Amy Poehler will be the first to tell you: She’s not some Hollywood babe.
And that’s just fine.
“In a shallow business, I just had to come to terms with being really okay with not being … symmetrical,” the Parks and Recreation star tells PEOPLE. “You can spend your life trying to be [perfect], and you can tweak and nip and tuck, and then be afraid to move your face.”
Of course, staying confident is a tricky balancing act.
“There’s a line between feeling healthy, strong and sexy and feeling good about yourself, and being worried about how you measure up,” says Poehler, 43, whose illuminating and hilarious memoir, Yes Please, is exclusively excerpted in this week’s PEOPLE.
“Some days I wake up and I’m just like, ‘All right, I’m feelin’ really good,’ and some days I loathe myself. Just like everyone else.”
And on those days, she admits, neither fame nor fortune gives her a leg up.
“It’s so funny because it doesn’t matter what you do, whether you have your picture in a magazine or you don’t, there are days where you’re just feeling it and other days where you look at yourself and say, ‘Oh my god, who is that old woman in the store window? Oh my god, it’s me!’ ”
The Golden Globe winner credits her mother and father with helping instill a healthy sense of self-worth early in life.
“My parents encouraged me, and I did not have a mother who criticized me about what I looked like or wore,” says Poehler, who enjoyed a “lucky childhood” growing up outside of Boston. “She just never told me that I looked fat, and there was never a huge focus on looks – now what that led to was really terribly documented high school [years]!”
Perspective from Her Children
These days, Poehler also gleans perspective from her kids, sons Archie, nearly 6, and Abel, 4, with her ex-husband Will Arnett.
“They really teach you to stay in the moment, since kids don’t really care about the past or the future, and they’re not interested in hoping for what will come. They’re ‘let’s play now!’ ” she says.
That now also happens to be pretty great. “The older I get, I feel like the better my life has gotten,” says Poehler, who has been dating actor-comedian Nick Kroll since 2013.
“I like hard work and I don’t like pretending things are perfect,” she says – though the star has few complaints.
“I wouldn’t give anything to be back in my 20s at all. Maybe I wouldn’t mind the amount of sleep I got then or for my stomach to be smaller, but mentally, no way.”
For more of Amy Poehler’s interview and to read an exclusive excerpt from her memoir, Yes Please, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
Amy Poehler is reteaming with fellow Parks And Recreation executive producer Aisha Muharrar to create another single-camera sitcom for NBC. In it, a young agnostic woman inherits a church and the colorful ensemble of characters within. The show is being described as a workplace comedy, so Parks comparisons are apt, but it seems unlikely that Poehler will star in the series, and it’s unknown whether NBC is grooming the show to replace Parks on the schedule, once that show wraps later this year.
Muharrar, who began working on Parks as a staff writer and penned several episodes—including the most recent season finale—will write the as-yet-untitled new series.
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Smart Girls At The Party, Amy Poehler’s online community for women, is joining Nerdist and Geek & Sundry as part of Legendary Entertainment’s Digital Network. Headed by Meredith Walker, Smart Girls has generated more than 5 million views on its YouTube Channel and collected more than 550,000 Facebook fans since it was created in 2008 by Poehler, Walker and Amy Miles. In addition to developing multiplatform, branded premium content, Smart Girls will have access to Legendary’s fully supported platform, which will provide advertising, marketing, audience development and production infrastructure.
Amy Poehler will have some celebrity friends and her high school English teacher on hand for her upcoming book tour.
HarperCollins Publishers imprint Dey Street Books said Monday the star of “Parks and Recreation” has four appearances planned to promote her memoir “Yes Please.”
After an Oct. 27 reading at Barnes & Noble in New York City’s Union Square, Poehler will speak with former “Saturday Night Live” colleague Seth Meyers uptown at the 92nd Street Y on Oct. 28, the day the book comes out. Norman Lear will join her at the University of California, Los Angeles on Nov. 8. Poehler will chat with her former teacher Kathy Dalton at Boston’s Back Bay Events Center on Oct. 29.
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According to ew.com, Amy Poehler will be a presenter at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards!