From Phillips & Company
Two of the funniest people on the planet, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett, are splitting after being married for 9 years. The split is “amicable”, according to sources. The two have two sons, 2-year-old Abel and 3-year-old Archie.
I had a chance to meet Amy and Will a few years ago, when I went out to L.A. for a press junket. That’s when they send a bunch of radio/TV/newspaper people out to interview the stars of a film or TV show. The interview was for the film “Blades of Glory”. Will Ferrell and Jon Heder were the big stars of the film, and Will was a great interview (Jon wasn’t there that day). I talked to Jenna Fischer, too, which was fun since she’s a STL girl, but my favorite interview was Will and Amy.
The two played an evil brother/sister skating team, and they did all their interviews together. They played off each other so well, and they even cracked each other up in the interview.
I brought my husband with me that day, and he sat in the corner of the room where we did the interview. So he could watch the interview, I told a little white lie and said that he was my “producer”. Little did I know that he would become the main focus of the interview with Will and Amy. Throughout the interview, Will kept telling Ryan to stop looking at him. Amy and Will went back and forth, playing Ryan up as their evil nemesis.
Afterward, Ryan could not stop apologizing to me, because he thought he ruined the interview. It only made it funnier, though, when I explained on the air what happened. The story behind the interview was just as good, if not better, than the interview itself.
At the end, I told Will that “Arrested Development” was one of the funniest shows ever, and he was so appreciative of the compliment. Then I told Amy that she made “SNL” better (she was still on the show at the time). Tina Fey recently left to start “30 Rock”, and Amy was doing “Weekend Update” with new co-anchor Seth Meyers. I said they found their groove, and were really great together, and she said thanks.
I know I don’t have a personal stake in their lives, but I love the two of them so much together. I always hold out hope that they can work it out, although I know this wasn’t an easy decision to come by. I wish them both the best, and I’ll always hold onto the memory of their great interview.