Aubrey Plaza who has been in Parks and Recreation, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Monsters University, Legion and more, is celebrating her birthday today (June 25, 2020)! Did you know Aubrey Plaza went to Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware? Here’s some amazing facts about the amazing and hilarious actress!
She portrayed April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation, and after appearing in supporting roles in several films, had her first leading role in the 2012 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed.
Her inspiration for playing April Ludgate was her younger sister Natalie.
After performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, she appeared in the web series The Jeannie Tate Show.
Plaza was cast for Parks and Recreation before they knew who she would be playing.
She later appeared in films such as Funny People and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Plaza was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the daughter of Bernadette, an attorney, and David Plaza, a financial advisor.
Went to all-girls, Catholic school Ursuline Academy in her hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
In high school, a very talented young man asked Aubrey out by serenading to her in front of a crowd of people.
Plaza was named after the song “Aubrey” by Bread. Plaza has stated: “I was like the only diverse kid in my high school, and I am half-Puerto Rican.
Turned down Ryan Gosling twice.
"I have a huge family and tons of first cousins in Puerto Rico.”
Plaza has performed improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater since 2004.
Was kicked out of the MTV Movie Awards for crashing Will Ferrell's acceptance speech for the Comedic Genius Golden Popcorn award.
Is a member of the Los Angeles-based basketball team the Pistol Shrimps, alongside actresses Molly Hawkey and Angela Trimbur.
In 2008, she participated in the Improv Everywhere prank “Mobile Desktop”, in which she and two other people brought desktop PCs, including a CRT monitor, tower computer, keyboard and mouse into a Starbucks and used them as people use laptops there.
She played April Ludgate, the deadpan employee 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.
Aubrey Plaza voiced the Greek Council President in Monsters Inc University
Fun Facts You Never Knew About The Office
Angela Kinsey was a phone operator for 1-800-Dentist when she auditioned for the show.
The temperature on set had to be kept at a cold 64 degrees Fahrenheit. This was because, according to Rainn Wilson who played Dwight, Steve Carell had active sweat glands that could ruin a shot.
Jim and Pam's first kiss was John Krasinski's first on-screen kiss.
Steve Carell called in sick during the writers' strike with a case of "enlarged balls." Without him on set, production was put immediately on hold.
Phyllis Smith was a NFL cheerleader and a burlesque dancer. "It was just the perfect job for me at the time," she told Yahoo of working with the St. Louis Cardinal cheerleaders. "I really enjoyed it because I loved football, so I was able to watch the game, dance, and be there and look at the cute guys across the field. So it was the triple threat there." She then transitioned into burlesque, though "there was no stripping. We had strategically placed feathers and G-strings with feathers covering our rumps."
The computers in the office actually had Internet. They did this for every computer on set so that there was a sense of realism while filming.
Jim and Pam's proposal scene was the most expensive shot on the show. It was a $250,000 shot. The team built a replica rest stop in the back of an empty parking lot behind a Best Buy.
Rainn Wilson auditioned for the role of Michael Scott.
John Krasinski wore a wig in season three. It turns out Krasinski was shooting the movie "Leatherheads" at the same time, and he had to shave his head in order to play a 1920s football player
"The Dinner Party" is the only script that was never rewritten. "Most scripts get rewritten, and I think this was the only one ever done that didn't," co-writer Gene Stupnitsky told the Rolling Stone. "The only thing that was changed was that in our first draft Jan hits the neighbor's dog and kills it on purpose."
Melora Hardin was the inspiration for Jan's boob job. "I turned to [executive producer Greg Daniels] and said, 'It's funny, I'm looking around at the females in our cast, and I'm thinking nobody in our cast has a boob job.' Now, I'm not sure that I'm totally right about that, by the way, but that's what I thought. His wheels just started turning in that moment," Hardin told Rolling Stone. "It was just so funny to see. That was when he thought, 'Ding-ding-ding-ding! Jan's getting a boob job!'"
John Krasinski shot some of the footage for the opening credits.
Mindy Kaling used to make up lies about their co-workers to mess with B.J. Novak. One time, according to New York Daily News, she even convinced him that showrunner Greg Daniels used to date one of the show's actresses, making Novak afraid to give criticisms during edits.
Seth Rogen auditioned for the role of Dwight. seth rogen the office
Adam Scott auditioned for the role of Jim.
Steve Carell improvised the kiss between Michael and Oscar. In "Gay Witch Hunt," Michael kisses Oscar as a show of support for his homosexuality. But as Nunez reached out for a hug, Carell blindsided him with a kiss— making Nunez's uncomfortable reaction — and the shock of the rest of the cast totally real.
John Krasinski almost sabotaged his own audition. A man in the waiting room asked him if he was nervous, and Krasinski boldly responded: "I love the British show so much and Americans have a tendency to just really screw these opportunities up. I don't know how I'll live with myself if they ruin it for me." Unfortunately for him, he was running his mouth to the executive producer.
Phyllis Smith was an assistant casting director for "The Office," but the producers were drawn to her. Her line readings were so strong opposite actors she was auditioning that the producers asked her to act instead. Thus, sales rep Phyllis Lapin-Vance was born.
Michael's girlfriend Carol was played by Carell's real-life wife. Nancy Carell, who is an actress in her own right, was cast as Carol, Michael's realtor girlfriend. It's even better rewatching their scenes together (especially in "Casino Night") knowing this bit of information.
Jenna Fischer kept Pam's engagement ring. "While true that I kept the engagement ring Jim gave to Pam, it was a silver prop ring, not worth $5,000," she explained on Twitter, "and I do not wear it in real life."
Dwight's cousin Mose is played by writer Michael Schur. "Playing Mose Schrute was a waking nightmare," Schur told Entertainment Weekly of the silent but bizarre character. "My boss, Greg Daniels, forced me to do it as a way to cause me pain. And it was terrible. The first time I did it, I had to grow a real neckbeard. Every time after that, he ‘let' me use a fake beard, which is maybe worse because those beards are terrible."
And, finally, everyone choked up singing "Seasons of Love" in honor of Michael. "It was so emotional!" Paul Feig said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, who directed the finale. "I was prepping [for the next episode] and my assistant said, 'You should come down here.' The first time they started singing that song, everyone choked up in real life. It really started to land for people that the end is coming."