To Help You Gear Up for Galentine’s Day, Here’s an Interview with Amy Poehler
2:35 pm, February 7th | by Kady Ruth Ashcraft
If you are looking for a way to prepare for Galentine’s Day, look no further than Ladies’ Home Journal‘s honest and heartwarming interview with Amy Poehler. Of course, it isn’t perfect (though any interview with Poehler is close): after the interviewer acknowledges that the question of “having it all” is sexist, she immediately asks “How do you catch your breath with everything going on?” But, in the spirit of Galentine’s Day, let us not focus on the shortcomings of mere mortals and instead turn our attention to girls being girls being girls being girls.
While reading the interview we were struck by Poehler’s fearlessness and unrelenting passion, her mad determination when it comes to projects she cares about and believes. According to Poehler, Smart Girls at The Party wasn’t created “to change minds and move the needle”; she just “thought it would be fun to do an interview show where we talk to young girls and have a Charlie Rose round table and take everything as seriously as they take it.” Even at a young age, Poehler wouldn’t waste her time on any work that she couldn’t be proud of:
I think the hardest thing is to know what you want, ask for it, and then to stop talking. Early on I worked hard to figure out what I wanted to do — and that I only wanted to do work that I would be proud of. When I was in my 20s I went on an audition for a lottery commercial in Chicago. They said, “Tell us your most embarrassing moment.” I said, “What kind of commercial is this?” They were like, “We want to get to know you.” I said, “No, I don’t want to tell you my most embarrassing moment on camera.” They looked at me like, “If you want to be in this f—ing business, you’d better tell us your most embarrassing moment on camera for this lottery commercial!”
Her agenda, if you could even call it that, is curious and unassuming. She learns as much from Smart Girls‘ smart girls as she does the older women in her life, the ones who tell her “how they navigate life, what they’ve learned.” Poehler’s strong female friendships, especially with fellow SNL alumnae Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch, with whom she “text[s] pictures of our kids back and forth all the time” (how do we get in on that group text?), are what Galentine’s Day is all about.