Aubrey Plaza featured in Teen VogueMar 4, 2015
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.
IN THE LOOP, Featuring UCBT's Zach Woods, at IFC Center Starting July 24thMar 4, 2015
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I Love You, Beth Cooper starring Paul Rust opens July 10Mar 4, 2015
The cute, virginal nerd who triumphs in the pleasantly low-key teen comedy I Love You, Beth Cooper fulfills an ambition at once more chaste and more daring than the sexual goals set by the cute, virginal nerds who ruled in Superbad: Right up there on the stage at Buffalo Grove High School's graduation, valedictorian Denis Cooverman (comedy improv regular Paul Rust, from the Adrien Brody school of proboscic grandeur) makes the title declaration to the object of his unrequited affection (Heroes' Hayden Panettiere), a tough little pistol of a cheerleader. Superbrave! Then he speaks his mind to other high school archetypes, including the school bully, the class rich bitch, Beth's bulldog of an older boyfriend, and Denis' own drama-loving best friend who hasn't declared his sexual orientation, leaving his classmates to declare it for him.
The movie, directed with modesty by Home Alone and Harry Potter helmer Chris Columbus from a swell book and screenplay by comic writer Larry Doyle (Buffalo Grove class of '76), follows the fallout from Denis' barn-burning speech -- a cheery night to-remember comedy of outlandish, unlikely coincidences and lively mishaps, culminating in the shared witness of a sweet, hope-streaked sunrise. The story is timeless; this could have taken place when Doyle graduated in '76 -- or any year, really, since the effects of high school linger throughout adult life and nerds are forever. B+
Praise for Paul Rust in I Love You, Beth Cooper:
"I'm looking forward to next films." -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"We've seen nerds pine for less-unattainable-than-expected hotties before, but rarely does it feel this real... and funny." -Luke Y. Thompson, E! Online
"The most realistically dorky leading man in teen movies since Anthony Michael Hall." -Alonso Duralde, MSNBC
"A fine physical comedian." -Ruth McCann, The Washington Post