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Amy Poehler: Tina Fey's 22-year friendship is 'like a good marriage'

The "Sisters" stars and "Saturday Night Live" alumnae answered fans' questions for Glamour magazine.
/ Source: TODAY

While "Sisters" stars Amy Poehler and Tina Fey teamed up to answer Glamour readers' questions in hilarious fashion, one of Poehler's answers might explain why they've had that undeniable chemistry for 22 years.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 20: Honoree Tina Fey (L) and actress Amy Poehler attend ELLE's 21st Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for ELLE)Getty Images file

"It's like a good marriage," Poehler, 44, said of her bond with Fey, whom she met in 1993 when they were students and performers at Chicago's ImprovOlympic Theater. "My mom always says it's very important to have people in your life who knew you when. The older you get, the more you treasure that idea of someone knowing your family and where you came from, and being around during these times and these times."

As for Fey's secret to achieving such high friendship goals? "We don't see each other very often," Fey, 45, told the magazine, which published the fun Q&A online Tuesday.

That kind of unity has its benefits on the set as well.

"There's usually this moment at the beginning of a film when you have to go out for dinner and talk to [an unfamiliar co-star] and be like, 'How do you like to work?'" Poehler said. "We didn't have to do any of that when we first started 'Sisters.'"

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The "Saturday Night Live" alumnae also had positive things to say about dressing on their terms, at any age.

"Of course women in their 40s can dress sexy," Poehler said. "And, you know, the term sexy is very subjective."

Added Fey, who memorably appeared in an "Inside Amy Schumer" sketch that satirically celebrated actresses' final days as sex symbols, "Yeah, I do also think that by the time you are in your 40s, what you want to wear and what you think is sexy is not always, like, for another person. It's what makes you feel good."

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Poehler followed that up by citing her efforts to define people by non-superficial qualities. "Wouldn't it be amazing if you spent one day not mentioning how anybody looks, or how you look?" Poehler added. "I think I tried it as an exercise one time. I was saying, 'Oh, she's that really funny person.' Or, 'He's that guy who has that great science mind,' so you don't say, like, 'He's the tall one'; 'She's whatever.' And then, if you look in the mirror, you don't say, 'How do I look?' It's almost impossible."

"Sisters" arrives in theaters Dec. 18.

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