Aubrey Plaza

Plaza in 2012, photo by Helga Esteb /

Birth Name: Aubrey Christina Plaza

Place of Birth: Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 26, 1984

*father – Puerto Rican [Spanish, African, Indigenous/Taíno]
*mother – German, English, Irish, Swiss-German

Aubrey Plaza is an American actress, comedian, producer, and writer. Her roles include Parks and Recreation, Safety Not Guaranteed, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Life After Beth, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

She is married to writer and director Jeff Baena.

Aubrey has stated that she can not speak Spanish:

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 has stated (and again here) that a 23andMe DNA test showed her genetic ancestry to be:

*30-34% Iberian [Spanish]
*30-31% Irish [possibly “British & Irish”]
*8-9.9% West African
*7% Native American [Indigenous]
*0.6% Ashkenazi Jewish

Aubrey’s West African and Indigenous ancestry likely mostly comes from her Puerto Rican side.

Aubrey’s paternal grandfather was named Ismael David Plaza.

Aubrey’s paternal grandmother was named Inez M. Two of her paternal great-grandparents were named Chico and Delores. They were well-known flamenco dancers.

Aubrey’s maternal grandfather was named Philip Francis Dougherty/Gordon (the son of Roy A. Gordon and Fannie/Frances M./B.). Philip was born in Delaware. Roy was the son of Levi Gordon and Rebecca Statler.

Aubrey’s maternal grandmother was Mary Maxine Leager (the daughter of John Wesley Leager and Bessie May Anderson). Mary was born in Maryland. John was the son of Charles Henry Leager/Leagar and Sarah Rebecca Pinder. Bessie was the daughter of Lodi Anderson and Annie A.

Sources: Genealogy of Aubrey Plaza –

Marriage record of Aubrey’s maternal grandparents, Philip Francis Dougherty/Gordon and Mary Maxine Leager –

Genealogy of Aubrey’s maternal grandmother, Mary Maxine Leager (focusing on her own mother’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

46 Responses

  1. ashash says:

    Those numbers she gave for her 23andme don’t add up. There’s at least 17-20% missing?

    • jonasbsjr says:

      i assume this missing part must be the rest of her white background, i bet is something like scandinavian from her english and german side, so she just left that out

  2. liaasunshinecrazy says:

    the tainos still live or married with the white people

  3. guzel says:

    Beauty Hispanic

  4. madman says:

    Two of her paternal great-grandparents were Chico and Delores, both famous flamenco dancers.

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