Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza discusses her new movie, Life After Beth, and reconnecting with her Puerto Rican roots in the March 2014 issue of Latina, which hits newsstands and Nook Newsstand on February 11, 2014.
Plaza has stealthily become a comedic secret weapon in films from Funny People to The To Do List, and tells Latina that when she first realized she was funny, her dream was to grow up to be Adam Sandler.
On her famously awkward TV interviews: “I have a way of dealing with situations where I come off awkward, or people think I’m purposely trying to make things uncomfortable. But normally I’m talking really slowly or there’s a lot of silence because there’s just nothing going on. I’m just totally freaking out, but from the outside perspective it looks like I’m in control.”
On her new film, the zombie romantic comedy Life After Beth: “I think some people will be surprised at how much drama there is—especially with me in it, because I think most people just expect me to be funny all the time.”
On having her peers in high school doubt her Latina identity: “I was winning the diversity awards and people were always calling bullshit on me. I won the Hispanic teenager of the year and I felt terrible. I always felt like I didn’t deserve to win because I was really half [Latino].”
On starting to write and develop her own projects: “It’s hard not to become complacent when you’re on a TV show, because you get kind of comfortable. [But] I’m most happy when I’m creating.”
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