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All About Amy Poehler and Will Arnett’s 2 Sons, Archie and Abel



Amy Poehler and Will Arnett‘s sons are all grown up.

The former couple, who wed in 2003 and separated in 2012, share two teenagers: Archie, 15, and Abel, 13. But despite their public careers. Poehler and Arnett have co-parented their sons away from the spotlight.

Archie and Abel did, however, make brief appearances in an episode of Arnett’s 2023 docuseries Smartless: On the Road. They also had small parts in their father’s 2017 film The Lego Batman Movie.

Recently, in June 2024, the Inside Out 2 actress gave a rare parenting update about her sons on an episode of Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, explaining that giving advice to teenagers isn’t always easy.

“Sometimes I see them disconnect when I’m talking,” she said, adding, “Why can’t we stop at the empathy part and not have to give the fix part?” 

“So I’ve got teens now and I am learning that the way to keep them talking is to not do the second part, to do the part of, that happened to me too,” she explained.

Archie and Abel are also big brothers to Arnett’s third child, Alexander Denison, whom he welcomed in 2020 with his girlfriend Alessandra Brawn.

Here’s everything to know about Amy Poehler and Will Arnett’s two sons, Archie and Abel.

Archibald “Archie” William Emerson Arnett, 15

Will Arnett and Amy Poehler at the Emmy Awards in 2008.
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Poehler and Arnett’s older son, Archibald “Archie” William Emerson Arnett, was born on Oct. 25, 2008. He’s named after his father, whose full name is William Emerson Arnett.

He was born on a Saturday, so his mother’s then-costar Seth Meyers got to share the news of his birth during their Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live. He told a cheering crowd, “Amy Poehler is not here tonight because she is having a baby.”

A few weeks after Archie was born, his proud dad shared during an event: “He’s loving being a baby right now. He’s thinking about smiling. He’s trying to decide if he’s ready or not.” He also said that his son wasn’t making verbal noises yet at the time but that “there are a lot of other noises.”

Poehler also had some sweet words about their son and becoming a mother.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “He’s a sweet boy. Archie’s the best.”

As he has grown, Archie has become more familiar with his parents’ careers, though Arnett and Poehler have preferred to sheiled their children from some aspects of Hollywood.

“They understand that this is my job and there are certain things they like about it,” Arnett told PEOPLE of his sons in 2017. “But if they come to the premiere, they don’t do the red carpet. I don’t want them to experience the showbiz-y part of it.”

In a March 2022 interview with PEOPLE, Poehler also discussed whether or not her sons were interested in Hollywood and her work.

“They do watch it. They tolerate it, but they’re not champing at the bit to watch any of my stuff, to be quite honest,” she said of Archie and Abel. “I mean, the other day we were talking about SNL, and I was like, ‘Who do you think are the best SNL [cast members]?’ And my kids were like, ‘Well, probably [Colin] Jost and [Michael] Che.’ And I said, ‘Not your mother?!’ They said, ‘No.’ ”

Still, Archie has had some small roles in the entertainment industry. He provided his voice for The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, both of which starred his father as Batman.

Abel James Arnett, 13

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Poehler and Arnett’s younger son, Abel James Arnett, was born on Aug. 6, 2010.

When he was just a few months old, Arnett told PEOPLE: “It’s super great, [but] we have been going back to sleepless nights.” He also shared that Archie was warming up to being a big brother.

“I make him say hi to his little brother and he just barely turns around and goes, ‘Hey!’ ” Arnett said. “He’s just being a sweet guy. They both are doing great.”

When Abel was 5, he and his older brother got to attend the premiere of Arnett’s movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Abel, however, opted out of the movie portion.

“​​My little guy is just nervous about movies in general. He claims what separates movies from TV shows is movies have bad guys,” Arnett said. “So he’s very sensitive to that. He’s still into everything about the Turtles. He watches the animated show — both of them do — and he’s really into the idea of that in the abstract.”

In the same interview, Arnett shared that he was coaching the Little League team that both his sons played for.

“I love it, and I probably love it more than they do,” he added.

It appears Abel has also inherited his parents’ comedic chops. In a 2022 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Arnett shared a few funny stories about his and Poehler’s younger son.

“Abel when he was 7, he said to a friend of mine, he burned them and then he said to them ‘you just got burned by a 7-year-old who’s still learning how to tie his shoes!’ ” Arnett shared. “And I was like, wow, that’s so layered, he used his own inability to tie his shoes as a burn on the other person.”

He continued, “And like the other day, Archie said, ‘God, Abel just spews all this nonsense and he just says all this stuff that’s a complete conversation killer,’ and Abel immediately replied, ‘You know who is a conversation killer? John Wayne Gacy.’ ”

Additionally, he’s been known to mess with Arnett from time to time about watching his very adult animated show, BoJack Horseman.

“My little guy, his joke is, ‘I watched BoJack!’ And I always have to double check, ‘You’re kidding, right?’ ‘Yeah, I’m kidding,’ ” Arnett told PEOPLE in 2017.

Just like his older brother, Abel has dipped a toe into the movie world with a small part in his father’s 2017 movie, The Lego Batman Movie.

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