by Kiko Martinez
In the comedy “Safety Not Guaranteed,” actress Aubrey Plaza (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) plays Darius, a young magazine intern investigating the story behind a classified ad placed by a man searching for a partner interested in time traveling with him. During an interview with EXTRA at the South by Southwest Film Festival this past March, Plaza talked about how the internet has helped her career as a comedian and about her Puerto Rican heritage.
“Safety Not Guaranteed” opens in limited release inChicagoJune 15.
EXTRA: If you could go back in time, what decade would you like to visit?
Aubrey Plaza: I always change my answer on this one. It’s the most popular question I’m asked.
Forget that question. What year would you least like to go back to?
Oh, what was going on then?
(Laughs) I don’t know. I just picked a year because it’s not that long ago.
We see you doing comedy online a lot. As a young comedian do you feel an internet presence is necessary to stay relevant in the industry?
No, but I feel very grateful to the internet in general because I wouldn’t be where I am without it. It helped me out a lot. I did a lot of sketch comedy videos. I did stand up online. I would send my links all around and that helped me get an agent.
I’m assuming since everyone wants to be discovered online these days, that must make for a lot more competition for everyone.
I think so. I think people have realized it’s a way to get their stuff out there.
Does your heritage play an important role in your life? Not many people know you’re part Puerto Rican.
Yeah, I notice every day when I look in the mirror. I mean, half of my family is Puerto Rican, so it plays a big part of my life. I don’t like to go out salsa dancing every night, but I feel very lucky to be part of that community. Just recently I’ve gotten to do a lot of things because I’m Puerto Rican. I went to the Alma Awards and I was nominated for a Hispanic Media Coalition Award. I gave a speech. It was awesome. It was a lot of fun. I’m really glad I’m Hispanic. I get to enjoy the benefits of that and get to eat great food and enjoy my family.
What’s the most Latina thing about you?
Maybe my love of drinking.
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