It’s now over two years since NBC’s widely loved local government sitcom Parks and Recreation came to an end, however, its characters, including most prominently Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) now seem more relevant than ever. So much so that Poehler has been reflecting on her character’s relationship with Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) over the course of the show’s seven-year run.
According to Digital Spy, actress Amy Poehler was accepting Glamour’s Inspiration of the Year award last night when she spoke about the strong onscreen female relationship between her character Leslie Knope and Rashida Jones’ character Ann Perkins over the course of the show’s seven seasons, before speculating about their characters’ futures.
“Rashida, you are as wide of heart as you are thin of the wrist. I’m very proud of how we celebrated the strength of female relationships on Parks and Recreation,” she said. “I’d like to think our characters of Leslie and Ann would spend their last days together in some kind of polyamorous situation that benefits both of them financially.”
Whilst the fate of Parks and Recreations’ much-loved characters will never fully be known, the show’s finale did flash forward to a glimpse of what each character would be doing in the future. Most notably, the series finale features a brief scene with Leslie and her husband Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott), surrounded by their Secret Service agents. Whilst it was never explicitly stated that Leslie had become president, her consistent references to one day reaching the White House throughout the show and the presence of Secret Service agents suggest that she ultimately achieved her goal.
That being said, in an interview with the Huffington Post, Nick Offerman, who played Leslie’s boss and close friend Ron Swanson in the NBC sitcom appeared to quash any speculation that Leslie would become the first female president, claiming that Leslie ultimately wouldn’t want to end up in the White House.
“I would be dubious. I feel like it takes a very special personality to actually want to become president of the United States. In show business… to me, the president is more like an A-list movie star and there is a lot about that lifestyle that is not attractive to most people, and I think Leslie would be one of those people,” he said. “I feel like she might become governor at most.”
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Whilst accepting the aforementioned Inspiration of the Year award, Poehler also took the opportunity to mock Donald Trump with an impression of the president.
“It does feel silly to accept this award this year but, in the US, this year is all about undeserved wins,” she said as she accepted the award, seemingly referring to Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in November’s presidential election. “I’m the most glamorous, I’m the most beautiful, this win is huge, nobody respects glamorous women like I do.”
Poehler is no stranger to impersonating politicians, however. During her time as a cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live between 2001 and 2008, she became renowned for playing Hillary Clinton during political sketches, with one particular sketch receiving acclaim for Poehler and co-star Tina Fey, who play Clinton and Sarah Pailin for a “joint political campaign slot.”
As a homage to Poehler’s time on Saturday Night Live, her character on Parks and Recreation Leslie Knope was a huge fan of Hillary Clinton, with a picture of the former first lady hung on her wall.
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