neptune_lvr (neptune_lvr) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Parks & Recreation photo bomber!

Keep those eyes peeled while watching your favorite show -- there is a chance "Parks & Recreation" star Aubrey Plaza is mulling about in the background. Taking the photobombing trend to the next level, Aubrey revealed in a new interview that she's started sneaking onto the sets of other TV series in hopes of getting caught in the background.

"I told the [producers] I wanted a bike to ride around the CBS lot because I used to steal the transpo guy's bike and try to sneak into shots of other TV shows. I think I rode through a 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' scene once. So the producers gave me my own bike -- it's a little girl one with tassels and a basket," she told's PopWrap. "I think it's called photo bombing ... I'm the bike bomber."

Whole IV under the cut, she adorably talks about upcoming P&R stuff (ditching the gay boyfriends!) and the worst job she ever had


Heed warning fair reader, the following interview with "Parks & Recreation" star Aubrey Plaza could be located in a dictionary under the word "deadpan." Much like her Pawnee character April, Aubrey isn't a bubbly, gum-chewing 20-something who tacks a giggle on to the end of her sentences and dots her I's with hearts. She's smart, dry and totally sarcastic. Unless her claim to be hungover was actually true. Wait a sec ... maybe I don't understand her at all.

Nah, I'm gonna stick with my original thesis since it means Aubrey is one of the most disarmingly hilarious people I've ever had the chance to interview. In addition to teasing her "P&R" characters' future (hint: double amputation!), Aubrey revealed the worst job she ever had, how she secretly plans to star on "CSI: NY" and why two gay boyfriends are better than one.

PopWrap: Congrats on the third season pickup, that had to be an exciting day on set.
Aubrey Plaza: Yeah, I feel like I'm still in shock. We're all so happy. When we found out on Friday, Nick Offerman [plays Ron Swanson] actually stood up on a table, ripped his shirt off and started screaming like a gorilla. I think that kind of expressed what we were all feeling.

PW: I had a feeling the down time might be just as watchable as what makes it to air.
Aubrey: Yeah, I would agree. We have a lot of fun, we're always trying to make eachother laugh and doing weird bits. Aziz [Ansari, plays Tom] is always singing while Amy and I have our own secret language. There's a lot of craziness going down.

PW: Can I ask you to elaborate on this secret language?
Aubrey: No. I can't. Sorry.

PW: Because if you told me, you'd have to kill me?
Aubrey: Yes, if I told you anything about our secret language, I wouldn't have to kill you -- Amy would. I can tell you it's slightly Hispanic and very, very scary.

PW: Another thing you guys do during downtime is make little viral videos -- in one, you inform Chris Pratt what the negatives of hearing yes all the time are.
Aubrey: Look, it's really difficult when the only answer you get from people constantly is yes. You want someone to challenge you every once in a while. So I've just started coming up with weird requests in an attempt to stump people, but they always pull through.

PW: What's the weirdest thing you've asked for and gotten?
Aubrey: I told them I wanted a bike to ride around the CBS lot because I used to steal the transpo guy's bike and try to sneak into shots of other TV shows. I think I rode through a "Curb Your Enthusiasm" scene once. So the producers gave me my own bike -- it's a little girl one with tassels and a basket.

PW: So we should keep an eye peeled during any show filmed on the CBS lot because you might be just mulling around in back?
Aubrey: That's right. I think it's called photo bombing ... I'm the bike bomber.

PW: Everyone keeps talking about how the show was "2009's most improved," what do you think about that?
Aubrey: [Creator] Greg Daniels once said that when you have a first season that consists of six episodes, you have to view season two as extension of that. It takes more than 6 episodes to get on a rhythm, so I think about it like that. Once you get passed the exposition and set up the world, you allow the characters to start playing together. I think that's what people are having fun watching now that they've gotten to know us a bit.

PW: When you first started creating April, where did she come from?
Aubrey: Greg and Mike [Schur] talked to me about this intern character and I remember relating to that immediately because I've had so many internships. So they asked me about those and I told them, "I did nothing and hated every second of it." So having a character that doesn't want to be there is funny -- especially next to Leslie, who is such a go getter, trying to inspire her.

PW: What was the worst job you had?
Aubrey: There were a lot. I was an intern for Samba Post-Its and one day my job was to literally wallpaper a bathroom with Post-Its. That was one of the worst things I've ever had to do.

PW: One of my favorite things about April is her bisexual boyfriend and his boyfriend -- where did the idea for this weird threesome come from?
Aubrey: Actually, I think it was my idea. Originally she just had a regular boyfriend, but I kind of felt like April is a little more complicated than that. I didn't think she would just have a regular boyfriend, she'd have a gay boyfriend.

PW: But she's kind of in love with Andy.
Aubrey: She's very into Andy. And I think he's completely unaware of that. I like seeing that side of her, when she actually cares about something.

PW: How is that going to work if she has to break up with her two gay boyfriends for Andy?
Aubrey: You're going to actually see her deal with that. There's a conflict coming up because Derek and Ben aren't into Andy -- he brings out another side of April they have seen before. So she's got to choose. And I think she makes a wise choice.

PW: What else can we look forward to in tonight's episode, "Sweetums?"
Aubrey: We eat a lot of sugar and freak out. If you want to watch that you should tune in tonight. Basically tonight's episode is a commentary on high fructose corn syrup -- it's a very issue-based episode. Leslie brings in these disgusting Sweetums and we all experience the sugar high together. So you get to see us all lose our minds. Then April gets both of her arms amputated, so for the rest of the show, she has no arms.

"Parks & Recreation" airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on NBC

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