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Aubrey Plaza featured in Teen Vogue

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Teen Vogue August 2009
Laughing Matter: Aubrey Plaza
by Lindsay Talbot

Aubrey Plaza isn't kidding when she deems this "the best year of my life." In April, she made her debut as Amy Poehler's deeply disinterested intern on NBC's hysterical mockumentary Parks and Recreation. This month, she'll share the big screen with Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill in the sure-to-be-a-hit Funny People. And then she heads to Toronto to play Michael Cera's nemesis in the upcoming film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Basically, the lanky brunette has already worked with everyone who's anyone in comedy. "Well, I haven't met Tina Fey yet," Aubrey deadpans in her trademark monotone.

Her stony-faced shtick is hardly an accident: The 25-year-old has been working on it since high school. As a freshman at New York University, she began taking classes at Poehler's prestigious slapstick training ground, the Upright Citizens Brigade, but Aubrey also had her sights set on interning at Saturday Night Live, so she relentlessly faxed her resume to their offices until she got an interview. She was hired on the spot: "I literally went from doing nothing at my apartment to watching Ben Affleck rehearse on stage."

With a few recommendations and some viral Internet hype, she's gone from playing a "girl with a massive head wound" (her first film credit) to improv-ing with Team Apatow. The actress is used to holding her own with the guys, though: "On set, it's not like, 'Oh, you're funny for a girl,'" she says. "It's just, 'Are you funny?'" In Aubrey's case, the answer is an emphatic yes.