Tina Fey and Amy Poehler star together in the upcoming comedy Sisters. The film looks completely silly, borderline stupid, but you know what? I’ll probably see it and enjoy it. Amy and Tina are magical together, and the film is basically being sold on their decades-long friendship and the spark that happens whenever they’re in the same room together. They cover the new issue of Glamour, “the social media issue,” which is weird because Tina in particular is not a social media person at all. You can read their funny interview here – they interview each other, so the piece is basically just a collection of one-liners.
Tina on her “woman-child” Sisters character: “Woman-child, I think, is in reference to the fact that there are many male comedians who play man-childs—man-childs is a word. I do think it’s fun to be able to play a character that’s in no way aspirational and in no way a role model, and the more female characters there are on-screen, there’s less pressure on every character to represent everyone. I love playing people who are flawed.”
Amy on “dressing sexy” in your 40s: “Of course women in their forties can dress sexy. And, you know, the term sexy is very subjective.”
Tina on dressing sexy: “Yeah, I do also think that by the time you are in your forties, what you want to wear and what you think is sexy is not always, like, for another person. It’s what makes you feel good…. Sexy is all relative. As an SNL writer I have seen people who are famously sexy, women famous for being beautiful, come in as hosts. The male writers would be so excited; then a couple days in, they are over it. If you know you have 0.000 shot at the person, your body kind of shuts down—and it’s more about who you actually relate to.”
Amy on Tina’s accomplishments: “I think one of your greatest accomplishments was transitioning from the captain you were at SNL to creating a show [30 Rock]. That is so hard—extricating yourself from a place you were so comfortable and successful, then doing something else so well. That, and the fact that you invented the word flerm.”
Tina on Amy’s accomplishments: “I would say that one of your greatest accomplishments, Amy Poehler, is that you have so successfully used your art and comedy as a source of positivity in the world, by creating Smart Girls [an online community for girls, encouraging them to be their authentic selves], by making [Leslie in] Parks and Rec not only a positive feminist character but creating a good-hearted worldview within that program.”
Tina on the advice she would give herself ahead of her wedding: “If I could give myself advice on my wedding day, it would be, “Hunker down, September 11 is coming.” Because I got married in June of 2001. [Pauses.] Any other advice? I don’t know, maybe for a second I would maybe say, like, “Start having babies earlier so that you could have maybe had one more,” because I do like how they come out. But at the same time, that would have probably made it hard for me to do some things that I wanted to do in that time.”
It’s been said before, of course, but I really love the way Amy and Tina are truly each other’s fans. Like, Amy is probably Tina’s favorite comedian and Amy admires Tina so much. It’s more than friendship between them – it’s a model of how two successful and bright women can work together, encourage and challenge each other and still support each other professionally and personally. And these are the same women who got told off by Taylor Swift for “not supporting women.” Seriously.
Photos courtesy of Glamour, WENN.