Inside Out 2's Amy Poehler reveals why 'anger' fuels her: 'People would be surprised'

"I don't think that anger runs my life, but I like it, it's fun."

Amy Poehler looking angry in Parks and Recreation
Inside Out's Amy Poehler tells Yahoo Lifestyle that anger fuels her work, which she believes people would be 'surprised' by. Photo: NBC

Amy Poehler is back as Joy in Inside Out 2, the sequel to the fan-favourite Disney Pixar film that was first released in 2015.

In Inside Out, we're introduced to Joy, Anger, Sadness, Fear and Disgust, the emotions the run the mind of Riley, a young girl who is uprooted from her life in Minnesota and moved to San Francisco after her dad gets a job there. With the move, Riley's emotions are conflicted on how to handle the move, which, of course, results in chaos!


Speaking with Yahoo Lifestyle, Amy reveals why she believes anger is the emotion that fuels her, telling us, "I have to say that I find anger is a fun fuel. I think people would be surprised that that is something – a healthy dose, a healthy processed amount, especially for women."

She continues, "I think women if they get in touch with their anger in a healthy way, and they don't let it run their life, but just a touch of it can be helpful. It's a motivator. I don't think that anger runs my life, but I like it, it's fun, it's funny, it's good for comedy!"

"It can get you out of bed," Amy says with a laugh.

The original emotions from Inside Out 2
Inside Out 2 sees all of your favourite emotions return, plus more! Photo: Pixar

Inside Out 2 sees Riley (Kensington Tallman) a little older and ready to enter high school (and puberty) with the introduction of several new emotions – Anxiety (Maya Hawke), Envy (Aye Edebiri), Ennui (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and Embarrassment (Paul Walter Hauser).

As Riley grapples with starting high school, her new emotions push Joy, Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Tony Hale) and Disgust (Liza Lapira) out, leaving Anxiety to run the show.

Disney and Pixar are known for dropping little Easter Eggs into their films – hidden details for their most eagle-eyed viewers, with Amy sharing her favourite Easter Egg from Inside Out 2.

"There's a moment in the second film, where all the emotions are sleeping, and we get to see them in their beds with their little pyjamas, and Joy has a little Bing Bong doll by her bed, which just makes me so happy to see, because Bing Bong is forever in our hearts," Amy shares, referencing the fan favourite character from the first film.

Joy, voice by Amy Poehler, and Anxiety, voiced by Maya Hawke, in Inside Out 2
Amy reveals the best part about bringing Joy to life is she gets to 'go big'. Photo: Pixar

While many people would assume voice work is easy, Amy reveals that it can be hard at times, telling us, "Well, the fun part is you have to go really big, you know, you have to really go for it. You can't be cool and collected, which is fine with me. But you have to take big swings."

"And the other hard part is that the movie is a long, collaborative process," she adds. "So there's stuff you record that goes away or changes or you know, like, there's a lot of changing, so you can't get too attached to the stuff that you loved.


"You have to let it go. I mean, it's very much like Joy's journey, you have to just kind of go with the flow. But it's a blast, it's a really fun way to take very big swings."

Inside Out 2 is out in cinemas on June 13, 2024.

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