SEATTLE — Like the characters they play, the stars of Wine Country have been friends for a quarter century –brought together by Saturday Night Live.
The film is Amy Poehler’s directorial debut and the cast includes Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph Paula Pell, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer and Emily Spivey.
The movie is based on an actual birthday trip they took for Dratch’s 50th birthday and the dialogue offers a window into their world.
"There's a lot of blending between what we actually say and what the characters say,” Poehler said.
Rudolph added that their friendships have changed in positive ways as they’ve moved from their 20’s into their 40’s and 50’s.
"I think it's adopted all of our growth, so I think it's really shaped and shifted along with us,” she said. “To me, that's really the mark of a wonderful friendship - something that is able to change and renew and grow."
In the film, Poehler’s character says her perfect alternate life would be running a “crunchy bookstore” in Seattle. Turns out, it’s not much different in real life.
"I love books, the physical nature of books, so I would love to line books up and re-arrange them, and then open them up and put bookmarks in them, and then just be in a quiet store and have it rain a lot,” she said.
Pell would focus on her true love: dogs.
“I'd be running a dog sanctuary of some sort,” she said. “An old stinky dog sanctuary."
Wine Country premieres on Netflix May 10.
Travel and accommodations provided by Netflix.