THR's 35 Hottest Young Latinos in Entertainment
Fast becoming one of Hollywood’s top straight-faced comedians, Plaza, 28, says her “Latino-ness” contributed to her characterization of Parks and Recreation’s deadpan intern April Ludgate on NBC. “When I was cast, I had the idea of making April half Puerto Rican like me,” she says. “I love the Puerto Rican side of my family and I am so grateful to them for a lifetime of hilarious stories they have given me -- and now Parks and Rec fans!” In 2009, Plaza co-starred in the $71 million-grossing Funny People, playing Seth Rogen’s love interest. Her comedic chops will be on display in two February releases: The To Do List, which co-star Bill Hader has dubbed “a raunchy Sixteen Candles,” and A Glimpse Into the Mind of Charles Swan III with Bill Murray and Charlie Sheen.