Quirky comedienne Amy Poehler, 44, has been making us laugh for years. Since her big break on the comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live, Amy’s been awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Television Series for her role in Parks and Recreation and even landed on TIME magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in 2011. Now, she’s taking the lead in her first major film, Sisters, alongside Tina Fey and has even achieved a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She’s definitely on top form, so here are some of the reasons we love this sunny star and why she just had to kick off 2016 for us- by being our latest cover star!
She’s hard working
She’s an actor, comedienne, voice artist, director, producer and writer. She says, “I’m doing so much interesting work – from acting and producing, to writing scripts, which is fun to try. I feel very blessed.”
She’s determined to fight for women’s rights
Amy is openly a feminist. She says, “Some people feel that there’s a negative connotation to the notion of feminism, like it has some hidden and ugly undercurrent, but that’s ridiculous. My mother was a feminist; she was very politically-minded and always determined to defend women’s rights and advance social issues for women.” Amy believes women need to take charge of their lives and be as dynamic and active as they can be.
Her best friend is Tina Fey
And, we’re extremely jealous! This dynamic female duo was the first pair to host the Golden Globes together, three years running. It’s something that makes Amy very proud. Acting in their latest flick together, Amy mentioned how close her and Tina are, saying, “I think we get on better than real sisters do.” We can’t wait to see how their relationship translates on screen.
She loves being a mom
Amy’s children are extremely important to her. She takes her role as a mother very seriously and really enjoys making her kids’ world as happy and joyous as possible.
She doesn’t take life too seriously
Loving her life, Amy says she can’t imagine doing anything other than what she’s doing right now; writing, acting and laughing. But if it doesn’t work out, she has a backup plan to be a waitress. She says, “I was [a waitress] before and I liked being in charge of my own section, and cashing up at the end of the night.”
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