Are Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph Friends in Real Life?

Although Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph are famous all by themselves, when they are paired together the comedic duo is a force to be reckoned with. After meeting on the set of SNL they have gone on to make fans laugh in a variety of other collaborations. The pair have fabulous on-screen chemistry so it obviously leads fans to wonder if the two are real-life friends as well.

Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph were on SNL together

Amy Poehler (R) and Maya Rudolph (L)
Amy Poehler (R) and Maya Rudolph (L) | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Poehler and Rudolph met on the set of SNL in 2001 when Poehler joined the cast. The three women on the show — Tina Fey, Poehler and Rudolph — got along really well and their chemistry is evident in their funny improv with one another.

Rudolph has discussed her first meeting with Poehler on the set. “I walked into the writers’ room,” she told Vanity Fair, “and I feel like you [Amy] were sitting on the table and everyone was just gathered around like, ‘Ahhhh, finally: Amy’s here.'”

Their time on SNL only served to permanently solidify their friendships.

Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph have collaborated on a few things

The two starred on SNL together for a number of years, but they didn’t stop there. They also have starred in several TV shows, appeared in live comedic performances, and worked hand-in-hand on a few movies.

Rudolph hosted a variety show with Martin Short entitled Maya and Marty on which Poehler was a celebrity guest during its first and only season. Later the two both played in the hit movie, Sisters, with Fey.

Their most recent collaboration is Poehler’s new movie, Wine Country, which debuted on Netflix in May 2019.

Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph embody the definition of female friendship goals

Both Rudolph and Poehler have publicly expressed their love for one another. The pair defines what it means to grow in friendship and have an easy comradeship that is enviable.

Poehler explains in her interview with Parade: “Female friendships are really important, especially the older you get…because I think that, to orient yourself in the world there’s nothing like a long term, female friend who has perspective, who kinda knows your growth, who can go into the deep end with you right away.”

This isn’t the first time she’s noted that she invests in her female friendships either. Poehler often has mentioned how important fostering friendship has been to her, both for her career and personally.

Rudolph also gushes about how important Poehler is to her. Rudolph explained to E!News with starring with Poehler in Wine Country was so important to her:

“We should take advantage of any chance we get to do this because as I grow in this life, the more time I spend away from my family, I just want to be with people that I want to spend my time with and these are people I deeply, deeply love,” Rudolph said.

Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph are friends in real life

You can watch Poehler’s directorial debut movie Wine Country on Netflix. She stars in it, along with Rudolph, Fey and a handful of other talented, female, SNL alums.

The movie follows the group of gal pals as they take a weekend getaway to celebrate a friend’s 50th birthday party. It mirrors a trip that Poehler and Rudolph actually took together and focuses on the idea that long-lasting friendships are possible and also, hilarious.

Their real-life friendships are evident throughout the movie as they easily play off of one another throughout the chic-centric comedy. In her typical fashion, Rudolph jokes about the longevity of their real-life friendship too, “These ladies are gonna change my diapers,” she jokes.