Aubrey Plaza of NBC’s Parks and Recreation: Wilmington Native Is Building a Buzz in Hollywood
Wilmington native Aubrey Plaza builds major Hollywood buzz.
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Adventures in the Big Apple
Plaza graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in 2006. She honed her improv and sketch comedy chops at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.
“I don’t remember ever being concerned about her pursuing acting,” says Bernadette Plaza. “I knew there was really nothing else she wanted to do and she would stop at nothing to do it (whether she became successful at it or not). She was also very levelheaded and chose to study filmmaking at NYU so that she would understand and know all aspects of what goes into making a film.”
“We told Aubrey we loved her and would always support her,” says David Plaza, “but under the surface, we were nervous, concerned we might have to support her for 20 years.”
“My parents always encouraged me,” Plaza says. “I do have them to thank. They believed in me. Now that I’m on TV and not borrowing rent money, they’re really proud.”
Plaza faced her share of setbacks. Bernadette Plaza remembers the time a potential agent told them she had too many young white female actresses. She needed young, African-American males instead.
Minor setbacks like that paled in comparison to the day in 2004 when 20-year-old Aubrey suffered a stroke. She temporarily lost movement on her right side , as well as her power of speech. She regained her speech within a couple of days, and the other symptoms subsided over a few weeks. She has no residual effects, and doctors don’t really know what caused the stroke.
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