Amy Poehler's Smart Girls Share Stars' #SmartGirlsAsk Answers From The Emmys Red Carpet & It's Everything

If you, like me, were pleasantly surprised by the meaningful content of the Emmys red carpet interviews overall, then you might have Leading Actress In A Comedy nominee Amy Poehler and her friends to thank — because their #SmartGirlsAsk program has a big part in this. #SmartGirlsAsk is a social media project spearheaded by the actress’ Smart Girls initiative (and supported by the Television Academy), and basically encouraged red carpet press to ask female nominees, presenters, and guests about more than just their couture. The Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Twitter account has been soliciting queries from its followers over the last few days so that their Emmy correspondents could ask all the career-related, family-related, and feminism-related questions that fans at home are really interested in knowing. On Sunday night, they shared those answers in real-time, straight from the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

The Smart Girls influence and its starry support (yas, Shonda Rhimes!) seems to have influenced other outlets too. Like — as stunning and chic as Gina Rodriguez’s feathered, bedazzled gown was on the red carpet, that’s not why she was invited to these awards. #SmartGirlsAsk and other thoughtful interviewers gave stars the opportunity to share their passion and professionalism, not just their fashion sense.

Here are some of the best #SmartGirlsAsk answers from the ladies of the 2015 Emmys, and a few gentlemen too!

Edie Falco On Her Proudest Achievement

Nurse Jackie star Falco is a proud mom, and according to her, it's even more difficult than wrangling Tony Soprano.

Kate McKinnon On Her Personal Theme Song

Scandal actress Katie Lowes prompts the comedian to admit her affinity for musical theater.

Amy Schumer On Her Dream Female Late-Night Host

The Late Show With Gloria Steinem? Which petition do I sign?

Alan Cumming On His Favorite Female Lead

Not a controversial answer, but always the right one.

Jane Lynch On Believing In Herself

Don't get discouraged when you're following your dreams, friends: Sue Sylvester says so.

Kiernan Shipka On Getting Creative

The young lady who brought us Sally Draper gets inspired by reading, watching, and listening to art she admires.

John Oliver On An Inspiring Read

This question comes from the legendary Miss Britney Spears, and the HBO comedian/anchor uses the opportunity to shout out humorist and historian Sarah Vowell.

Mo'nique On How Art Can Get At The Truth

The Academy Award winner wants people to tell their own stories, and that sounds like a winning strategy to me.

Billy Eichner On His Dream Female Role

Sleep with one eye open, Eddie Redmayne.

And Boss Lady Amy Poehler On A Cause She Supports

Poehler is a longtime supporter of Worldwide Orphans, has accompanied them on aid trips, and serves as their Ambassador to the Arts.

Can #SmartGirlsAsk come along to every Hollywood award show?