Aubrey Plaza portrays David’s friend “Lenny Busker.” Despite a life of drugs and alcohol abuse, Lenny knows that any day now her life is going to turn around, which gives her the likable energy of the impossible optimist. Lenny was the chosen vessel for the Shadow King until, during the battle for David’s mind, he abandoned her and slipped into Oliver’s body instead. What’s to become of Lenny now that she is no longer needed?
Plaza starred opposite Elizabeth Olsen in Matt Spicer’s Ingrid Goes West, which was released nationwide by Neon in August 2017. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews, and debuted in theaters nationwide to critical acclaim. Ingrid Goes West also screened at the London Film Festival that same year and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for “Best First Feature.” In addition to starring in the film, Plaza was a producer.
Plaza also starred in and produced Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours opposite Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Nick Offerman and Molly Shannon, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film was released nationwide in June 2017 and was well-received by critics. Plaza starred in two of Baena’s previous films, Life After Beth and Joshy. Additionally, she stars alongside Craig Robinson in Jim Hosking’s An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
She starred in Colin Trevorrow’s critically acclaimed feature Safety Not Guaranteed opposite Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson. The film, produced by Jay and Mark Duplass, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and received the 2013 Independent Spirit Award for “Best First Screenplay” and a nomination for “Best First Feature.” For her performance in the film, Plaza won the 2012 ALMA Award for “Favorite Movie Actress – Comedy/Musical” and the cast was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for “Best Ensemble.”
Plaza’s other film credits include Jake Szymanski’s Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Dan Mazer’s Dirty Grandpa, Zachary Sluser’s The Driftless Area, Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle, Jessie Zwick’s About Alex, Maggie Carey’s The To Do List, Roman Coppola's A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan III, Jamie Linden’s 10 Years, Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Judd Apatow's Funny People and Dan Eckman's Mystery Team. Plaza also voiced a character in Dan Scanlon’s animated feature, Monster’s University, which grossed over $740 million worldwide.
On television, Plaza starred in the Emmy® nominated comedy series Parks and Recreation with Amy Poehler. Plaza played “April Ludgate,” the underachieving assistant to Nick Offerman’s “Ron Swanson” and wife to Chris Pratt’s “Andy Dwyer.” Plaza’s performance on Parks and Recreation garnered her nominations for an American Comedy Award for “Best Comedy Supporting Actress” in 2014 and an Imagen Foundation Award for “Best Supporting Actress/Television” in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Her additional credits include the hit online series The Jeannie Tate Show, ESPN’s original web series Mayne Street, and guest appearances on Welcome to Sweden, 30 Rock and Portlandia.
Plaza has been performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater since 2004. She also recently began performing stand-up and has appeared at the Laugh Factory and The Improv.
Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Plaza is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.