A Minute With: Amy Poehler on singing and crying for 'Inside Out'
By Daina Beth Solomon
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif (Reuters) - Actress Amy Poehler often plays upbeat characters, but the comedian brims with pep in Pixar's animated film "Inside Out" as Joy, an emotion living inside an 11-year-old girl named Riley.
When Riley moves to a new city, Joy teams up with Sadness to boost Riley's well-being.
Ahead of the film's Friday debut, Poehler, 43, said "Inside Out" let her cultivate her comedic talent. Below are interview excerpts.
Q: How did you develop a character out of an abstract idea?
A: When you're doing any kind of comedic performance, you have to figure out what are the rules of this character? Joy has very specific rules: Keep going, stay positive, stay in the moment, don't overthink it. She does that because she has fear that things are going to turn sad. It was fun to play a character that had an arc. Suddenly Joy's crying halfway through the movie.
Pixar does a great job in always not condescending to their audience. They don't make "kids movies." I love their brave attempt to go in, when a lot of movies these days are about external disasters and fabricated bad guys. Pixar decided … we're going to make the setting an 11-year-old girl.
Q: What did you enjoy from the experience?
A: Pixar is the gold standard. It's like any project, though … Does the project come from an authentic place? Is there a person with a really specific voice at the helm? Are you working with talented people who like to collaborate? All those boxes were checked. Continued...