Time to find out more about your new favourite bi-con
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If you weren’t already in love with Aubrey Plaza from watching Parks and Recreation, you’ve definitely fallen in love over the past week since watching Happiest Season.
The bisexual actor completely stole the show with viewers everywhere expressing their disappointment that her character Riley wasn’t the one to end up winning K Stew’s heart at the end of the film. There’s even talks of a sequel and people will be mad if it doesn’t provide some justice for Riley.
We’ve got a feeling we might be seeing a lot more of Aubrey, so let’s get to know her better with these five facts that you might not have already known.
She suffered from a stroke when she was 20
In 2004, during a comedy improv class at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Plaza suffered a stroke, that left her temporarily paralysed, as well as with expressive aphasia.
After being discharged from the hospital, she returned home to Delaware where she began her recovery, undergoing extensive speech therapy, and battling anxiety attacks.
Her breakout role as April Ludgate was written for her
April wasn’t written into the original script of Parks and Rec, but after meeting with casting director Allison Jones it became clear that Aubrey needed to be a part of the cast. Allison contacted series co-creator Michael Schur and said, “I just met the weirdest girl I’ve ever met in my life. You have to meet her and put her on your show.”
She was the voice of Grumpy Cat
In 2012, Grumpy Cat (RIP) shot to instant fame after appearing in memes everywhere. Naturally, the furry feline was given his own Lifetime movie, and Aubrey was the voice. Who else could be as deadpan as Grumpy Cat?
She once stole from Joe Biden
When she was invited to the White House in 2012, along with Parks and Rec co-stars Amy Poehler and Chris Pratt, to meet then Vice President Joe Biden, Aubrey did not leave empty handed.
She admitted in an interview with Conan O’Brien that she spotted a piece of paper with her name on it, full of talking points, and stole it as a souvenir.
She’s in a relationship with Jeff Baena
We didn’t promise you were going to like all of these facts. Sadly, Aubrey is not single which is pretty heartbreaking for queer women everywhere.
She’s been in a relationship with writer and director Jeff Baena since 2011. Over the years they’ve collaborated on a few projects and supported one another in their professional goals, but we don’t know much else about their relationship as they keep it private for the most part.
Make sure you check out our interview with Happiest Season director and overall queer legend, Clea DuVall, in the latest issue of DIVA!
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