Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 18: Aubrey Plaza attends the 75th Directors Guild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton on February 18, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

Delaware’s Aubrey Plaza Got Parks And Rec Role by ‘Acting Weird’!

WJBR is proud to be Delaware and proud of our own Aubrey Plaza!

If you did not know, Aubrey was born here in Wilmington in 1984 and is a Ursuline Academy graduate.

Most recently Aubrey has received rave reviews on her role as Harper on the HBO hit ‘The White Lotus”, but her first widespread claim to fame was her break through role as April on NBC’s ‘Parks and Recreation’.

Aubrey recently opened up about auditioning for producer Mike Schur for her ‘Parks And Recreation’ role and how she landed the gig.  In an interview with The New Yorker spoke about her audition that she did not think was an audition…

“I had no idea that was even an audition. I was wearing jean shorts and just acting weird, according to Mike Schur. I don’t know what I was doing that was weird; I just didn’t know how meaningful the meeting was.”

Aubrey continued,

“Schur ‘always says, like, ‘And then I met the weirdest person I’ve ever met when she walked in.’ And I’m still, like, ‘What did I do that was so weird, other than just be myself?'”

“All I remember is that I was a huge fan of The Office, the meeting was on the set of The Office, and I kept seeing Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak walk by. I was, like, ‘Oh, my God. They’re on The Office. I couldn’t believe it. Because I had never been on set like that before. . . . so I was distracted.”

When the New Yorker asked her about being the “most famous person from Delaware” she responded…

“Yeah, the News Journal, which is a Delaware newspaper, did an online poll: “Who’s the most famous person in Delaware?” And I won! I beat Joe—this was before he was the President, but he didn’t get second place. He got, like, sixth place. It was me, maybe Valerie Bertinelli, and Henry Heimlich, the guy who created the Heimlich maneuver. I’m pretty sure it was us three. Or Judge Reinhold—also from Delaware. Ryan Phillippe. I could go on.”

Keep on “acting weird” Aubrey, and keep on making us Delaware Proud!

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