Aubrey Plaza: Humor is my defense mechanism

Jul 30, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. ET

Actress Aubrey Plaza opens about how she uses humor as a defense mechanism, why she doesn't have time to be nervous and how she's just a big dork at heart.

Aubrey Plaza - humor is my defense mechanism

Aubrey Plaza is one very busy lady these days, but the actress took a few moments out of her crazy schedule to chat with Cosmopolitan for Latinas about everything from how she gets over shyness to her opinions on humor and much more.

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Plaza currently stars in NBC's Parks and Recreation and has a new movie coming out called The To Do List. If you've never heard of The To Do List, it wasn't for lack of trying. Plaza pulled a drunken stunt at the MTV Movie Awards back in May in an attempt to give the film some more publicity. What did she do? Oh, nothing, she just wrote the film's title on her chest and attempted to take Will Ferrell's award away from him.

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How does Plaza get over her shyness to be that bold on-screen? "Well, there was a lot of alcohol," she joked. "No, actually, you don't have time to get nervous. Sometimes when you're shooting independent movies the pacing of it is so crazy it all feels like you're in the army. [In The To Do List] I look at the schedule and it was like, 'So today I'm gonna have to give someone a *** job, hump a pillow, masturbate in front of everyone.' So I'd be like, 'Oh, my god,' and I would let myself freak out about it for like three minutes in my trailer, and then I would be like, 'Done.' I'm in the army, I have to just do it, ignore everyone else, and just make it funny. I think, like, the fact that it was a comedy, I got to find the humor in it."

The actress also recently starred in a fake Daria movie trailer that has taken the internet by storm. Humor definitely seems to be a large part of her life. "Humor is the way I deal with everything. Whether it was a s***** job, a boring class, or anything, my brain is always looking at it through that lens. It's probably some kind of defense mechanism," Aubrey told the magazine.

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One thing you might not know about Aubrey is that she's a sci-fi geek. Speaking about her relationship with screenwriter/director Jeff Baena, Aubrey also admitted to her nerd-like tendencies. "[Baena is] a creative person and we understand each other on that level. When we're together we like hanging out at home. We're happy having people over and playing Settlers of Catan or Battlestar Galactica. We're kind of dorks."

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