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May 19, 2015 02:40 PM

Mindy Kaling and Amy Poehler felt a bit wrung out by the experience of making Inside Out – but in a good way.

The two funny ladies provide voices for two of the living emotions inside an 11-year-old girl’s head – Poehler plays Joy and Kaling plays Disgust – and spoke to reporters in Cannes about how the experience of working on the film literally reduced them to tears.

“I’m not asked to do that many things,” Kaling, 35, said during a press conference Monday, the same day it premiered, according to Vanity Fair. “I think I am sort of very specific – the way I look and talk and what I am interested in. So I sort of resigned myself to writing my own work … But [I saw] the script was amazing and I went up to Pixar and I cried.”

What caused the tears to flow?

“I think what moved me about it is that it gives voice to a demographic that is not often given voice to,” The Mindy Project creator explained. “I remember being an 11-year-old girl and I did not have a vocabulary to express how I was feeling, and for two men to think it was important to give a voice to that, to have girls go and watch that, it was very moving to me.”

Producer Jonas Rivera recently told the Toronto Star he’ll “never forget” Kaling’s reaction to hearing the story of Inside Out.

“She started to tear up as we were pitching her, and we said, ‘Are you okay?’ And she said, ‘Just the fact that you’re making a movie that tells little girls it’s hard to grow up and it’s okay to be sad about things, it’s really profound.’ ”

Writer/director Pete Docter told reporters at Cannes he got the idea for the film after he witnessed the changes in his own 11-year-old daughter as she entered adolescence.

The plot also resonated with Poehler, 43, who also gamely tuned in to an array of feelings despite depicting the happiest emotion.

“I remember Pete saying, ‘I think you’re just going to cry all day today,’ ” Poehler said, reports Vanity Fair. “And I was like, yes!”

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