In 2020, Aubrey Plaza teamed up with Saturday Night Live alumna Kenan Thompson for an ad for Barefoot Hard Seltzer & Spritzer. In an interview with TooFab, Plaza explained that the two first met to direct the ad — despite the fact that Thompson was on SNL during the season that Plaza was an intern for the show. Similarly, Amy Poehler, Plaza’s Parks and Rec co-star, was also a series regular on SNL at the time, but Plaza never met her on the SNL set either.
Describing her time as an intern (and why she never met her future co-stars), Plaza told TooFab, “When you’re an intern, you shouldn’t really like making your presence known. Nobody says that, but it’s kind of an unspoken thing and I’ve definitely been lurking in the shadows.” She also revealed that she was doing an internship in the design department and that while she didn’t speak to many of the people involved with the show, wanted to absorb as much as possible during the internship, she concluded, “I was so excited to be there, it was one of the best experiences of my life.”
The actor also revealed that she and Thompson spoke about how their paths almost crossed 15 years ago when Plaza was an intern. She said: “He couldn’t believe it. He said, ‘I couldn’t believe you were there a full season.'”