Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman and Mike Schur talked to The Guardian about making ‘Parks and Recreation‘ for their series ‘How we made‘. They talked about how the show and the characters were created. Read the full interview below!
Mike Schur and I worked together at Saturday Night Live; he wrote Leslie with me in mind. She was this optimistic, determined person with very little power but big aspirations. She evolved over time, but the idea of this person who was motivated by the hopeful spirit of the government employee, and how one can stay inspired when they keep getting knocked around – that was there from minute one.
It was like wearing a suit: after a while, you stretch it out or alter it to fit you. I’m not as consistently enthusiastic as Leslie, but I really related to the energy she got from trying to make others succeed. She was fun to play because every day you got to show up, tell everybody what to do and how much you loved them. The cast was that very rare instance of everybody really liking each other and hanging out. We bonded very quickly, and still see each other. We text each other and stay in each other’s lives.
The female friendship on the show is one of the things I’m most proud of, and it certainly came naturally because Rashida Jones and I had been friends for a long time. My female friendships are very important to me, and it was nice to play a consistent relationship.
Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers had an in-depth conversation off-air for the Late Night With Seth Meyers Podcast. They talked about ‘Wine Country‘, behind the scenes stories from ‘SNL‘ and much more. Listen to the audio below!
Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Paula Pell were interviewed by The Advocate to talk about ‘Wine Country’. They discussed the lesbian storyline with Paula’s character in the movie and more. Read the full interview below!
Wine Country, the heartfelt Netflix comedy about female friendship through the years that was inspired by the real-life friendships of several Saturday Night Live alumnae, including its director, Amy Poehler, more than passes the Bechdel Test, which calls for two women in a movie to be in conversation with one another about something other than men. There’s no name yet for a film that stars primarily women in their 40s and 50s who talk mostly to other women and in which no men talk to each other — call it the Poehler Principle, perhaps.
Not only does Wine Country delve into the ins and outs of female friendship built up over decades, the only possibility for romance in the film — which juxtaposes the experiences of a couple of generations of women — occurs between women a generation apart. And Poehler and her collaborators are proud to have included those stories in their movie.
“It’s very cool to be talking to The Advocate about it,” Poehler says in a phone interview with costars Maya Rudolph and Paula Pell (the SNL writer and lesbian who penned the Poehler-Tina Fey starrer Sisters).
“What I’m very proud of is the only kind of love interest in the film or love story is between two gay women,” Poehler says. “There’s a lot of interesting dynamics of young and old, but also there’s no discussion about it. There’s no hiccup or hesitation or even discussion about it, and I find that’s still unusual, in comedies especially — that somebody’s sexuality isn’t their joke or isn’t their story.”