Superstar funny woman Tina Fey is getting even bigger this month with a Vanity Fair cover shot and interview, to release in January 2009. Still riding the success of her stint as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, she dishes on what it was like in her early years at SNL, what married life is like, and how “30 Rock” is going.
If we learn anything from Tina Fey’s Vanity Fair interview, it’s that she is a rules girl. She plays by the book, and she works hard. When asked what the wildest thing she has ever done is, she answers, “Nothing”. And that time her husband went to a strip club? It didn’t go over so well. In fact, he’s still hearing about it years later. The fact that he used to smoke is “disgusting”. Her husband agrees that they’re boring, but in a good way.
As for the Sarah Palin impersonation, Tina had to have seen that coming as soon as the vice presidential announcement was made. As Vanity Fair explains:
“There had not been such a unanimous national casting decision since Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind.”
And her uncanny character gave SNL its highest ratings since 1994, when a recently healed Nancy Kerrigan hosted. But Tina didn’t look forward to meeting the vice presidential candidate,
“It’s my job to sort of go after this person in a way, but at the same time I know when I meet her, she’s a human being and a mom. She’s not the Devil incarnate or Antichrist.”
When Lorne Michaels first wanted to take Tina from behind the scenes to the front lines of comedy, agent Sue Mengers told him not to because, “She doesn’t have the looks”. In fact, Mengers thought the whole idea stemmed from an affair between the two. Now Tina is a mega success, starring in her own show “30 Rock”, which after being critically acclaimed for two years has finally got the ratings to back it up.
So where does she go from here? Tina doesn’t want to be anywhere else. She is enjoying her work, enjoying being a mother to Alice, and enjoying her marriage. Where else would she want to be?
See more photos of Tina Fey and a video of the Vanity Fair photo shoot below.
Tina Fey Video – “Vanity Fair”