Aubrey Plaza Open About Sexuality, LGBT Community Not Surprised

Christina St Jean - Author

Feb. 20 2017, Updated 10:42 p.m. ET

Aubrey Plaza, former star of Parks and Recreation, opened up about her sexuality to Advocate, admitting during the interview that she saw her LGBT following as a compliment.

“Like, I grew up obsessed with Judy Garland, and I was also obsessed with how much she meant to her following,” Aubrey Plaza said as she talked about her sexuality.

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Aubrey Plaza revealed her sexuality during the Advocate interview and seemed comfortable with the fact that she was often recognized for being offbeat.

“I felt it was important to inspire people to be their authentic selves by making a fool of myself and not caring what others thought,” Plaza said. “Even though I have my own insecurities, I’ve always had this mission of disrupting social norms.”

According to Entertainment Tonight, while Aubrey Plaza is quite comfortable with her sexuality, she has been dating Life After Beth director Jeff Baena for years. She also admitted that women have come onto her as well, and was completely at ease with that.

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“Oh, yeah. I don’t mind,” Plaza said. “I know I have an androgynous thing going on, and there’s something masculine about my energy. Girls are into me — that’s no secret. Hey, I’m into them too. I fall in love with girls and guys. I can’t help it.”

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Aubrey Plaza’s sexuality may not come as a big surprise to her LGBT following, but it was something that she says was in her blood. Fuse noted that, with a gay aunt and uncle, as well as a lesbian younger sister, Aubrey Plaza believed that perhaps her sexuality was deeply ingrained within her.

According to Williams Institute, Aubrey Plaza’s sexuality puts her in with the 3.5 percent of Americans who identify as lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. While the statistics are taken from an April, 2011, report, the numbers indicate that the number of those individuals who identify as LGBT is roughly equivalent to the population of New Jersey, or 9 million people.

Roughly 2.6 million women and 1.5 million men reportedly identify as bisexual, according to the report. Regardless of Aubrey Plaza’s sexuality, she has always embraced the LGBT community, thanks in part to her upbringing in community theater. She talked to People about the group she called “her people.”

“There was this gay community there that really welcomed me,” she noted. “All my friends were gay.”

As one might expect, given Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates‘ recent debut at the box office, Aubrey Plaza has been busy promoting the movie, which has meant talking about a wide range of topics, and even sitting down with her co-stars, Adam Devine and Anna Kendrick, for a bleep-filled extravaganza.

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Aubrey Plaza is about a lot more than just her sexuality, though, as her deliciously deadpan delivery in Parks and Recreation demonstrated.

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The 32-year-old actress may have garnered a great deal of notice on the small screen as a result of her role in Parks and Recreation, but it’s clear that Aubrey Plaza is not only an actress with increasing popularity in the LGBT community, but a young woman who is continuing to explore her talents in a variety of roles.

Aubrey Plaza has also had a chance to explore her sexuality in films like Addicted to Fresno, where she played a lesbian Krav Maga instructor, and in She Said, She Said, where she played opposite Marisa Tomei. She spoke quite enthusiastically about her roles in both films, admitting that the way she operates in real life feels deeply connected to the LGBT community.

“I feel like I operate in an old-school way that only gays truly understand,” Plaza said.

Small wonder, given Aubrey Plaza is so comfortable with her sexuality, that she has such a following with the LGBT community.

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