Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the envy of all best friends. They’re funny, smart, beautiful and (perhaps most importantly) only interested in supporting each other and other women. It’s hard not to wonder why the dynamic duo doesn’t work on every project together. Well, it turns out there’s a very specific reason, and it’s actually really great.
While Fey was at the Tribeca Film Festival, TV Guide asked her why she and Poehler only work on movies together and not an entire series. Fey answered honestly that the two just can’t. She said, “People sometimes used to say, ‘Why don’t you guys do a series together?’ or whatever. And the funny thing is that I think we both know this to be true, it’s because we’re actually both alphas. So, it works in short spurts, but I don’t know if it would make a real dynasty.”
Fey unapologetically owning her powerful personality is the best thing to happen to me today. We all need more examples like that.
We also need more women explicitly saying they are going to work successfully on their own. One successful woman in any industry, but especially Hollywood, opens the door for any other talented woman to rise to the top. Working together is wonderful, but working separately and getting things done as an independent creator is equally important. Especially if working together would put such an amazing friendship in jeopardy.
As a TV fan, I am disappointed that that means no Leslie Knope/Liz Lemon collaboration, but as woman, I am thrilled that more shows will be run by women. That gives us all a better chance of having our voice represented accurately and not having to cram all of our opinions into one role.