As this season of Parks and Recreation draws to a close, Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope has a lot on her plate.
But, beneath the show's small Indiana town flavor, there are some poignant and political movements mulling around it.
Amy dishes on how she and writer Michael Shur create a balance between crazy antics and depth.
She states the following on how the show explores politics:
We talk about it all the time, Mike and I, because we always kind of struggle with how corrupted Leslie will become, or would become. Or how cynical she will or would become.
This year there was an episode, a bowling episode, where Leslie finds out that [a voter doesn't like her]. She watches a focus group. I don’t know if you’ve ever gotten a chance to do that…
As an actor, you can certainly, at any moment and at any time, discover 400 people who think you’re stupid, fat and ugly.
But focus groups — they can be poisonous as well as informative, I guess. In that episode, Leslie finds out that one guy just doesn’t like her, and it just drives her crazy.
And it’s just a lesson that there [are some] people that don’t like you.
Gurl, we know how you feel on that one!
Amy also talks about how the show can expand in the future, despite the slow world of politics or a parks department.
Amy wrote and directed "The Debate" and she believes that the show can continue whether her character wins or loses the election.
Personally, we want to see her win…but losing to Paul Rudd is okay…or not!
LESLIE KNOPE FOR THE WIN!
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