American comedian and actress Amy Poehler is spreading a little joy to her Australian fans during her first trip Down Under.
Poehler is in Australia to promote her part in the latest Disney Pixar animation, Inside Out.
A red-headed Poehler met with the media in Sydney on Monday ahead of the film’s Australian premiere.
“It’s my first time in Australia,” Poehler told AAP.
The Parks and Recreation actress also had a lot to say about her first impression of Australians.
“People are wonderful: funny, easy, difficult,” she said, jokingly.
In the new movie, Poehler plays Joy, one of five emotions that are on hand to help 11-year-old Riley navigate her family’s scary move to a big city.
So with her complicated description of Australians it seems she thinks we’re ready for her new emotional film.
“I think that Australia would understand Inside Out and all the complexities involved in it,” she said.
The film explores the emotions that help people grapple with every day life, and try to make sense of it.
While Poehler is naturally a joyful person, she also sees the value in the other emotions depicted in the film by her co-stars: Sadness (Phyllis Smith) Fear (Bill Hader) Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling).
“I feel like no one can be Joy all the time, I think that I understood the idea of playing like an energetic engine and I think that the film reminds us that we kind of have all the feelings and emotions running through our head all the time. Sometimes someone’s driving and another time someone else takes the wheel,” she said.
The actress has walked many red carpets throughout her career and recently supported the trend #AskHerMore, which encourages journalists to ask women more interesting questions and not just focus on what they’re wearing.
And there’s one question Poehler is very keen to be asked: “Do you want this $1 million?” she said with a smile.
*Inside Out opens in Australian cinemas on June 18.