Amy is gracing the cover of the April issue of The Sunday Times Style. The new cover was unveiled today and it will be available this Sunday (April 21). During the interview, Amy talked about ‘Wine Country’, patriarchy, motherhood and much more. Our gallery has been updated with magazine scans, photos from the photoshoot and you can read the interview below!
“Wait, I know you!” Amy Poehler says, her face alight with recognition when I walk into the sunny Los Angeles studio where she has just finished Style’s photoshoot. “Where have we met?” I interviewed her, briefly, 12 years ago in her Saturday Night Live dressing room when she was a featured player, early in her marriage to the comedian Will Arnett; she was best friends with Tina Fey and her career was on a meteoric rise.
I interviewed her again in 2014 over the phone. She was about to win a Golden Globe for Parks and Recreation, the critically acclaimed TV comedy she helmed and starred in for seven seasons from 2009, playing the indefatigable bureaucrat Leslie Knope. She and Arnett were divorcing by then and they had two young boys (Archie, now 10, and Abel, 8). Poehler talked me off the ledge when I realised I’d forgotten to turn on my tape recorder, and helped me reconstruct our conversation from my notes. “That was the second time that happened to me,” she says. “The first was for High Times [an American magazine that promotes cannabis use]. The reporter was … under the influence.” She starts laughing. “They had a good excuse.”
Sitting on a leather couch in a corner of the cavernous studio, Poehler, 47, gives off an electric “let’s get cracking” energy. She described herself as a “plain girl with lots of personality” in her 2014 best-selling memoir, Yes Please, but in person she is almost exotic-looking, with her angular features, doll-blue eyes and baby- blonde hair. She’s promoting her new Netflix film, Wine Country, which she directed and co-stars in with fellow Saturday Night Live alumnae Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph. The chemistry of the trio was evident at the Oscars in February, where they opened the hostless ceremony to rapturous applause. “There is no host tonight,” Rudolph said. “There won’t be a popular-movie category. And Mexico is not paying for the wall.”
Amy was interviewed by Elle magazineto talk about ‘Wine Country‘, Leslie Knope, feminism and much more. You can read the full interview below!
Amy Poehler has made drinking wine a professional requirement. Kind of. Her latest project, Wine Country, sees the comedian joining her close friends and former SNL colleagues Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, and Tina Fey, among others, in Napa, California, to celebrate a friend’s fiftieth birthday. She both stars in and directs the film, out May 10 on Netflix. It’s the first time she’s helmed a full-length feature, thus she barely had a sip herself: “I was teetotaling because I wanted to be a proper captain of the ship.” On the day the Oscar nominations were announced, she spoke to ELLE in New York, where she’d recently opened a wine shop with friends in Brooklyn.
ELLE: Let’s start with the Oscars. There were no female nominees for best director.
Amy Poehler: I was just reading about the USC Annenberg study that came out. The statistics are a real bummer. There were so many great films made by women this year, and once again they’re not nominated. Not only is there such a small number of women directing, it’s especially small for women of color and Latina women.
Netflix released the official trailer for Wine Country today alongside with a new synopsis from the movie. A new promotional art was also released today on the movie’s official twitter account. Our gallery has been updated with this new image and screen captures from the trailer. Check it out below!
Friendship is a trip. Watch #WineCountry on Netflix May 10, 2019.
In honor of Rebecca’s (Rachel Dratch) 50th birthday, Abby (Amy Poehler) plans a scenic Napa getaway with their best, longtime friends. Workaholic Catherine (Ana Gasteyer), post-op Val (Paula Pell), homebody Jenny (Emily Spivey), and weary mom Naomi (Maya Rudolph) are equally sold on the chance to relax and reconnect. Yet as the alcohol flows, real world uncertainties intrude on the punchlines and gossip, and the women begin questioning their friendships and futures. A hilarious and heartfelt comedy directed by Amy Poehler, Wine Country co-stars Tina Fey, Jason Schwartzman and Cherry Jones.
Amy Poehler, Mark Rivers (composer), Mike Schur (co creator), and Emma Fletcher (writer) were interviewed by LAistto talk about Li’l Sebastian, 5,000 Candles In The Wind and more about the legacy of Parks and Rec. Read the full interview below!
Parks and Recreation debuted this week 10 years ago and immediately took a place in all of our hearts. OK, fine, people were preeeeetty mixed on it until season 2, but then it took a place in all of our hearts. Note: Spoiler warning for a 10-year-old TV show. One of the most iconic moments in the show’s history was the funeral of town icon/miniature horse Li’l Sebastian — it perfectly summarized the show’s extremely earnest heart.
We interviewed star Amy Poehler, composer Mark Rivers, show co-creator Mike Schur, and writer Emma Fletcher about the enduring legacy of Li’l Sebastian — and the show. (You can also read our previous Parks and Recreation oral history on Galentine’s Day right here.)
HOW CHRIS PRATT’S ANDY DWYER MADE SUCH TERRIBLE BUT COMPETENT SONGS
Mark Rivers started playing in Boston rock bands, but ended up working as a comedy writer. He used his songwriting for shows like Mr. Show and Human Giant — where he met Aziz Ansari.
Rivers: When they did Parks and Recreation, he recommended me for that gig. They needed somebody to write all the silly Mouse Rat songs, and I had done a bunch of weird comedy music. Schur: We said, they’re a bar band. They’re not incredible musicians. But, the joke here isn’t ‘this band is terrible’ — they should be competent songwriters. Rivers: They were like, they should be bad, but not musically bad. They should be bad taste bad. It should be like s——- corporate rock. Schur: I was sort of saying, it’s in the vein of late ’90s radio rock. Rivers: So without listing any bands too specifically, we mentioned a handful of types of bands to get me in the right genre.
Today marks 10 years since Parks and Recreation aired its first episode on NBC! To celebrate it, Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman shared a message for the fans via the Parks and Rec official Twitter:
Also in celebration of Parks and Rec’s 10th Anniversary, Billy Kheel, one of the contestants from the Season 1 of ‘Making It’ sent a special crafty gift for Amy and Nick, which you can check out in the video below: