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Amy Poehler's pursuit of happiness

Amy Poehler sometimes finds it complicated to work out how her sons are feeling.

The 43-year-old actress voices the emotion Joy in the new Disney Pixar movie, which follows the feelings of an 11-year-old girl called Riley.

Amy explored the different areas of joy while preparing for the role and learnt a valuable lesson along the way.

"It can be manic, or it can be fully present, so it was playing all the shades of her. Because happiness is a really vague term, happiness and the pursuit of it," she told Cover Media at the film's London press conference. "What I love about the film is that it reminds us that it's OK not to be happy all the time. No one is, in fact the pursuit of being happy all the time often gets in the way of change, growth and the next best thing."

The flick proved to be a big hit with her sons, Archie and Abel with her husband Will Arnett. Director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera, who were also present during the conference, are parents as well so all three were able to relate to the movie's various scenarios.

Amy even tried to use the animations to her advantage, such as when discussing Anger, voiced by Lewis Black, with her boys.

"We all have kids and to watch them figure out how they feel is complicated because they often don't know how to express it. What I love about the film is that it gives children tools, ways to talk about how they're feeling that isn't the direct, 'How are you feeling?'" she explained. "And my boys certainly do that, they talk about anger as a character and by doing so we can then say, 'Isn't it funny when you get angry, you don't listen?' I've tried that, they go, 'Wait a minute... What are you trying to do to me?'"

Inside Out hits UK cinemas later this month.

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