Amy Poehler was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal to talk about ‘Wine Country‘, female friendships, her production company ‘Paper Kite’, being in charge, and much more. You can read the full article below!
In mid-career, Amy Poehler has just directed her first film, “Wine Country,” a comedy about six middle-aged women who take a trip to Napa to celebrate a 50th birthday. The story was inspired by birthday trips she has taken with friends. “It’s not like we got chased by a bear or picked up by a drug lord,” Ms. Poehler says. “I like exploring female friendship at this age.”
The women who play her friends in “Wine Country” are all alumnae of “Saturday Night Live”: Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer and writers Paula Pell and Emily Spivey. Tina Fey also appears in a smaller role in the film, which premieres on Netflix May 10.
For 20 years, Ms. Poehler’s performing career has had steady momentum, from “SNL,” to movies including “Baby Mama,” to the NBC television series “Parks and Recreation.” In 2001, she started a production company, Paper Kite—working with five other women, though not the ones in the movie—and lately has been doing more behind the camera than in front of it.