When Amy Poehler says she wants to be an astronaut next, you think, why not? She’s aced everything else. She stormed Saturday Night Live in 2001, spending nine years being comically versatile enough to send up everyone from Britney Spears to Kim Jong-il. Hillary Clinton loved her impression of her so much, they’re now mates (Hillz wrote Poehler’s first son, Archie, a letter when he was born). She has formed a dream team with her “life partner”, Tina Fey, co-starring in, among other things, Mean Girls. I’d have retired then.
Instead, Poehler reinvented herself as the uber-optimist Leslie Knope in the mockumentary Parks and Recreation, which has garnered 12 Emmy nominations and won Poehler a Golden Globe, in a ceremony that she co-hosted. She has launched the online community amysmartgirls.com; her Paper Kite Productions backs a new generation of women writers, among them the Broad City creators, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Today — in theory — we’re discussing her voiceover role in Inside Out, the latest Disney/Pixar animation, which is already a smash at the US box office, taking $91m in its opening weekend, a record for a movie that is not a sequel, prequel or reboot. But that’s not the first thing on Poehler’s mind.
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