Chris Bosh recently appeared on an episode of NBC's "Parks & Rec" as a ringer for a high school basketball team. Aubrey Plaza, who is one of the show's stars, relishes awkward moments and interactions - which her character is basically based upon - and in the past has reached out to Bosh on Twitter but never received a response.
In an interview with Vulture, Plaza reveals that she took Bosh's cameo on the show as an opportunity to meet him in person. She dressed up as the hair and makeup lady who works on the set, and was hoping that the Heat forward would recognize her right away and they would share a laugh. Once she realized that he didn't recognize her, the actress began acting strange and making odd recommendations for his hairstyle on the show, but Bosh didn't notice.
“I waited and I waited on set for him. And I was really nervous, like, ‘Well, how am I going to meet him? What am I going to say? Does he know who I am? Does he know that I care about him? Because I’ve never heard from him ever. I knew that he was going to have to go into the hair and makeup trailer before he shot his scene, so I decided that I would wait in there for him, and while I was there I was talking to the hair and makeup ladies. I decided, 'What if I did a funny bit where I pretended like I was the hair person?' I took Helena’s sweater and her glasses — she’s our hair person — and just made up a character. He finally showed up, but in my head, I thought, Well, he’s going to know it’s me, right away.
“Big mistake. He comes in the hair and makeup trailer and I say, ‘Hey, I’m Helena. I’m going to do your hair.’ I’m thinking that he’s going to go, ‘Oh, it’s you!’ and instead, he went, ‘Hi, nice to meet you.’ He sat down, and I was like, ‘Well ... you look really good, Chris. I guess we don’t have to buzz anything or edge you up. Or, maybe, do you want me to edge you up?’ He was like, ‘No, no, I’m good.’ He said it was really nice to be there and he was being really polite, and he literally didn’t know who I was. So I kept the bit going, and I kept doing more outrageous things so that he would get a clue that it was me joking around. I picked up this Afro wig and I was like, ‘What about this? How about this fake mustache?’ and he just kept staring straight down at the floor, probably thinking to himself, ‘Wow, the hair department on this show is really crazy. All I want to do is get out of this trailer.’ The whole time I’m thinking,Well, I’ve done it so long now that I actually think it would be more awkward if I took my glasses off and went, ‘It’s me!’ That would’ve been weird.
Afterwards Aubrey made a few desperate attempts on Twitter to get Chris Bosh's attention, but to no avail.
HEY @chrisbosh THAT WAS ME THAT DID YOUR HAIR TODAY.— Aubrey Plaza (@evilhag) August 16, 2013
THAT. WAS. ME. #boshexplosion— Aubrey Plaza (@evilhag) August 16, 2013