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Amber Tamblyn credits Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer for directorial debut


Actress Amber Tamblyn has Amys Poehler and Schumer to thank for giving her the confidence to direct.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star unveiled her directorial debut, Paint It Black, in New York on Monday night (15May17) – just three months after she and husband David Cross welcomed daughter Marlow – and she credits the two Amys with helping her realize a career dream.

Poehler actually suggested Tamblyn should adapt Janet Fitch’s 2006 novel for the big screen.

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“She has been a friend of mine for a really long time,” Amber said at the premiere. “I give her full credit.”

Both Poehler and Schumer attended the screening, along with Amber’s Sisterhood castmates, and Amber was thrilled to see the Trainwreck star.

“I really, I adore her and she’s amazing and she’s somebody that fills me with a lot of joy,” she told news show Entertainment Tonight, revealing she and Schumer are part of a “text chain” with Girls star Lena Dunham.

“We support each other and give each other a lot of love,” Tamblyn said, joking that their texts are “mostly just, like, pictures of zits.”

Schumer posted a premiere photo to Instagram and heaped praise on her pal, stating: “Constantly blown away by my brilliant friend @amberrosetamblyn. Her film #paintitblack will stop your heart and light it on fire.”

Amber also adapted the screenplay for Paint It Black, which features British heavyweights Janet McTeer and Alfred Molina, Annabelle Attanasio, Alia Shawkat, and Ashley Blaine Featherson, and focuses on the struggles of a young woman following the death of her partner.

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