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Aubrey Plaza named on Rolling Stone's Hot List

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<p><i>Rolling Stone</i> November 10, 2011<br>
<u>Hot List 2011: Hot Funny Girl: Aubrey Plaza</u><br>
by Jonah Weiner<br>
photo by David Black</p>

<p><i>The 'Parks and Recreation' star has a black belt in bone-dry, deadpan laughs</i></p>

<p><a href="http://losangeles.ucbtheatre.com/talent/view/3831">Aubrey Plaza</a> negged Ryan Gosling hard one time, but she swears she didn't mean to. "I was at this juice bar, and he came in," the <i>Parks and Recreation</i> star recalls at a softball diamond in Encino, California, where members of the Parks cast and crew are getting their asses handed to them by some Disney show.</p>

<p>"I didn't recognize him. He said, 'I'm a big fan of the show,' and I said, 'Thank you. Are you an actor?' He kind of smirked and said, 'Yeahhh...' I asked his name, and he said, 'Ryan,' but it didn't click. I was like, 'We worked together, didn't we? You look so familiar.' He kept smirking, like I was messing with him. I got my juice and left." Plaza sighs. "I missed my shot." She's summoned to the plate, where she slams out a base hit. "She's got a hell of a swing," a crew dude says on the bench. You can't blame Gosling for being wary around Plaza.</p>

<p>At 27, with scene-stealing roles in <i>Funny People</i> and on <i>Parks</i> - in which she plays the eternally eye-rolling April Ludgate - she's proven a deadpan black belt. (Google the <i>Leno</i> appearance where Plaza gives Steven Tyler a master class in stilted timing.)</p>  

<p>"I'm pretty sarcastic, so people that don't know me may think I'm a bitch," she says. What keeps her from seeming mean is her shyness and tamped-down goofiness.</p>

<p>Of her awkward late-show appearances, she says, "I'm not supercomfortable in my skin. I have to make it work for me, and that usually amounts to making it uncomfortable for everyone else."</p>

<p>Growing up in Wilmington, Delaware, Plaza was a class clown. When she decided her Catholic school needed a mascot, she put on a cape and a beekeeper's mask: "I'd climb the scaffolding and pretend I was going to fly off. The nuns would get upset."</p>

<p>She became student-council president and, while at NYU, took improv classes with the Upright Citizens Brigade. Scoring a manager, she landed <i>Parks</i>, <i>Funny People</i> and <i>Scott Pilgrim vs. the World</i>, all in a single week.</p>

<p>She's got more on the horizon, including <i>The Hand Job</i>, about a prude on a sexual-experimentation spree, and <i>Safety Not Guaranteed</i>, about two writers who answer an ad from a guy looking for someone to go time-traveling with.</p>

<p>Her challenge now is showing range without betraying her instincts. "My people would love it if I smiled more, if I was more 'approachable,' " she says. "I don't give a shit about being approachable, but I do care about a big-time director thinking, 'She couldn't be a vulnerable emotional lead in my big Oscar-worthy film.' Would I smile for that? Yes." And then she smiles.</p>

<p>(<a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/photos/photos-parks-and-recreation-star-aubrey-plaza-has-a-black-belt-in-deadpan-humor-20111028" target="new">source</a>)</p>