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Amy Poehler Sums up This Parenting Thing in One Simple Quote

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Erik Pendzich/REX USA (1837145ae)
Amy Poehler
'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' film premiere, New York, America - 15 Dec 2013
Photograph by Erik Pendzich/REX USA

Those first few years of parenting—while, yes, filled with lots of joy and happiness and irreplaceable first memories—also bring with them the worst years of sleep you have ever, and will ever, experience in your life. But as Amy Poehler proves, not even moms with hit shows and two-year Golden Globes hosting gigs are exempt from it all.

In a recent interview with Elle magazine, Poehler touched upon this fact in her usual frank and funny way, saying: “Now that I have kids, I’m up at 5:30 a.m. no matter what. Sleep at this point is just a concept, something I’m looking forward to investigating in the future."

Man, do we feel you, Amy.

The interview, which you can read in its entirety in the upcoming January 14 issue, was part of Elle's Women in TV series, in which Poehler also spoke about that ever-elusive concept of "free time."

"I’d like to say that I maintain that same sense of play and creativity and spontaneity ... of being able to get into a room with people and say, ‘Let’s waste some time,’" said Poehler. "When you’re a creative person, even when you’re in a position of power, you still have to be able to straddle both worlds.”

By the looks of things, it seems that Poehler is doing just fine at that. Apart from her acting career being pretty stellar at the moment, she's also exploring writing, directing, and producing. “I like to do things that challenge me and make me nervous," she told the mag. "You learn early as an actor that creating your own material is the only way to have any control. Hollywood is like a bad boyfriend. You can’t stand around and wait to be asked to dance.”

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