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Aubrey Christina Plaza is an actress, comedian, and writer best known for her role as April Ludgate on NBC’s hit TV show Parks and Recreation.
She’s starred in several comedy movies, including Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and Scott Pilgrim vs the World, and recently received great acclaim for her role in HBO’s White Lotus.
What Is Aubrey Plaza’s Net Worth
As of 2023, Aubrey Plaza’s net worth is estimated at $8 million. Her wealth has mostly been accumulated from her acting career, though she’s supplemented her income with brand deals, endorsements, and promotional deals.
The following article discusses Aubrey Plaza’s career and net worth, as well as how she’s accumulated her wealth and her accomplishments.
Aubrey Plaza’s Annual Income
Aubrey’s net worth has grown steadily in the last few years, from $2.8 million in 2018 to over $8 million by 2023. She’s seen an increase of around $1 to $1.5 million per year, mostly thanks to her ever-growing acting career.
Her annual income from acting has been estimated at around $970,000.
Her main source of income came from starring on the hit TV show Parks and Recreation on NBC, where she made an estimated $4 million over the course of 7 seasons.
She may not yet be a household name like Audrey Hepburn and Suzanne Somers, but Aubrey is well on her way!
Parks and Recreation is still one of NBC’s most successful shows. While on the show, Plaza is rumored to have earned $200,000 per episode by the last season. Reports believe she began the show at around $20,000 per episode.
Since returning to TV on HBO’s White Lotus, Plaza is now making $250,000 per episode. After her seven-episode character arc, she took home $1.7 million before taxes.
Aubrey Plaza’s Early Life
Aubrey Plaza was born in Wilmington, Delaware on June 26, 1984, to Bernadette and David Plaza, an attorney and financial advisor. She is the oldest of three, with two younger sisters.
Her parents named her after the 1970s song “Aubrey” by Bread.
|Full Name/Real Name:||Aubrey Christina Plaza|
|Nick Name/Stage Name:||Aubrey Plaza|
|Birth Place:||Wilmington, Delaware|
|Birthday:||June 26, 1984|
|Age(How Old):||38 years old|
|Weight:||119 lbs (54 kg)|
|Height(How Tall):||5’6” (1.68 meters)|
|Marital Status:||Married since 2021|
|Parent’s Name:||Father: David Plaza
Mother: Bernadette Plaza
|Siblings:||Brother (s): 0
Sister (s): Natalie Plaza Renee Plaza
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She grew up in a mostly Catholic household, influenced by her Puerto Rican family members from her father’s side. She graduated from an all-girls Catholic High School in 2002 called Ursuline Academy.
Plaza participated in several local theater productions with the Wilmington Drama League and went to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University for her undergraduate degree.
Plaza’s Career Begins
While working as an NBC page, Plaza performed improv and sketch comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York.
Her acting career began in 2006 with the release of 2 independent films. In 2009, Judd Apatow gave her a big break after seeing her perform stand-up comedy, casting her in the movie Funny People alongside Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.
The same year Funny People was released, she was cast in Parks and Recreation. Her character April Ludgate soon became a principle role in the show, leading Plaza to stay on the show from 2009 to 2015.
Her luck in 2009 was unreal, in the same few weeks she booked Funny People, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, and Parks and Recreation.
She took on minor roles on Portlandia and Drunk History. She expanded her reach by doing cameos on podcasts and in music videos – like Father John Misty’s “Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings.”
Her first major film role was in Safety Not Guaranteed, where Plaza played a deadpan intern who answered a want ad looking for a time travel companion.
Plaza’s Career Skyrockets
In 2016, she starred in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates with Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, and Adam DeVine. The film made $77.1 million.
She’s gone on to lead and produce multiple independent films, including Ingrid Goes West, The Little Hours, and Emily the Criminal. Aubrey stars in an average of two films and one series per year.
By 2017, Aubrey was producing several of the films she starred in. Her 2022 film, Emily the Criminal, was the first film she’d produced to premiere at Sundance Film Festival.
Most recently, Plaza joined the cast of White Lotus for their second season as Harper. The show and her role have received great critical acclaim.
Aubrey Plaza may not have received as many awards as Liam Neeson, Keanu Reeves and Henry Cavill, but she has achieved many significant honors throughout his lengthy career.
Aubrey Plaza won the award for Breakthrough Performance by a Female at the 2012 Young Hollywood Awards. The same year she won Favorite Movie Actress for Safety Not Guaranteed at the American Latino Media Arts Awards.
She’s been nominated for several awards including a Golden Globe and MTV Movie and TV award.
She was awarded a Hollywood Critics Association Film Award for Acting Achievement in 2021. She also received an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature in 2018 after the release of Ingrid Goes West.
Her season of White Lotus won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2023.
Aubrey’s Personal Life
She briefly dated fellow Scott Pilgrim actor Michael Cera in 2009, though the two broke up peacefully in 2010.
Plaza began dating her current husband, Jeff Baena, in 2011. Jeff wrote and directed Life After Beth, which starred Plaza and premiered in 2014 at Sundance Film Festival. The two announced their marriage in 2021 in an offhanded comment on Instagram.
At age 20, Plaza suffered a stroke at a party. The episode left her temporarily paralyzed.
A few years later while onset for Parks and Recreation she suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack or mini-stroke. She has since been very careful of her health and has had no more public episodes.
Plaza’s Real Estate Assets
Similar to the singular focus of her income, her investments mainly consist of practical real estate.
In 2016, Plaza bought her home in the Hollywood Hills for $1.6 million. In 2022, she listed the home for $2.25, turning a modest profit within a few weeks.
She bought her new home in the same area for $4.7 million a month after the sale of her previous house.
She does not appear to have any other large assets.
Does Aubrey Plaza have aphasia?
After her stroke at the age of 20, she has temporary expressive aphasia. Meaning, she was able to understand others but could not speak.
Can Aubrey Plaza speak Spanish?
Despite growing up with a Puerto Rican father, Plaza does not speak Spanish fluently. She is now working to learn the language and is gaining the confidence to speak, according to a recent interview.
Is Aubrey Plaza a Part of the Marvel Universe?
Yes, she is set to star in the Disney+ Wanda Vision Spin-off Agatha Coven of Chaos.
Is Aubrey Plaza bi-sexual?
In an interview with People Magazine, Plaza stated that she can “fall in love with girls and guys.”
Does Aubrey Plaza do voice roles?
She was the voice of Grumpy Catin a Lifetime Network holiday movie and has voiced characters in Spongebob Squarepants.