“That was just me trying to make money to eat”: Aubrey Plaza Chased Down Donald Trump in ‘Noddy the Elf’ Costume for $7 an Hour to Make Ends Meet

American actress Aubrey Plaza is a well-known name in the industry right now. She gained a lot of popularity after starring in Parks and Recreation (2009-2015), Ingrid Goes West (2017), and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). She has displayed her distinctive style of acting with a pinch of dark humor in every project she has been a part of.

But what did she do before she was famous? Like every normal person, Aubrey Plaza had to work odd jobs just to keep her stomach full. She once talked about how she met Donald Trump dressed up as Noddy the elf at a gig to earn money.

Aubrey Plaza met Donald Trump in 2007

Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Plaza

Last year, actress Aubrey Plaza appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and talked about an odd job that she took up before she was famous. During the interview, David Letterman pulled out a photo from 2007 of Aubrey Plaza alongside Donald Trump. Although you can’t see her face because of the costume, the actress confirmed that it was behind the mask. she said,

“That had nothing to do with me trying to be an actor or anything. That was just me trying to make money to eat. I found a job on Craigslist to play that character, which is actually a British children’s character named Noddy the elf. I’ve never read any of the books and don’t know anything about the character, but I did dress up as Noddy the elf.”

The outfit was meant to appeal to the kids, as it included a huge cartoonish head with a permanent smile plastered on it. She used to get paid $7 per hour for the job.

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The actress was asked to take a picture with Donald Trump

Donald Trump and Aubrey Plaza (in the costume)
Donald Trump and Aubrey Plaza (in costumes)

Aubrey Plaza met Donald Trump at the FAO Schwarz toy store in New York. She recalled that her boss asked her to click a picture with Donald Trump,

“My boss at the time said, ‘The only thing you have to do tonight is to get a picture with Donald Trump. That’s all I need you to do. Do it or you’re fired.’”

She explained that she did her quirkiest moves while approaching Trump to get his attention but “he kept shooing me away,” she recalled. However, she finally got the shot.

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Aubrey Plaza is a big celebrity today

Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Plaza

Looking back at it, it’s a funny story about how she met Donald Trump. Now, since she has become famous, thanks to her dark humor and unique style of acting, she no longer has to work as Noddy the elf.

She rose to fame in the late 2000s and early 2010s as she starred in hits like Parks and Recreation (2009-2015), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), and Funny People (2009).

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Source: The Late Show with David Letterman