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Aubrey Christina Plaza is an American actress and comedian who has gained popularity with her deadpan-style comedy. She provided the voice for Eska in The Legend of Korra.

The Legend of Korra credits

Eska

Character information: Eska

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Television work

Filmography

Other credits

Biographical information

Personal life

Plaza was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the daughter of Bernadette, an attorney, and David Plaza, a financial advisor. She has two younger sisters, Renee and Natalie, both of whom she uses for a source of inspiration for the character of April.

Plaza was named after the song "Aubrey" by Bread. Her father is Puerto Rican and her mother is of Irish and English descent. Plaza has stated that "[she] was like the only diverse kid in [her] high school ..."

She is a graduate of Ursuline Academy in 2002 and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2006. While at NYU in 2004, Plaza suffered a stroke that caused temporary paralysis and expressive aphasia, but has fully recovered.

Career

Plaza has said that she has had many internships and that she "was an intern for Samba Post-Its". One of her jobs was to "literally wallpaper a bathroom with Post-Its". She also worked as an NBC page.

She has been performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater since 2004. She also recently began performing stand-up and has appeared at the Laugh Factory and The Improv. In 2008, she was seen in the Improv Everywhere prank "Mobile Desktop", in which she and two other people brought desktop PCs, including a CRT screen, tower computer, keyboard, and mouse into a Starbucks and used them just as people use laptops there.

Plaza starred in the online series The Jeannie Tate Show, and starred as Robin Gibney in ESPN's Mayne Street. She also appeared in the first episode of Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz on Funny or Die. She played Seth Rogen's love interest, Daisy, in 2009's Funny People directed by Judd Apatow. She also had roles in the comedy films Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Derrick Comedy's Mystery Team, which debuted at 2009 Sundance. She appeared in a CollegeHumor short alongside Jason Bateman and Will Arnett. She plays April Ludgate, the deadpan intern in Parks and Recreation, and has a recurring role as the Princess in the comedic sci-fi web series Troopers on CollegeHumor.

On March 12, 2010, Plaza performed at A Night of 140 Tweets: A Celebrity Tweetathon for Haiti, produced by Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Ben Stiller, and Mike Rosenstein, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.

In 2010 she had several guest appearances in Portlandia and in 2011 appeared as a guest judge during a roast segment on Food Network Star.

In the summer of 2012, Plaza earned her first starring role in a major film, alongside Mark Duplass, in the comedy Safety Not Guaranteed. In the film, Plaza plays Darius, a jaded intern who answers a curious want ad "seeking a companion for a time traveling adventure". Gary Thompson of the Philadelphia Inquirer questions whether this role is out of her usual "pretty slacker" range but finds her performance "compelling".

At the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, Plaza "jumped onstage and tried to wrestle the (Golden Popcorn Award) statue from Will Ferrell's hand" during his acceptance speech; Ferrell integrated the interaction into his monologue as a planned moment, but the unscripted interruption led to Plaza's ejection from the event and to media discussion of it being a Kanye West moment.

Awards

  • 2012: Won an ALMA Award for Safety Not Guaranteed (Favorite Movie Actress - Comedy/Musical)
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