As Amy Poehler and Tina Fey signed off after hosting the Golden Globes on Sunday night, we caught a glimpse of something drawn on Poehler’s hand as she waved at the camera. It was only visible for a moment, but it was clear enough to get us wondering what she had on her hand. Turns out, Poehler was actually representing an upcoming project of hers.
The doodle on Poehler’s hand is a pattern featuring a star, which is part of the key art for Moxie, her upcoming Netflix movie. Moxie, which Poehler is directing and producing in addition to having a costarring role, is a teen dramedy based on a novel of the same name by Jennifer Mathieu. It stars Hadley Robinson as a high school student who becomes fed up with the culture of popularity and sexism at her school. After learning about her mother’s rebellious, outspoken teenage years, she decides to take things into her own hands and publish an anonymous zine calling out the worst and most toxic elements of her school’s social structure. What results is a bigger and broader rebellion than she ever could have dreamed.
In the trailer for the movie, there are a few shots where the characters have similar doodles on their hands, combining stars and hearts across their hands and wrists, and the doodles actually are a plot point. “[The zine] says to draw hearts and stars on your hands to show support,” the narration says over one shot of several characters doing just that.
Incidentally (or perhaps not), Moxie is set to arrive on Netflix this coming Friday, March 3, making it the perfect time for Poehler to be repping her latest project! It’s an obscure reference for now, but it’s a very cute and fairly subtle way for Poehler to tap into her movie’s message of support for one another, especially on a night where white celebrities like Poehler and several others, including Jane Fonda and Dan Levy, made a point to speak in support of the BIPOC in the industry and the ongoing issues with diversity in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.