A minute with: Amy Poehler about "Hoodwinked"

Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:01am EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Since catapulting to fame on the TV show "Saturday Night Live," Amy Poehler has acted in and produced her own series "Parks & Recreation" and appeared in films like "Blades of Glory" and "Baby Mama."

She has also carved out a voice-over career in films including "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," "Monsters vs. Aliens" and "Horton Hears a Who!"

Poehler returns to theaters Friday as the evil Gretel in the animated film "Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs Evil." In the movie, operatives from the Happily Ever After agency, including Red Riding Hood and Wolf, must thwart the sinister plans by Gretel and her brother Hansel.

Poehler, 39, spoke to Reuters about the film, her TV show and being a mother to two little boys.

Q: Hansel and Gretel were not in the original 2005 "Hoodwinked!" film. What made you come aboard for the sequel?

A: "It's always fun to play a bad guy. It was a delight to play someone with a foreign accent and a mean disposition. What I really like about animation is that you can really go for it and make broad choices that you don't always get to make in other mediums. It's fun to go big."

Q: Did you enjoy working alongside your former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Bill Hader, who voiced Hansel?

A: "It was really fun. The first time I went in to record, Bill and I did it together. Then we went back and did some stuff on our own. Being together that first time was really helpful too, especially when it's someone as funny and talented as Bill."   Continued...

<p>Actress Amy Poehler arrives to be honored at the 2011 Time 100 Gala ceremony in New York April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>