<EM>Shrek the Third</EM>'s Cinderella (Amy Sedaris), Snow White (Amy Poehler), Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), Rapunzel (Maya Rudolph) and Sleeping Beauty (Cheri Oteri) Shrek the Third's Cinderella (Amy Sedaris), Snow White (Amy Poehler), Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), Rapunzel (Maya Rudolph) and Sleeping Beauty (Cheri Oteri)
Shrek the Third

is about to jolt the fairy-tale world. In the third installment of the animated phenomenon (in theaters now), the women save the day. It all starts at the most unlikely event — a baby shower for Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz

). In the midst of the joyful proceedings, the castle of the kingdom of Far Far Away comes under attack. That's when Fiona empowers gal pals Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Cinderella to take charge. TV Guide sat down at the W Hotel in Westwood, California, with Diaz, Amy Sedaris, and Saturday Night Live stars past and present Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cheri Oteri, to find out how they were able to channel their "Inner Warrior." It was, as you can imagine, a hilarious gabfest.

TV Guide: In Shrek the Third you play fairy-tale icons. Whom do you play, and is there a comedic twist on the character?
Amy Sedaris/Cinderella: We each have a little quirkiness. Mine is that I am a neat freak and I talk to myself.
Cheri Oteri/Sleeping Beauty: I am a narcoleptic.
Amy Poehler/Snow White: I'm type-A bossy. A taskmaster.
Maya Rudolph/Rapunzel: I'm bald. Bald and bold and beautiful.
Poehler: I see a spin-off.

[A newly blonde Cameron Diaz, aka Fiona, enters the room accompanied by a lot of oohs and aahs and admiration for her four-inch silver stilettos.]

Oteri: Look at those shoes.
Cameron Diaz: Aren't they great?
Oteri: If we wore them it would make us 5-foot-3.


TV Guide: If you could be a fairy-tale princess, whom would you be?
Poehler: Snow White — because she was the least lonely.
Sedaris: Yeah, Snow White because of all the woodland creatures. And she also hangs out with those midgets.
Rudolph: Rapunzel was pretty cool because of the long hair thing. [A wig in this version.]
Oteri: Cinderella, because of the whole stepsister thing. I wanted to be the best-looking stepsister. [Pause] I knew I wasn't going to get Cinderella.
Diaz: I liked Cinderella because of the slipper. I had a thing about a slipper that came in that cool little carriage. But the person I really liked was the Queen with the mirror.
Oteri: And that gay guy in the mirror that told her everything she wanted to hear, like, "You are the fairest of them all."


TV Guide: In most fairy tales, Prince Charming saves the day, but in this movie....
Sedaris: Julie Andrews [as the queen of Far Far Away] saves the day, with that steel plate she's got in her head.
Diaz: What I love about this movie is that it does turn the princess fairy tale on its ear. We are taking traditional princesses and saying, "You can't be that way anymore. You have to step up." I love that they are proactive and not waiting for somebody to do something for them.
Oteri: Ditto.
Rudolph: I'll have what she had.

TV Guide: Why do the princesses decide to be warriors?
Diaz: Prince Charming and his evil forces take over the castle. And we go to the catacombs and run into a brick wall. So Sleeping "Booty"....
[Peels of laughter]
Sedaris: That‘s for the porn film.
Diaz: So Sleeping Beauty [Still laughing] and the others decide that instead of being damsels in distress, wondering when our prince will come, we band together with the help of Julie Andrews to save ourselves. We get kind of badass and burn our bras.

TV Guide: I burned my bra.
Diaz: You did? Put that in the article.

TV Guide: Some of you worked together on Saturday Night Live....
Rudolph: I was just getting there when Cheri left.
Diaz: I worked with Maya, Cheri and Amy.
Sedaris: [Laughing] And I met Cameron at Matthew McConaughey's party in Malibu.

TV Guide: What do you think is the best era of SNL?
Poehler: The next one.
Sedaris: The one you watch when you are 14 is always the best.
Oteri: The very first one was so innovative for that time. That is why I think people get confused when they say it was the best, because they had some pretty bad sketches. I think it ebbs and flows.
Rudolph: [To Oteri] After you left, Jennifer Lopez came [on SNL] and said, "Where's Cheri?" She was looking for you.
Oteri: I [portrayed] her, but I didn't pad my ass. It was a skit about when she and Puff Daddy were going to relationship counseling. And it was with Jamie Foxx.
Rudolph: I wanted to be a friend of Gilda [Radner]. I was such a big fan of the show but maybe not that Anthony Michael Hall year.
Poehler: That was the year I took a tour of New York City when I was in 10th grade and Hall and Robert Downey Jr. were rehearsing on the stage. It was so exciting.
Diaz: When I was really young, it was the first era, the Chevy Chase-John Belushi era. My folks would watch it and I would crawl out of bed at night and down the hall and sneak to the side of the couch and sit there.
Sedaris: There was somebody on it recently who was so good.
Diaz: Jake Gyllenhaal was hilarious in a Dreamgirls opening.
Rudolph: Professional athletes are great.
Diaz: Oh, my god, I loved the one with Peyton Manning. He was holding a boulder and they kept saying, "Drop the rock."

TV Guide: You are all so funny, I wish I could be with you all day instead of just 20 minutes.
Sedaris: Some of us have other plans.

[Another round of laughter]

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