Aubrey Plaza Named One Of The 15 Breakout Stars to Watch This Summer
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Aubrey Plaza has been named #1 on the list of “15 Breakout Stars to Watch This Summer” by Next Movie!
Starring in: “Safety Not Guaranteed” (June 8)
Step aside, Michael Cera, Aubrey Plaza has become the Jester of Awkward Comedy. She first burst on the scene in the sketch group Derrick Comedy’s first feature “Mystery Team,” but it took the TV show “Parks and Recreation” to showcase Plaza’s deadpan comedic skills. In her first leading role, Plaza plays Darius Britt, a curious journalist who goes out to meet and interview a man who has posted a Craiglist ad looking for a partner to travel back in time. The kicker? This is based on a real ad.
There are a lot of things to avoid this summer: blistering sun, bug spray, sweating, sunburns, broken air conditioning, puka shell necklaces. Thankfully, heaven can be found indoors, in a movie theater, with functional air conditioning, popcorn and 90+ minutes of pure cinematic bliss.
This summer Hollywood is giving us a lot of “popcorn flicks” to look forward to: a “Spider-Man” reboot, “Men in Black III,” a second “G.I. Joe” movie and “Battleship,” to name a few. Among all of these big movies are 15 up-and-coming stars who will be heating up the summer. Some of these are people you’ve seen on TV, and some you’ve heard on the radio. All of them are quickly on the rise to silver-screen stardom.
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Michael Ausiello (TVLine.com) spars with Aubrey Plaza over “Parks and Recreation” scoop. Plus a preview of her lead role in “Safety Not Guaranteed,” and a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” recreation starring Plaza as Buffy and Zach Woods (“The Office”) as Angel.
The ‘Headboard of Infamy’ and Other Woodworking Updates
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A few weeks ago, Parks and Recreation star and expert woodworker Nick Offerman told Vulture about his plans to carve a “headboard of infamy” for co-star Amy Poehler. So when we caught up with Poehler at last night’s Time 100 Gala, we asked whether she could explain what a “headboard of infamy” actually is. “I don’t know,” she answered. “But it’s so regal, and there’s so much expectation. And I want to fulfill it for him. I just feel like it’s a weird Little House on the Prairie moment. I don’t know. I don’t know what it is!”
So, has Offerman carved anything else for her, since he’s a master craftsman and all? “Well, I have a 2-year-old boy. My second boy’s name is Abel. And we talk about making the Abel Table. You know what he has made me? He has made me happy and fulfilled and all those things. But he hasn’t made me a piece of furniture yet because I feel like he and I both are the crazy sentimentalists on the show. Nick and I could cry every day, all day about how lucky we are. We put too much import on everything. So I think we’re probably waiting for, like, the perfect table. So I should probably just have him, like, quickly make me a bench and just get it over with.”
Aubrey Plaza, meanwhile, has managed to get a dining room table and two bookshelves from Offerman. “My dining room table is like a slab of eucalyptus trunk, and it’s awesome,” she explained. “He made two benches to go with it, and it’s really craggly and kind of rough around the edges.” Does she pay him? “Yes, he charges us double.” As for that “large wooden dildo” that Offerman was carving per request, neither Poehler or Plaza could identify the castmember in question — though both had an idea who might be behind the order. “That sounds like a Pratt request,” guessed Poehler. “It was not me! Not me! I shall not take credit for that.” Plaza’s take? “I think it’s for himself. I’ve heard that in his spare time, he carves as many penis and balls as he can.”
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Aubrey Plaza’s deadpan approach to humour.
As April Ludgate, the perpetually aggrieved and pathologically work-averse intern-turned-executive assistant on Parks and Recreation, Aubrey Plaza is arguably TV’s reigning queen of deadpan. In a cast filled with exuberant performers like Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari, her character’s role is to poke holes in the lighthearted atmosphere. During a single scene, Plaza can go from her default setting of disinterest to full-on malevolence; there’s nobody in prime time who can do more with a curled lip or a brief, withering glare.
The role was actually written specifically for Plaza, who speaks the same halting cadence as her character. In fact, she has been carefully cultivating this po-faced persona in films like Funny People (2009), in which she plays an acerbic aspiring comedian — a partially autobiographical detail, since Plaza paid her dues on the stand-up circuit. But the 27-year-old Delaware-born actress admits she’s happier — and funnier — as a member of an ensemble. “I trained as an improviser at the Upright Citizens Brigade, which is a really collaborative environment where everyone supports each other and you’re sort of supporting your teammates,” she says. “Stand-up is fun, but it’s also terrifying to me. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
She had an easier time — and got to stretch her acting muscles a little bit — in Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, a comedy about a group of girlie do-gooders that had its Canadian premiere last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is the kind of bright-eyed, open-hearted work that a hipster like April would probably scoff at. But that’s what attracted Plaza to the material — she doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as a sourpuss performer. “I think that ‘pre-ironic’ would be a good way to describe Stillman,” she says. “There was no sense of irony when we were shooting it. He really loves his characters.”
Plaza is interested in writing screenplays, but right now she’s actually penning a young-adult novel for Penguin. “Last year, I did five movies in a row without a break,” she says. “Now I’ll have some time to work on my own stuff.” That’s where the actress and her character finally diverge; April, who never met a job she couldn’t procrastinate on, would never say that.
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Aubrey Plaza is featured inside the May 2012 issue of “Glamour” magazine with her co-stars from the film “Damsels in Distress”.
From left, stars of this month’s comedy Damsels in Distress: Aubrey Plaza, 27; Greta Gerwig, 28; Carrie MacLemore, 26; Analeigh Tipton, 24; and Megalyn Echikunwoke, 28.
The Sarcastic One
You know Plaza as Parks and Recreation’s deadpan assistant, April. Her style? “I went to Catholic school, so a plaid skirt, a button-down and leather shoes were all I knew,” she says. “That’s still how I dress.”
The Nerdy One
Gerwig jumps effortlessly from mainstream hits (No Strings Attached) to indies (Greenberg). “In high school, all I wanted was a T-shirt that said BEBE in rhinestones,” says Gerwig. “That’s what all the popular girls wore.”
The Sweet One
MacLemore makes her feature-film debut in Damsels. “I’m obsessed with white sundresses,” says the Alabama native, who recently got married to her hometown sweetheart. “He was my blind date to the debutante ball!”
The Low-Key One
Tipton got her start on America’s Next Top Model and broke out in Crazy, Stupid, Love. “I wear high-tops all the time,” Tipton says. “They’re held together with duct tape. When I have a date, I have to ask, ‘We’re going to a dive bar…right?’”
The Fashion-Forward One
Echikunwoke has done the TV circuit (CSI: Miami, 90210) and is now moving into the major leagues. “I change, like, three times a day,” she says. “I’ll put something on and be like, ‘Eh—over it.’ I don’t know why!”
“Parks and Recreation” has been named as a winner at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards! The winners, chosen by the Peabody board as the best in electronic media for the year 2011, were named in a ceremony in the Peabody Gallery on the University of Georgia Campus.