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Amy Poehler Talks ‘Moxie’, Golden Globes, UCB, and more with The New York Times

Amy Poehler Talks ‘Moxie’, Golden Globes, UCB, and more with The New York Times

Amy was interviewed by The New York Times. She talked about the Golden Globes, Moxie, UCB, turning 50 this year, and much more. You can read the full interview in our press library!

No matter the degree of mischievous glee or righteous anger, there’s always something comforting about Amy Poehler’s work, a sense that it comes from a place of empathy, of kindness. And even though its indignation runs pretty hot, her new Netflix movie “Moxie” is suffused with the same underlying sense of goodness. (Poehler directed and co-stars in the film, based on Jennifer Mathieu’s young-adult novel about high school students’ turbulent feminist awakening, which premieres March 3.) Poehler’s inclusive vibes are, undoubtedly, a big part of why so many viewers took last year’s “Parks and Recreation” reunion special as a much-needed pandemic panacea. And I bet they’re also part of why she and her friend and fellow “Saturday Night Live” alumna Tina Fey were asked to host this year’s Golden Globes telecast, which airs Feb. 28. “I take pride in a process that feels supportive, collaborative, creative,” Poehler says. “I think it comes from my early days improvising and doing sketch comedy — that ensemble feeling. I seek it out. I love it.”

What’s most interesting to you about the idea of doing a remote Golden Globes? It’s full-on weird. And we’re hoping that the weirdness, which people are unfortunately used to at this point, will translate into something fun and interesting. It’s hopefully something you would watch — for entertainment. [Laughs.] Look how bad I am at promoting this!

Have you noticed any change in people’s attitude toward award shows since you and Tina last hosted the Globes? I feel that people used to take for granted that Golden Globe nominations and awards were faintly ridiculous and not actually a meaningful arbiter of quality. Now people get angry about “snubs.” Is that giving the Globes too much power? Both of those ideas can exist at the same time. When I was growing up and watching award shows, the people there were, ahem, decidedly drunk. There was this looseness — partly because nobody remembers who wins. However, not being included in the conversation over and over again can get frustrating. Award shows allow people to point at something and say, “Yet again, here’s a substantial list — whether or not you believe that award shows mean anything — that we were left off of.”

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