Amy Poehler lights up Vivid Sydney with exclusive Inside Out 2 first-look

In a Vivid Sydney exclusive, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress and comedian, Amy Poehler has taken part in a special Vivid Ideas event at the Sydney Opera House this past Monday, the 27th May.

Poehler, who is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought-after talents, with credits including actress, writer, director, producer, and bestselling author, was in Sydney for Vivid Sydney Presents – In Conversation with Amy Poehler plus a special first look at Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2.

The sold-out event at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, offered the audience an exclusive 30-minute look of select scenes from the highly-anticipated Inside Out 2, the sequel to Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award-winning and critically acclaimed Inside Out, which sees Poehler once again voice the role of the emotion Joy. The Conversation, moderated by Zan Rowe, explored Amy’s unique mind.

Notable guests stepped out for the event, including children’s entertainer Emma Watkins, Rove McManus, actress April Rose Pengilly, Senior Vice President & Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company Australia & New Zealand Kylie Watson-Wheeler, The Wiggles’ Tsehay Hawkins, comedian Tanya Hennessy, and many more.

As Poehler walked the purple carpet prior to the event, our own Peter Gray briefly spoke with the actress to ask what she thinks her character would want to learn as a new skill; the question inspired by Poehler’s own recent journey of dedicating herself to learning something new every month.  So far Poehler has attempted the art of tai-chi and Mahjong, but she believes Joy would be a little bit more adventurous.

“Oh, my gosh, she probably learns a new thing every day.  What would she want to learn? She’d want to learn something like yodelling, you know what I mean? Something very active and energetic.  I like to sit down.  She’d probably want to learn to skydive, don’t you think? Something big and exhilarating. Tiring, yeah.”

Following the Vivid Ideas event, a bespoke Inside Out 2 projection lit up Customs House at Circular Quay for a one off, 30-minute projection.

Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s leading multi-artform festival, transforms Sydney into a vibrant hub of creativity, innovation and community connection. Reflecting the 2024 festival theme, Humanity, the Vivid Ideas program is a forum for inspiration, challenging and reshaping conventional thinking about the world, bringing sharp analysis, careful listening and memorable discourse to Sydney.

Vivid Sydney is on now until Saturday 15 June 2024. For more information and to keep updated about the program, visit the official site here.

Inside Out 2 is screening in Australian theatres from June 15th, 2024.

Peter Gray

Seasoned film critic. Gives a great interview. Penchant for horror. Unashamed fan of Michelle Pfeiffer and Jason Momoa.