Aubrey is half Irish and half Puerto Rican.
Aubrey attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Aubrey is named after the 70's song "Aubrey" by The Bread.
Aubrey is a member of New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
Aubrey worked as a NBC page for 4 months.
Aubrey: (On if she speaks Spanish) I wish I was fluent. My grandfather came over from Puerto Rico and raised his kids speaking English so that it would be easier for them to assimilate. My family speaks to me in Spanish, and I respond in English.
Aubrey: I have been obsessed with Judy Garland since I was 12. I don't know why. It's really weird how I got into her. I had to do this project in seventh grade on decades. My decade was the '60s, I think, the decade she died. Some people said that she killed herself and some people said that it was an accidental overdose. For some reason, I got all Nancy Drew-obsessed with trying to figure out how she died. Now I know everything about her, in a creepy way. My room was covered with pictures of her.
Aubrey: (On being recognized) Yeah. It's happening more and more. I think a lot of people are watching Parks and Recreation more now. I get recognized from that a lot. I think I'm one of those actresses that people might recognize, but they don't say anything about it because I'm not that exciting of a person to spot. If people recognize me maybe they keep it to themselves. I have friends like Michael Cera who, when he gets recognized, people go crazy because they can't believe he's in front of them. I don't think I'm at that level yet. It goes unnoticed. But I can feel it sometimes.
Aubrey: (On the best part of being famous) I don't know. Am I famous? Sometimes I get really great shampoo for free. The more stuff I do the more free stuff I get, which is kind of nice.
Aubrey: I'm a film improv comedy nerd. I was really into knowing all the improvisors that were coming out of Chicago. I don't know if that's geeky or not, but I guess it could be to some people. And I'm really into Judy Garland. I listen to her records a lot instead of cool music. I don't know if that's geeky either or just really strange.
Aubrey: Until about sixth grade I was pretty quiet and wouldn't consider myself a class clown during those years. Once I got into middle school I was definitely one of the funny ones. I was always doing some type of weird public prank, dressing up in strange costumes, or doing characters. I was definitely a weirdo. I don't know where it came from. It just kind of happen out of nowhere. I think if you talk to people that I went to school with they'd probably tell you I was a bit of a class clown.
Aubrey: (On if her improv has added plot to Parks and Recreation) Definitely. There's a lot of times where we'll come up with something on the spot, and the writers will catch it in the editing room, and then they'll be like "Wait a minute, this could turn into something." That's kind of how the Andy/April thing started. That was an improvised reaction that I had to him in season one, when they didn't even think that was going to be possible, to have a love arc. It was this one take we did where he's talking about his band and he's trying to describe what kind of music it is, and no one gets it. In my head, I was like, "Well, April would probably get it. Also, April would probably think he's hot, and she'd probably want to flirt with him in some way." So I reacted and added a line where I was just like "I totally get it." And they caught it on camera, and then that kind of sparked something. It's important for us to keep coming up with things on the spot. But ultimately, we don't have to.
It's kind of the best of both worlds for me. It's almost like I know the character so well now that improvising as April is the most fun. I'm UCB trained-I came up learning about game, which is a really big part of the Upright Citizens Brigade theater. They teach you about game, and game in a scene is what makes the scene funny. And oftentimes, it's the character-this is really improv dorky stuff. [Laughs.] But I learned about game so early on, and game can be what's funny in a scene, or it can be a character game. With the show, it feels like we all have our character games down. We know what's funny about our characters, and then we just have to fit that into whatever situation is happening. So it's kind of freeing, because I don't have to worry about who I am at any moment, because Aubrey: (On using her improv background in Parks and Recreation) I know. All I have to worry about is how April would react in any situation, and coming up with that on my feet is the most fun. I can't believe I get paid to do that. And to do it with people like Amy and Aziz [Ansari] and Nick [Offerman] and everyone, because we all kind of speak the same comedy improv language-it works so well. We don't improvise as much as people think we do. The writers are really good, and our scripts are really funny. But there's definitely a lot of opportunity for us to play around, and we get to do that a lot. It's really fun.
Aubrey: I was like the only diverse kid in my high school, and I'm half-Puerto Rican. But yeah, I have a huge family and tons of cousins in Puerto Rico. We actually hung out with them last summer, and it was awesome. But I wish my grandfather had taught my Dad Spanish when he was younger so he could've taught me when I was younger, and sometimes he does, too. It's a shame.
Aubrey: (On her first time doing stand-up) It's terrifying. When you improvise, you work off the laughs from the audience, but when you step on stage to do standup, it's silent. But most of the time [the audience] wants you to succeed. Unless you do a show for a bunch of drunk people who want to make fun of you-then you kind of have to throw your set out the window and just deal with what's in front of you.
Aubrey:I was at NYU, and Bill Hader's wife Maggie Carey saw me [perform] at Upright Citizens Brigade [in New York]. She was the co-creator of this web series, The Jeannie Tate Show, and they needed someone to play the delinquent teenager. We did the first episode with Bill, not even thinking it would turn into a series, but it worked so well and turned into this bigger thing. Warner Bros. ended up buying it and I got an agent, which catapulted me into this next level of auditions.
Aubrey: (On how she got into comedy) When I was in high school I was a really huge SNL fan. I remember the cast around the time I started watching it-Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Cheri O'Teri, Tracy Morgan. I did research to find out how people got on the show. Their bios always said they came from an improv team, so I started taking classes.
Aubrey: (On her role in Funny People) I play a kind of a young Janeane Garofalo. The great thing about the part is that she's the girlfriend, but she's really funny too. And Judd lets me say crazy things.
Aubrey: The Internet is pretty much how I got where I am.
Aubrey: (On her worst job) 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.