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Previously Seen: She's a series regular on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" and was Seth Rogen's love interest in "Funny People."
Expected Breakout Role: Sundance crowd-pleaser "Safety Not Guaranteed," opening June 8.
Why: Plaza has already firmly established herself as a scene-stealing supporting actress with serious comedic chops, but "Safety" proves she also has leading lady credibility. Anyone expecting a feature length showcase of hipster snark is in for a surprise -- Plaza's winning turn as a romantic heroine is high on sincerity, low on irony. Plus, the movie is a funny, soulful, surprising delight.
- Geoff Berkshire