Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on the joys (and curse) of working together
It’s been seven years since Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made Baby Mama together, so it was time for the Golden Globes all-stars to reunite for another adventure on the big screen. “Tina and I have a pact that every seven years we have to work on a project together or else the curse of a witch comes true and one of us suddenly ages,” says Poehler.
In Sisters, directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), Fey plays former wild child Kate while Poehler plays ultra-responsible, recently divorced Maura. When they discover that their parents are planning on selling their childhood home, they decided it is their duty to throw one truly epic last blowout. “It would have been more expected to see me in the role of Maura,” says Fey, who also served as a producer. “I thought the fun would be watching Maura lose her mind, and Amy would be so good. She’s funnier than I would ever be at that.”
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Working together in the summer of 2014 with a cast filled with funny people — including Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinhotz, Jon Leguizamo, Rachel Dratch, Kate McKinnon, and longtime SNL and 30 Rock writer Paula Pell, who wrote the screenplay — meant that things on set could get a little punchy. “We’d f–k around a lot,” Poehler says. “Tina and I have such a shorthand, and Paula is so funny, there were a couple of times when we couldn’t stop laughing. And that is the best feeling — it’s when I feel I really get to have the greatest job.”
So does this mean we won’t have to wait another seven years for the pair to re-team? “We’re going to step into the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise,” Fey says. “I feel like there’s a real sexual chemistry we have yet to explore.”
Sisters arrives in theaters on Dec. 18.