6 Facts You (Maybe) Didn't Know About Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler is known for her skits on Saturday Night Live, as Pawnee's recalled city council member Leslie Knope, and as the cool mom in Mean Girls. Let's go below the surface and see just how inspiring and "cool" Amy Poehler truly is. 

1. She is the founder of the Smart Girls Organization which is an organization aimed at promoting authenticity and individualism for young people, more specifically women. Smart Girls is aimed at promoting confidence among young girls so they may go on to conquer male dominated fields, such as technology, business, and science. “We’re a place where people can truly be their weird and wonderful selves.”

 

2 .Poehler would have spontaneous dance parties in between takes on the set of Parks and Rec. As explained in her book Yes Please, Poehler writes, "Dancing is the great equalizer. It gets people out of their heads and into their bodies. I think if you can dance and be free and not embarrassed you can rule the world."

 

3. After having dinner with former Saturday Night Live (SNL) cast mate Seth Meyers, Poehler accidentally took Meyer’s credit card and donated $5,000 to leukemia and lymphoma research. (With his consent of course)

 

4. Amy Poehler was responsible for the three year time jump in the final season of NBC’s Parks and Recreation. During the final episode of the 5th season, Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, learns she’s pregnant with triplets. While raising two infant boys, Poehler told the producers of the show she didn’t want to work with babies and to start the final season of Parks and Rec with Knope's children already grown.

 

5. Poehler was the last emotion hired for Disney Pixar’s film Inside Out. All other emotions were hired for the film, and Fear, voiced by Bill Hader, recommended Poehler for the position. Poehler prepped for the audition by closely listened to the voices in the film Toy Story

 

6. Poehler met her best friend, Tina Fey at an improv group. Poehler moved to New York with her improv group, the Upright Citizens Brigade, and encouraged Fey to move to New York with them. Fey did and she snagged a job writing for Saturday Night Live (SNL). Fey encouraged Poehler to come onto SNL which launched the start of both their comedic careers. 

 

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