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Aubrey Plaza featured in Nylon Magazine's Young Hollywood issue


Nylon May 2009
Fast Future Generation '09: Aubrey Plaza
by Mallory Rice

In Hollywood, there is a light that never goes out.  The 39 young actors over the next 30 pages are carrying the torch.  Meet the new class.


It was in a "really shady basement bar" in Queens, New York, before an audience of 10 or 15 people drinking in the dark, that 24-year-old comedic actress Aubrey Plaza secured herself a role in Judd Apatow's star-studded upcoming film Funny People.  The part that she was auditioning for was that of a stand-up comedian, and being most experienced in improv, she thought it might help Apatow make his decision if he saw a video of her taking a stab at it first.

"People were like, 'Don't send that, it looks like shit,'" she says, smiling.  "But in my head I was like, Judd Apatow is all about real people.  I think he would dig it."

And he evidently did, because shortly after the YouTube link reached him she was booked, alongside the likes of Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, and Adam Sandler.  "[I'm] the only not-famous person," she says with a laugh. "I have a memory of being on set and watching it like I wasn't a part of it.  I had to remind myself, like, 'You know, you're in this, too.'"  Plaza, who seems to fit quite nicely as the little sister version of other pretty, funny girls like Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey will also be seen alongside the former in the eagerly anticipated new TV show Parks & Recreation.

"If I can make Amy Poehler laugh, that makes my entire day," she says, her eyes lighting up behind shaggy brown bangs.  "If I say something and she laughs, I'm like, 'OK, I'm done now.'"