boyfriends. Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, Kieran Culkin, Brie Larson, Mae Whitman, Ellen Wong, Anna Kendrick, Mark Webber, Alison Pill and Satya Bhabha co-star.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Aubrey Plaza - in Pawnee Halloween PSA (Parks & Recreation)

Trick or Treat doesn't mean sick or hurt.
You might want to watch this twice. It's hilarious!

This is exclusive for the Web, which means it wasn't included in the episode. Aubrey has some hilarious stuff here that should have made it on the show!

Aubrey plays April playing Linda!

"Poison is invisible!"



Monday, November 2, 2009

Aubrey Plaza - April the Intern (Parks & Recreation clip)

Getting good interns is sometimes just a matter of luck.

Cut from the first episode, Aubry explains how she ended up with that job.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Aubrey Plaza - in Parks and Recreation 10/29/09 "Grege Pikitis"

Season 2 Episode 7

Leslie is tormented by a teenage nemesis and recruits Dave and Andy to help her catch the vandal.

This is up for a limited time. Enjoy!