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Tina Fey sat down with her longtime friend Damian Holbrook on Tuesday for a chat as part of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Between many Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season-two spoilers, the writer and actress spoke on many topics, including how early Mean Girls drafts had an R-rating and why she recently — and finally — changed her Emmy voting status.
She really has her Emmy votes ready.
Fey said that she loved FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson so much that it spurred her to call the Television Academy, for the first time in 10 years, and re-categorize her membership so she can vote in the acting categories. “You have to pick which you’re in, and I was always [categorized] as a writer. I could have had acting, but I just never did. I did it just so I could vote for Sterling K. Brown and Sarah Paulson.” Fey comically channeled Marcia Clark in the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. (“Thank God I did it first!” she laughed, saluting Paulson’s performance).
Tina and Amy onscreen?
Though Fey and Amy Poehler became hit co-hosts of the Golden Globes, Fey said that she and her comedy cohort probably will never do a series together. “We’re regarded as a comedy team, which is certainly fine by me,” she explained. “But I think we both know this to be true — it’s because we’re actually both alphas. So it works in short spurts, but I don’t know if we would make a real dynasty.”
Mean Girls was supposed to center on Fey.
Fey was originally inspired to pen the hit Paramount comedy when she read a New York Times article about a counselor who traveled the country holding “relational aggression” workshops for high schoolers. Initially, the film was supposed to center on this character, played by Fey, but “the more I started working on the script, the smaller and smaller my part got because the girls were more interesting.” As she continued to pen new drafts, the rating changed, as the original language mirrored real-life insults more accurately. “It started as an R, and then it slowly moved to be cleaner and better.”
Yes, she did audition for Into the Woods.
Fey has joked that she auditioned as the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, but it turns out she actually did. “I tried to beg my way into that movie,” she laughed. “That was in my weird year off between TV shows. I realized that when people say they’re gonna ‘stretch themselves,’ it just means they’re gonna annoy people.” So where’s that footage? “I’m sure it’s gone by now.”
She has no interest in directing or engaging in social media.
“I just don’t understand or really care about cameras,” Fey said of the former. And of the latter, she revealed her strategy: “I just George W. Bush it: remember, he was like, ‘I don’t read the paper.’ Smart man!”
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