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Amy Poehler backstage at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Jan. 12, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.

Amy Poehler at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Best Actress in a Television Comedy Series

(“Parks and Recreation”)

After hosting the Golden Globe Awards in 2013 and 2014, you and Tina Fey were playful but said some things. Did anybody come up to you last year or tonight and say, “I love you, but if you ever say anything like that, I am going to get you”?

No, the room is filled with nominees. So I think most of the people feel like they have already won for the good job that they have done. It is a happy crowd, so everyone is pretty game.

What was the highlight of the night for you tonight?

Kissing Bono and winning and getting to sit at the table with my “Parks and Recreation” cast, which meant a lot to us in Season 6.

How do you and Tina Fey get ready for an event like this?

We write jokes for a long time and sit in very boring clothes and work on computers. It’s not very sexy. And then about four hours before the show we dip ourselves in paraffin and go about our evening. We have always worked together. We work hard and last-minute.

Is there any issue with the fact that you were nominated and Tina wasn’t?

Oh, gosh, no. Like the category of women that I have been included in many times is so great. We all really like each other a lot and we always kind of joke around about who wins and loses. So we have a really good time. It is kind of weird being a winner. It is a little bit fun being a loser, too. So they are both fun.

Amy, you had to think on your feet so fast. It is live television. Is there anything tonight, where you though, “I have to get through this”?

Yeah, my speech. I really didn’t expect to win. Every actress says that, but I didn’t because I have never won. I have been here many times at awards shows. So I don’t really remember my speech, and being that I knew it was live television and we were four minutes over, I tried to keep it short.

People were talking online about how there are some pretty big upsets this year. What award most surprised you?

Oh, that’s a good one. Upsets. I don’t follow the predictions very much, so I don’t know who was predicted. What were the upsets?

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”?

Sure, yeah. “Parks and Rec,” we were sitting next to the “Brooklyn” table because we share a lot of lovers. So it felt like a shared victory.

This is a very full time in your life and professionally on the show hosting all the things you’re doing. What drives you now?

That’s a good question. Only in New York. I think what drives me is the opportunities I have now, the people I get to work with, the good work and just “Parks and Recreation” is a job that I love. I don’t know if I expressed it eloquently enough up there, but it is truly a dream job to go and work there every day. It is like a dream.

So to do work that I feel proud of that I would actually watch and take it to get to work with people that I like and admire. And tonight was an example of my old friends being there and winning. That’s really cool to watch your friends and peers and people and to turn to your right and see your oldest friend, your 20-year-old friend. It feels very personal and professional at the same time. I guess I didn’t answer your question.

You said it is personal. Where are you going to keep your Golden Globe?

Oh, this. I told my son I might win an award tonight. He said, “How big is it?” He might be impressed by the size. I’ll give it to Archie, my oldest, and he’ll give it to Abel when he can hold it.

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