Early life, family, educational background
American film director and screenwriter Jeff Baena, was born on June 29, 1977 in Miami, Florida, USA. He grew up in a traditional Jewish household in South Florida and later moved to study film at New York University. His love for movies started at a young age – growing up he watched local art movies and got inspired by the art of filmmaking.
He currently lives and works in California.
Who is Aubrey Plaza?
Aubrey Christina Plaza is a comedian, television actress and producer. She was born on June 26, 1984 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, to David and Bernadette Plaza, and has two sisters, Natalie and Renee. She got into acting when she started performing sketch comedy and improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City; in 2006, while still a student there, she was a guest in ’30 Rock’.
Aubrey is best known for starring as April Ludgate in the NBC sitcom ‘Parks and Recreation’, which she played from the show’s inception in 2009 to its finale in 2015.
She also starred as Shadow King/Amahl Farouk and Lenny Busker from 2017 to 2019, in the FX drama series ‘Legion’.
She has appeared in several films in supporting roles as well as starring, first in the 2012 comedy, “Safety Not Guaranteed” as Darius Britt. A few other movies she had leading roles in are ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ from 2010, ‘Life After Beth’ from 2014, ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ from 2016 and ‘An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn’ from 2018.”
She was a guest judge on an episode of “Food Network Star” in 2011, and has lent her voice to Lifetime’s television movie “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever” as Grumpy Cat.
— Aubrey Square (@evilhag) January 11, 2020
Aubrey’s net worth is estimated at $6 million, as of early 2020.
Career of Jeff Baena
After graduating from New York University, Jeff moved to Los Angeles, where he became a production assistant to Robert Zemeckis and worked with him on several films. Zemeckis has worked on major films, including ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Forrest Gump’, for which he won an Academy Award in 1994. criticism and praise for its special effects. When Robert mentored Jeff, he learned the basics of filmmaking by assisting on numerous films.
Jeff then went on to work as an assistant editor for David O. Russel, a director and writer best known for his work on ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, ‘The Hustle’ and the biographical film ‘The Fighter’. David has been nominated for three Academy Awards during his career. After working together for a year and a half, Jeff suffered an eye injury when he was involved in a minor car accident; during his recovery, David discussed story ideas with Jeff to take his mind off his injury and keep him positive. Their chats led them to collaborate on four scripts, including “I Heart Huckabees,” which was released in 2004, an independent film starring Dustin Hoffman, Naomi Watts, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, and Isabelle Huppert. The film received positive reviews and was praised for being a unique story.
Jeff hoped “Joshy” would be his directorial debut, but collaborator and actor, Adam Pally, was forced to abandon the project for personal reasons. In 2003, Jeff began writing the zombie comedy ‘Life After Beth’, his directorial debut, released in 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival, starring Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick and Molly Shannon. In an interview, Jeff stated that no one could have played the main character better than Aubrey, adding that the script only started to manifest itself in a movie when Aubrey accepted the role. The zombie rom-com earned a nomination for a Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and Jeff received critical acclaim for the film.
He eventually wrote and directed “Joshy,” which was released in 2016 and premiered on January 24, 2016 at the Sundance Film Festival, and starred Aubrey Plaza, Thomas Middleditch, Alison Brie, and Lauren Graham. Hulu later bought the film’s distribution rights, but failed to achieve commercial success, even though it was filled with brilliant acting and had a compelling storyline, after a man mourned the death of his girlfriend after she committed suicide.
In January 2017, the raunchy medieval comedy “The Little Hours” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival – it wasn’t released to the public until June 2017. Jeff wrote and directed the film and Aubrey was a producer.
The film was roughly based on Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” and follows a 14ecentury nun in Italy; and stars Aubrey Plaza, Dave Franco, Alison Brie, John Reilly, Molly Shannon, Kate Micucci and Fred Armisen. The film received positive reviews despite its low budget. Critics praised the actors’ performances, saying the plot was “refreshing”.
Jeff co-wrote “Horse Girl” with Alison Brie, who starred in the film. Jeff also produced and directed the film and it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020. In addition to Alison, Debby Ryan, Molly Shannon, John Reynolds, John Ortiz and Paul Reiser all star in the film.
In 2012, Jeff portrayed himself in the Mark Webber movie, “The End of Love”, and in 2015, he appeared in “Digging for Fire” as BB Gun Friend.
Jeff started dating Aubrey in 2011, and the pair live and often work together. They keep details about their relationship very private, only posting pictures of each other on special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, and only doing interviews together when the questions are strictly about their jobs.
Even though Aubrey stars in many of his movies; Jeff told IndieWire that he knows where his career is going, but not where hers is going.
He doesn’t think it’s his place to tell her what she should or shouldn’t do professionally, and only shares his opinion if she asks: “I just never offer it without being asked first.”
In 2018, Aubrey was seen dating Justin Theroux, and the media speculated that Jeff would break up with her, but the couple put the rumors to rest when they attended several events together. They lead a quiet and seemingly peaceful life together in California, preferring their friends over to their house rather than going out.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
He enjoys playing tennis and is an official member of the Interstate 5 Tennis Association.
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He enjoys having friends over at his house and playing games like Battlestar Galactica and Settlers of Catan. In an interview, Audrey spoke about their quiet personalities and nerdy tastes. His two favorite movies growing up were ‘8 ½’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange’, both of which his father found ‘weird’, but they inspired Jeff to learn more about filmmaking and get into it.
Jeff has dark brown eyes and black hair. He is 1.68 m tall and weighs 78 kg.
Wealth and salary
As of early 2020, his net worth is estimated to be at least $3 million.