Aubrey Plaza Gets Candid About Rise in Fame: ‘Apparently I’m Having a Moment’

Her new film, ‘Operation Fortune,’ hits theaters early next month.
Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Plaza.

Aubrey Plaza is a star who continues to skyrocket. Perhaps best known for her role as April Ludgate in Parks and Recreation, the award-winning actress also starred in last year’s Emily the Criminal and The White Lotus. She recently hosted Saturday Night Live and will appear in next month’s spy thriller, Operation Fortune, alongside Jason Statham.

The 38-year-old is the cover star of C magazine’s spring fashion issue. She chatted with the outlet about everything from her iconic role on Parks and Rec to her experience on SNL and more. 

Of her guest-hosting duties, Plaza shared she’s not entirely sure why she was tapped for the job “because I’m doing the same thing that I’ve always done. It just seems that all of a sudden people started paying attention.”

Plaza also discussed some of the more dramatic roles she’s been taking on recently, which have been somewhat of a departure from her typical deadpan humor.

“Apparently I’m having a moment,” she told the outlet of her recent boost in popularity. “I hope it doesn’t go away soon. Robert De Niro once said, ‘Everybody’s dispensable.’”

Plaza also opened up about what she called her “pretty normal, middle-class upbringing,” noting that she’s somewhat leery of fame because of it.

“I have parents who came from nothing, and I grew up watching them make something of themselves, real American dream-style,” she divulged. “That’s always an underlying thing for me, and I feel lucky that I can tap into some of those experiences and play characters who, I hope, people feel seen by.”

Plaza’s forthcoming film, Operation Fortune, hits theaters on March 3.

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