In her Reddit AMA, Amy Poehler Reveals Adam Scott's Scent and Promises To Mentally Destroy Nick Offerman
Nearly flawless human being, amazing comic actress, producer, and writer Amy Poehler swung by reddit to answer questions and promote her new book Yes Please. Let us all bask in her awesome.
You are just amazing and so hilarious! I just adore Parks & Recreation and your character. You do facial expressions like no other. Does playing such a hyper character take a lot out of you? Do you need mass amounts of caffeine?
I love playing Leslie Knope, but she says SO many words, and she does talk so much, that sometimes I think my mouth is gonna break. But she does do a lot of talking. I would love for somebody on the internet to figure out how many words Leslie Knope has actually said.
Someone on the internet can do that, right?
In season 2 you not only landed the Emmy nom but absolutely killed it and got me hooked on the show. My question to you is when Chris Pratt actually flashed you when he mistakenly thought Anne wanted him back, what was going through your head? And how hilarious was it to rewatch your own reaction?
It was really fun… that was early on in the show, I just remember laughing, just like I do at everything Chris Pratt does. He’s genius.
Roughly how many clones of you do you think it would take to beat 1 Nick Offerman in a fist fight?
First of all, this person assumes that I would fight Nick Offerman in a physical way. They are wrong. I would destroy him mentally.
I would get into that complex, wood-covered mind of his, and rip him to Shreds. And if this is Nick Offerman - nice try, buddy!
I’m coming for you!
Who is most like and who is least like their character on P & R off screen? (including yourself and people no longer on the show)
Well, uh, let’s see. I think there’s a little bit of everybody in their characters, but we aren’t all annoyed by Jim O’Hare. So when the character of Jerry comes around, we all can’t wait for him to get out of there, but when Jim goes around, we only want him to stay. But Joan Callamezzo, the character, is based on Moe Collin’s life. JUST KIDDING!!!
Hi Amy, my girlfriend teaches and Reddit is blocked at her school, but she wanted me to ask you:
1. What was your inspiration for “Ask Amy”?
2. Does your love for Harry Potter mirror Leslie’s?
3. Does Adam Scott smell as good as I think he smells?”
1) Oh!! Just the idea of connecting with some people, and just answering letters and questions that come in to us. Simple as that.
2) Ha! Well, in very exciting news, there was a moment of time where Daniel Radcliffe and I were in the same building. And I am a HUGE fan of his work, and I think he’s an awesome actor. That being said, unlike Leslie, I have never read the books! I have 2 young sons and I am looking forward to doing that with them soon.
3) Adam Scott smells like… lemons and possibility. Future and peppermint. Loyalty and vanilla ice cream.
What is the most rewarding piece of advice you have been given during your life?
Um: hmm. Well, that’s a good one. Maybe ” Pay attention to what people do, not what they say.”
You’ve become a wonderful role model for women and girls across the globe. What inspired you to create Smart Girls at the Party and then subsequently Amy’s Smart Girls? Do you have plans to expand or grow this online oasis?
Your character Leslie Knope is so refreshing. It’s so kickass to see a lead female role that is super smart, funny, and driven. Knope really deconstructs a lot of sexist, oppressive female stereotypes. How much involvement did you play in the creation and development of her character, and would you say she is reflective of you?
1) Yes! First of all, rest in peace, Lil Sebastian, he will always be in our hearts and minds.
And Smart Girls is growing by the minute, we are getting ready to launch new programming in the next few months under the Legendary Umbrella! And I started Smart Girls just with the small idea of creating a show, a fun show that started with a dance party and celebrated young people being themselves, and it’s grown into a bigger idea, and hopefully, kind of, you know, in its own way, a tiny movement.
I was able to collaborate with the creator Mike a lot, and we really worked together in many ways to make Leslie who she was, and because there’s such good writing on the show that she becomes such a great character.
And she’s like me, but she works… we’re like each other, I should say, but I think I’m - I don’t think I’m as, I think I’ve become a little bit more cynical than her. I think she reminds me to keep an open mind and to go big or go home.
Hi Amy, first of all I LOVE YOU! Two: I’m so fucking ready to read your book. And third: I love what you do with Smart Girls, I’ve seen all the videos and I wish I could have that kind of advice when I was about 12 years old. I thought I wanted to do a funny question or something but actually I want to know if there’s a way we could reproduce what you do in Smart Girls but in Chile and in spanish so we can spread the smarty word in our language? Do you think it would be a good idea? Kisses from Chile!
Awww! Thank you Chile! I love you! And so does Horatio Sanz, who’s from Chile! that’s a great question, and yes, as we move forward with new content at Smart Girls, we are excited about opening up in an international way and providing content for all over the world. I love that you care enough to ask that, and I hope to be providing more content for you very soon. Rapido!
I am going out to buy your book tonight and I can’t wait to read it! What was your favorite chapter to write and why?
They were all fun for different reasons. Sometimes when writing the history of UCB< or the times at SNL were fun, because they reminded me of all those stories, and I would start laughing thinking of all the ridiculous people I surrounded myself with. I was just texting with Fred Armisen, and telling him that i wrote nice things about him int he book, and he was very touched, and then I reminded him that his lawyers made me do it, and I said “His lawyers will sue you if you don’t write nice things about him in your book.”
I feel stupid writing this, but here we go. I’m at work so I had to sneak into the bathroom to write this. It isn’t really a question, I guess, but I had to reach out someway (and as far as I know you don’t use any social media). I had to say thank you. I was very depressed this past winter. Stuck in a small town full of idiots, no idea where I wanted my life to go and more than anything just feeling alone and like a failure. Then I discovered Parks and Rec. You, the the cast and writers, fully turned my year around—maybe my life. I still live in this crummy town, and I still feel lonely sometimes, but I don’t feel hopeless. I value what I have and have learned to look for opportunity and take chances. The laughs and tears (not just from the laughing, corny enough as that is to admit) have had a profound effect on me and I couldn’t be more thankful. I wish the show could go on for forever, but it can’t so I’ll instead fill that void by introducing friends to what I view as the greatest tv comedy ever. And just since this is an ama, I’ll just ask what your favorite kind of waffles are? :P
Okay, who cares about waffles?
What a beautiful post.
Thank you for sharing that with me. That was really nice. and you sound like the kind of person that will find a lot of love and happiness in your life. Because you’re not afraid to be vulnerable, and you’ve gotten stronger in tough times.
I love the image of you huddled in the bathroom. We’ve all been there. I can’t wait to see - I wish I could see what happens in the next 10 years. I can tell you’re a special person with lots of good things ahead.