'Parks And Recreation': Rob Lowe Talks Chris Traeger's Catchprase 'Literally'

09/11/2012 11:39 am ET

It's no secret Chris Traeger has mastered the art of the word "literally," but Rob Lowe says he came about his "Parks And Recreation" catchphrase by accident.

“I think I just leaned into that word really hard a couple of times and it made [showrunner Mike Schur] laugh,” Lowe told Vulture. “The next thing you know it just became one of Chris’s things, but it was never designed that way. It was merely a word in a sentence. I think I just took a really big, probably very embarrassing swing at it and it stuck.”

Chris Traeger may be famous for a catchphrase or two -- he also has a knack for saying "Anne Perkins" (Rashida Jones) in the perkiest of tones -- but Aubrey Plaza, who plays April Ludgate, is famous for her portrayal of a full-on weirdo.

"I want people to be confused by my character," Plaza said of the deadpan April Ludgate. "And also have a feeling of not knowing if you want to strangle me to death or kiss me really hard."

"Parks And Recreation" returns to NBC on Thurs., Sept. 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET

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