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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Plaza’s career is poised for a big push in 2012. Watch for her in the comedy “Damsels in Distress,” slated for release this month. In the film “Safety Not Guaranteed,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and awaits a distribution deal, Plaza plays a journalist who writes about a man who placed a classified ad. The guy seeks a companion for time travel.
Other upcoming projects include “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan III,” starring Charlie Sheen. Plaza plays Marnie, a producer who works at Sheen’s graphic design company.
Next year, Plaza will star in “The To Do List,” about a high school graduate who is pressured to have sex before college. The film is touted as the female version of “Superbad.”
When asked if Plaza prefers films over TV, she says she loves both. “Movies kind of feel like a camp experience,” she says, “and TV is the only kind of job stability you can have as an actor. A TV series is like a family you can grow with, and it’s always evolving and changing. You’re really developing a fully realized person.”
Success in Hollywood is tough. Staying on top is harder. Fame takes its toll. Plaza is hooked on acting anyway. “There’s something about digging deep and re-creating feelings and moments and truths about human behavior that’s hard to explain,” she says. “It makes me feel like I understand people and the world better—and myself. It’s also a great way to hide and live someone else’s life for a while. It makes me view the world differently and have better perspective on my own life. And it’s really fun.”
Plaza hopes to come full circle, back to where it all started, she says. “I would love to shoot a movie in Delaware someday.”