Amy Poehler Plus Cute Pants Equals Hilarity

03/05/2014 at 09:33 AM ET

Amy Poehler pixie pantsCourtesy Old Navy

We had never given much thought to just how delightful pants could be until Amy Poehler entered our lives. The Parks and Recreation star (and PEOPLE favorite) has a new gig — starring in a series of upcoming Old Navy commercials — and they’re just as amusing as you’d expect. We got an exclusive sneak peek at the first ad (and the outtakes) and let’s just say we’re glad we weren’t invited to the set, since we would have ruined every take by laughing.

“I’m basically the Daniel Day Lewis of commercials,” Poehler says of preparing for her role. Well, make that roles. “I’m going to be playing a bunch of different characters and you know I disappear when I play my characters.” Judging from the spot below, that means all the delivery men in L.A. should be walking very carefully in case Poehler’s still Method acting.

She also says that despite the glitz, glamour and red carpets that come with her job, she’s still a practical shopper. “I grew up very middle class,” she says. “My parents were both elementary school teachers and we always were looking for good deals and I still have that feeling.”

Now that you’re back from watching the outtakes a time (or four), wondering what Poehler has planned for the rest of 2014? “This year it’s about urgency, fashion, people, food, life, kids, love, the sun, the moon, it’s a big year.” Well, we certainly aren’t going to argue with that.

Let us know what you think of Amy’s ads below! Are you excited to see what else is next for her and Old Navy?

–Alex Apatoff

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Tina on

She’s funny. Like her a lot.

Caroline A on

I’m a big fan of Amy Poehler, but I am not a fan of these commercials. Hugely disappointed in Old Navy for airing commercials that so blatently sexualize a woman. Really? Staring at that hind end of that actress for half the commercial? When Old Navy releases their menswear commercials doing the same, I’ll retract my statement.

Danielle on

While I agree that by the time I was done watching the outtakes I was done looking at her rear, I went back and watched the actual commercial again and it is not as prevelant as it seems after you’ve been watching the outtakes. In the actual commercial, it is not on the screen that much. It makes sense to show how the pants fit. Most women immediately turn around to see how the pants look from behind when they try on a pair of pants in the dressing room, so I can understand showing her backside in the commercial and do not agree that it is excessive. :)

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