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Poehler: Emotions change as you age

Published 20/07/2015

Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler sees sadness as a friend.

The American actress puts on an energetic performance voicing the emotion Joy in the latest Disney Pixar movie, Inside Out. She joins Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness in the head of an 11-year-old girl called Riley, who is trying to navigate her life after moving to a new city.

Giving feelings their own personalities has changed Amy's outlook on emotions.

"Yeah, I think that it's always a nice reminder that sadness can be your friend. You know, that it can help you... And so I think about that quite often when I'm feeling conflicted, which emotions are running the show. I think about them now in terms of how they look in the film," she told Cover Media at the film's London press conference. "Disgust and fear were probably a bigger part of my life when I was younger, I don't [feel them] as much any more... I look forward to them coming back in my 60s! But sadness, joy and anger are kind of my top three."

Amy found the movie helped her realise that people never know what someone else is going through, and often the way people are acting doesn't reflect their emotions.

Director and writer Pete Docter used his own daughter Elie as part of the inspiration for the tale. But with such an imagination stemming from when he was a kid, he didn't find it difficult to bring the story to life.

"I had a small elephant, who was not pink, but he drove a magnetic car so he could drive on the walls," he laughed when asked if he used to have an imaginary friend. "That way if I was bored I could just watch him drive around. His name was Norman, I don't know why."

While Amy never had a make believe pal, she joked she does currently have an imaginary enemy, who hopes she doesn't do well in life.

Inside Out hits UK cinemas on Friday.

© Cover Media

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