THR Cover: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Spill Golden Globes Secrets
THR: The Oscars are going a different direction this year with Seth MacFarlane. What will the biggest difference be between your act and his?
Fey: I think the Oscars is just such a bigger task, you know, to sing and dance and do the pre-taped segments and all that stuff. I think Seth will be real good at it.
Poehler: The Golden Globes is the one time where the beautiful people of movies rub shoulders with the ragged people in TV. We have a lot of TV people whose behavior, frankly, we’re not going to be able to predict because they’re just lucky to be there!
Fey: The only thing we really have in common with Seth is that none of us are really going to watch all the movies. [Laughs.]
THR: Have you made any effort at all?
Fey: Not yet.
Poehler: I just watched The Impossible, which is unbelievable. Holy moly, it was so good. The young actor in that, Tom Holland. Best acting I’ve seen all year. He’s not nominated for a Golden Globe, but I might accidentally read his name.
Fey: We don’t care!
THR: You are both nominated for acting, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association snubbed your shows. Have you complained?
Poehler: Ah, no.
Fey: I think what makes the Golden Globes kind of fun is they sometimes nominate unusual things and things that aren’t on the regular path of other shows.
THR: Go ahead, you can say Smash.
Fey: Oh, I’m thrilled about Smash’s nomination! You don’t even know what a Smash viewer I am. I want to meet all of them.
THR: How did you two first become friends?
Fey: We first met because we were on the same improv team at ImprovOlympic in Chicago in 1993, maybe.
Poehler: We graduated in ’93, and we both moved to Chicago. We were put together by this woman, Charna Halpern, and she said, “I think you guys will work well together.” We were the two women on a 10-person improv team. Also, we studied with Del Close together.
THR: What’s the funniest you’ve seen each other be?
Fey: For whatever reason, one of the first that comes to mind is when she used to play Michael Jackson with no makeup on, just a wig.
Poehler: So many different things, whether it be a rap or a weird character who she’s been in a sketch, or just in Tina’s office, behind the scenes — that, in many ways, is funnier than — [Poehler’s phone connection abruptly cuts off.]
THR: Looks like we lost Amy. Tina, you recently featured your daughter Alice on 30 Rock. Would you ever let her be Miss Golden Globe?
Fey: Not this year. I think she should be at least 9 before she’s Miss Golden Globe.
THR: You have a big new deal with Universal Television to possibly create another show. Have you thought about what might be next? TV or films?
Fey: I want to try to do a little bit of both. Right now, we’re moving out of our old office, just trying to figure out where our new office will be, where [30 Rock executive producer] Robert Carlock and [Fey’s husband and executive producer] Jeff Richmond and I can try to think of a new TV show.