Leslie Barbara Knope || January 18, 1975
I really fell in love with the show and the characters and also Amy’s character Leslie Knope has kind of evolved into this heartbreaking, hilarious, but really just the sweetest character on television right now. I think that she’s just such a big heart. So, to watch her week to week, striving for this perfection in government has been really hilarious but also uniquely heartbreaking - Adam Scott
- Trust me, you can do better than Joe.
- Oh no, I don’t think I can! No way!
“But optimism doesn’t mean naïveté or lack of intelligence. Leslie comes from this feeling that one person can make a difference — so let’s go! Charge! And we wanted to write a show about how hard that is, how hard it is to move just the smallest amount, how bureaucratic red tape and people’s malaise get in the way of someone wanting to, let’s say, build a park in their small town.” - Amy Poehler
“We take great pains in all the episodes to show how much her friends’ happiness means to her and the crazy lengths that she’ll go to to help her friends when they’re in trouble. Like when Ron is in trouble with his ex-wives, she’ll throw herself on a number of different grenades for him. In the first ever Ron and Tammy episode, Ron saw that happen and it really affected him. It laid the foundation for the rest of their relationship. Part of the theme of the show is if you’re that kind of person, that will come back and help you. That was the whole design of last season for us: When she was in a crisis and her campaign managers pulled out, her friends said, “Screw it, we’ll help you.” That’s the essence of who the character is and the world she inhabits: She’s a person who is so genuinely mindful of the people around her and wants so badly to help them succeed and achieve their goals and dreams that she’s now in a situation where there’s no length to which her friends will not go for her. It’s a little bit of a friend fantasy. She’s what everyone wishes their best friend could be like.” - Mike Schur on Leslie Knope