"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.

‘Open your eyes and realize that there are so many children in the world who have nothing,They have nothing. They have no one who lights up when they walk in a room, and no clothes, or safety, or food. And so who are we to be in this room, and be somebody living this life without helping them?’ - Amy Poehler at the Variety’s 5th Annual  Power of Women Event

Actress Amy Poehler arrives 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.

Amy Poehler walk the red carpet at the premiere of their new movie A.C.O.D. on Thursday (September 26) at the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler | Emmy 2008 → 2013

”(…) We all became attached to the youngsters we serve and played for hours with them. Affection and connection grew each day, and it was very hard to leave them after each session. Amy sat peacefully with children on her lap and in her arms at the Toy Library. She observed the children and figured out who needed some touch and affection. I hardly saw her without a child or two nestled into her body. She played hand games, painted and danced. She cuddled and tickled the children. Any time the music came on, you could see her moving her hips and raising her arms. In fact, on the soccer field one day, she was the DJ. She was completely in the moment and by the end of the week, she was not eager to leave and clearly emotionally transformed by what she had seen and heard”. x