The former Saturday Night Live co-stars have terrific chemistry both onscreen and off. During their time on SNL, they starred opposite each other in some of the show’s most successful sketches — most notably, those now-famous Sarah Palin/Hillary Clinton/Katie Couric skits from the 2008 presidential election, featuring Fey as Palin and Poehler as Clinton/Couric. They also appeared in two movies (Mean Girls and Baby Mama) and have performed improv comedy together at New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade.
Earlier this year, Fey paid tribute to her pal in her book, Bossypants. “Weirdly, I remember thinking, ‘My friend is here! My friend is here!’” Fey wrote in a chapter called “I Don’t Care If You Like It (One in a series of love letters to Amy Poehler).” “Even though things had been going great for me at the show, with Amy there, I felt less alone.”
Hilary Swank and Mariska Hargitay
The Oscar-winner can't say enough nice things about her longtime friend, who's currently in her last season on Law & Order: SVU. "Mariska has helped me through life-changing times but also helped me find moments of celebration," Swank raved in Ladies' Home Journal. "She's a real girl's girl. She's not threatened by strong women, and that's rare in this business."
The fact that Hargitay herself is a strong woman probably has something to do with it. "I feel blessed to stand amongst such powerful and like-minded women," the TV star told PopWrap of her girlfriends. "I think we're birds of a feather."
Swank agrees. She says the two bonded after she and her ex-husband, actor Chad Lowe, split up in 2006. "Our friendship became deeper," she revealed to More magazine. "I leaned on her, and she took my weight — and I am very grateful." Not that it's always about hard times and heartache. Swank stays with Hargitay whenever she's on location in New York, and "last time, we literally sat in her closet 'til 3 a.m., talking, going through clothes, and laughing — and she had a 7 a.m. call time!" Swank says. "She's my family."