The truth about Aubrey Plaza’s horrific stroke

Aubrey Plaza made a name for himself as one of the stars of the hit series Parks & Recreation. Since her time on the NBC sitcom, Plaza has starred in a number of hilarious productions such as Scott Pilgrim vs The World and Dirty Grandpa. The Delaware native recently opened up about the funny girl casting associated with her name and admitted that she often has a hard time getting others to take her seriously. “It’s a lifetime pickle I’ve been in,” she told The Independent. “I’ve had so many moments where I say something very sincerely and people think I’m kidding them.”

And while Plaza has since appeared in more serious roles, the actress doesn’t seem to shake her comedic reputation. “I wish one day I could be as effortlessly funny as Jennifer Lawrence, Aubrey Plaza, Dakota Johnson and Anna Kendrick,” one fan tweeted. While another wrote, “I like Aubrey Plaza, she’s a fun dark little thing.”

Although she became known for her hilarious personality, Plaza once had a terrible health emergency that almost ended her entertainment career.

Aubrey Plaza was paralyzed after suffering a stroke

Aubrey Plaza previously spoke about the devastating stroke she suffered at age 20 that left her unable to communicate. Discussing the connection she had with her Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates co-star Adam Devine, Plaza revealed that they both suffered from “major health crises” when they were younger. “I had expressive aphasia where I could understand what was happening but I couldn’t speak or communicate,” she told The Guardian in 2016, adding, “When they gave me a piece of paper and a pen, I was writing instead, just keep adding lines of words. But at least I could walk. I was paralyzed when it first happened to me, but I was so young that my brain healed itself very quickly. I was really lucky that way. After Plaza’s medical setback, she did an internship with Saturday Night Live and later began her acting career.

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Similarly, Devine has spoken openly about the tragic incident that happened to him when he was just 11 years old. In an episode of “Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard,” the “Workaholics” actor detailed an incident in which he was hit by a cement truck, which resulted in 26 surgeries. Devine further explained that after the incident he was forced to write jokes about his colleagues to defend himself as he was unable to physically defend himself.

She has not suffered another major stroke

Aubrey Plaza says she is doing well after suffering a massive stroke over a decade ago. During a 2012 appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” Plaza clarified that she’s fine. “It was a one-time thing,” Plaza said when Letterman asked if she’d had another stroke. The talk show host then asked if the actor had been warned to “watch out for future emergencies,” to which she playfully replied, “That’s literally what my doctor said.” Plaza went on to explain that the medical incident came as a surprise to her since no one in her family had ever had a stroke.

And while Plaza has long since recovered from the ordeal, she admitted to NPR that the healing process has been difficult. “Your brain needs to heal itself. And that part of — you know, the blood clot area in my brain will never heal,” she said. Plaza went on to explain that she’s doing fine overall, although she’s been experiencing “tiny little strokes” since then.