Amy Poehler Talks Social Media & Selfies In PAPER: “Instagram Seems Crazy. Everybody’s Like, ‘This Is My Vagina!’”
Amy Poehler is not like most actresses. While most celebrities are documenting their every moment on Instagram and sharing their every thought on Twitter, the 42-year-old star of Parks and Recreation would rather live in the moment.
“When I was a kid, you’d go to a party or a punk rock show and you’d have fun, and you’d bring a camera, and you’d take pictures, and those pictures would stay inside the camera,” she told writer Alex Scordelis for her Paper magazine cover story “Chasing Amy.” “Pictures were an addition to the experience. Now the picture is the experience. If I’m hanging out with a friend, and they take a picture of me, it’s like ‘Ugh.’ I mean, I hate looking at pictures of myself. It immediately takes me out of the experience.”
With that in mind, don’t expect to see a bunch of selfies from the SNL alum come January when she hosts the 2014 Golden Globes alongside Tina Fey. “The amount of Instagram selfies seems crazy out-of-control,” she says. “The idea of, ‘This is my face and everyone needs to see it all the time,’ is so far from the privacy that people used to seek. Now everyone acts the way ’80s performance artists used to act. Everybody’s Karen Finley. Everybody’s like, ‘This is my vagina!’ I’m gonna put shit all over me and take pictures!”
The funny lady admits that she shirks most forms of social media altogether. “I’m not a real social-media person,” she revealed. “I’m not on Twitter. I try not to read too much online because I always get my feelings hurt, even if someone’s flattering you. Like somebody tweeting, ‘Call me crazy, but I think Amy Poehler’s attractive.’ And you’re like, ‘OK? Thank you?’ Or like someone writing, ‘I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I’d have sex with Amy Poehler.’”
Paper‘s Holiday Gift Guide Issue is on newsstands now and the 71st Annual Golden Globes air Sunday, January 12. And for more with Amy read her cover story here and click the video below to learn Poehler’s advice on getting a cute guy underneath the mistletoe.