Amy Poehler, a Working Mother, on Family Traditions #FreeBirds

by Jennifer Donovan

This post is a result of a press trip sponsored by Relativity Media. My opinions remain my own.


It’s always fun interviewing actors and directors, hearing more about how movies are made, and why they do what they do (It’s pretty cool when they tell you to kneel down and share their chair as well).

Earlier this month we chatted with Amy Poehler about her new movie Free Birds. In this movie, two turkeys go back in time to get turkey off the first Thanksgiving menu:

As you can see, Reggie (voiced by Owen Wilson) likes pizza, so that figures into the plot.

We asked her if she was going to add pizza to her Thanksgiving meal this year:

She said that she’s just happy that her kids eat anything at all. Like a lot of us, she is fighting that battle in her home, trying to introduce new foods.

Amy told us that she enjoys cooking, though doesn’t get to do it as much as she used to. Her take on holidays was interesting (and freeing!):

I feel like holidays in general–correct me if I’m wrong, you guys would know more than me–are becoming really lose in a good way. I feel like everybody’s deciding how they want it to be. Especially when you have your own family, you kind of get to decide how you want to spend your holiday, like what suddenly is important.

What traditions is Amy trying to create for her family?

One is watching movies with her kids Archie and Abel on Thanksgiving night: “Showing them a movie they’ve never seen is always really fun. Last year, we watched Willie Wonka, which was a big deal.”


And the question that all successful working moms get asked:”How do you balance it all?”

My answer is pretty much the same all the time, which is just kind of figuring out what is good for you. What works for you is what works. Everybody’s thing is different. And especially as you at anybody says. Do your thing. Whatever works for you and your family is the right thing.

She mentioned books several times in our conversations, so being the good book blogger that I am, I asked about some of their favorites. Check out Amy Poehler’s thoughts on reading with her children at 5 Minutes for Books.

Free Birds, from Relativity Media and Reel FX Animation Studios, opens November 1


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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 samantha w October 31, 2013 at 3:36 am

She seems like such an easy going person, I have liked her in so many things that she has done.


2 vickie couturier October 31, 2013 at 9:59 am

good intereview,interesting to know that she has problems an concerns just like all us Moms have..she is very good actre


3 patricia caradonna November 1, 2013 at 5:32 am

Nice that Amy is creating traditions with her family. Thanksgiving is such a wonderful family holiday. Can’t wait to enjoy the holiday with my family. My four kids will all be home from college.


4 Mary W November 1, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I love Amy Poehler. It’s nice to see that she is a real down to earth person and a Mom just like us. Pizza for Thanksgiving sounds like a great idea to me!


5 Tami Vollenweider November 2, 2013 at 12:23 am

She seemed so genuine and like a normal housewife and mom today!I did work for many years and know the juggling of work and home time!!


6 LaVonne November 2, 2013 at 2:01 am

I like the tradition of watching a movie with the kids on Thanksgiving. Great idea!


7 Sarah L November 2, 2013 at 2:24 am

With blended families it’s sometimes hard to work around schedules. We have one Thanksgiving at home and another on the Friday after. (no black Friday for us)


8 Tammy S November 2, 2013 at 7:40 pm

I think she nailed it on the head. You have to figure out what works for your family. I know we do things a little different at our house on Thanksgiving then we did when I was growing up. We always play board games all day instead of football.


9 Cheryl F. November 2, 2013 at 11:11 pm

I always enjoy watching Amy Poehler. She’s very funny.


10 Leslie Brown November 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

Unfortunately, my kids don’t eat just anything so Thanksgiving can be a challenge. I have 10 year old twins and one is really picky. She might eat turkey but would turn her nose up at everything else! Actually pizza for Thanksgiving would be right up her alley.


11 Maria Iemma November 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm

She seems like a very down to earth individual. I like her idea about spending family holidays. It can be so nice and yet it can be very stressful, in my opinion.


12 shaunie November 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Its great she is exposing them to new things, i think it will create great curiosity and increasement in learning although its just for fun


13 Cynthia R November 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm

i really like Amy Poehler, loved her in Saturday Night Live. Think she has a good balanced attitude about life and motherhood, hope the movie does well!


14 Tammy Woodall November 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

Amy Poehler is a very talented woman. She seems like a very down-to-earth actress that’s both smart and funny.


15 kathy pease November 10, 2013 at 9:09 am

one of our favorite things to do is watch the macys thanksgiving day parade..I love this time of year it brings everyone together :)


16 Buddy Garrett November 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I enjoyed the interview. Holidays are about tradition. We can’t wait to have our daughter hone from college to celebrate Thanksgiving.


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