"No one looks stupid when they’re having fun” | Amy Poehler

Make yourself laugh. If you’re funny, it doesn’t matter what you look like.

Sexiness has nothing to do with how you look and everything to do with how you feel

Amy Poehler attend day 3 of the 2014 Bookexpo America on May 31, 2014 in New York City

Getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks, is what life is. If you’re not good, who cares? You got out there and tried.

"The best thing you can do is just be yourself." - Amy Poehler

To some people, not caring is cool, commenting is more interesting that doing, and everything is judged and then disposed of in, like, five minutes. I’m not interested in those kinds if people. I like the person who commits and goes all in and takes big swings and them maybe fails or looks stupid; who jumps and falls down, rather than the person who points at the person who fell, and laughs.

Elle: You’ve always made it clear that you’re a feminist. It’s a term that a lot of people back away from these days.
Amy Poehler: But then they go on and explain what they support and live by - it’s feminism exactly. I think some big actors and musicians feel like they have to speak to their audience and that word is confusing to their audience. But I don’t get it. That’s like someone being like, “I don’t really believe in cars, but I drive one every day and love that it gets me places and makes my life so much easier and faster and I don’t know what I would do without it”. But that’s everyone else’s trip, not mine. I had a mother who discovered herself in the ’70s and used to go to meetings and wear a sassy scarf.

Amy Poehler at the Anchorman 2 premiere - December 15, 2013

Improv and sketch, inherently, are not a singular action. You have to depend on other people. There’s an ensemble mentality. Even some of the language — ‘getting on an improv team’ or ‘working with an improv coach’ — references sports. As actors and comedians, we all secretly want to be athletes. Improv can be the closest we’ll come to feeling like an athlete. We have to perform together, and we win or lose together. It’s different than stand-up. You have to learn to work well with others. This is just my path and experience, but I’ve always loved collaboration. I feel like I learn so much working with good people, and often putting other people’s ideas ahead of my own.

Amy Poehler - Paper Magazine

Amy Poehler at IFP’s 23nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards

Rashida Jones, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler attend The 16th Annual Mark Twain Prize For American Humor at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on October 20, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Amy Poehler attends the premiere of Relativity Media’s ‘Free Birds’ at Westwood Village Theatre on October 13, 2013 in Westwood, California.

Amy Poehler attends Samsung Galaxy at Variety’s 5th Annual Power of Women event presented by Lifetime at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 4, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.