Amy Poehler, the star of the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” doesn’t buy into the conventional wisdom that television is inferior to film. As she told the New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy in their conversation this evening, Poehler believes that television is way ahead of film in at least one important category: its depiction of women.
“I think films are kind of catching up in a way to where television has been for a long time. Television is still, in my opinion, the best place for female characters,” she said. “I’m so down with TV right now. Everything I watch is on TV and I love everything on TV and I think most TV shows are better than movies—there, I said it.” Poehler’s favorites? “Mad Men,” “Hoarders,” and “Breaking Bad.”
Levy described Leslie Knope, the earnest small-town politician Poehler plays on “Parks and Recreation,” as her “favorite feminist on TV.” Poehler, too, identifies with Leslie’s can-do spirit. “I don’t think believing one person can make a difference, or change is going to come, means that you’re silly or that you’re uninformed,” she said.
There is, however, at least one crucial difference between Poehler and her onscreen counterpart: “She loves to go camping, and I do not.”
The New Yorker