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Tina Fey

Tina Fey

Birthday: 18 May 1970, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth Name: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey
Height: 164 cm

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant p ...Show more

Tina Fey
[on her resemblance to Sarah Palin] I was resistant to acknowledge there was a resemblance. But my k Show more [on her resemblance to Sarah Palin] I was resistant to acknowledge there was a resemblance. But my kid saw her and said, "That's Mommy", so I thought, "Oh, great.". Hide
30 Rock (2006)'s fast-talking style comes from the fact that our show needs to be two and a half min Show more 30 Rock (2006)'s fast-talking style comes from the fact that our show needs to be two and a half minutes longer than it is - I'm trying to fit five pounds' worth of ideas into a two-pound bag. Hide
[on first drawing up 30 Rock (2006)] We wanted to make sure that everything we did with Liz Lemon ra Show more [on first drawing up 30 Rock (2006)] We wanted to make sure that everything we did with Liz Lemon rang true on some level - to me or to one of the other women in the room. And we did kind of know we were going into her as... well, as the opposite of a Sex and the City (1998) character. She's not about wish fulfillment or fantasy. I personally am a big fan of SATC - but it's pretty and it's fun to watch, like candy. One is a fairy tale, and the other is a grim fairy tale. I do really enjoy Sex and the City (1998) in spite of what I just said. I think I identify with Miranda. The redhead lawyer. I enjoyed her story lines most. Hide
[on Paris Hilton on Saturday Night Live (1975)] She just wanted to make fun of all the girls she hat Show more [on Paris Hilton on Saturday Night Live (1975)] She just wanted to make fun of all the girls she hates. She was like, "Jessica Simpson, I hate her." She would come in the room and say, "You should do a show about 'Jessica Simpson' because she's fat.". Hide
[on her six-week maternity leave] I had to get back to work... NBC has me under contract; the baby a Show more [on her six-week maternity leave] I had to get back to work... NBC has me under contract; the baby and I only have a verbal agreement. Hide
I studied the usual acting methods at college - Stanislavsky and whatnot but none of it really click Show more I studied the usual acting methods at college - Stanislavsky and whatnot but none of it really clicked for me. At the Second City, I learnt that your focus should be entirely on your partner. Suddenly, it all made sense. Hide
[on Paris Hilton] She's a piece of shit. The people at [Saturday Night Live (1975)] were like, "Mayb Show more [on Paris Hilton] She's a piece of shit. The people at [Saturday Night Live (1975)] were like, "Maybe she'll be fun, maybe she won't take herself so seriously." She takes herself so seriously! She's unbelievably dumb and so proud of how dumb she is. She looks like a tranny up close... Also, you would walk down the hall and find what just looked like nasty wads of Barbie hair on the stairs... Her hair is like a Fraggle. Hide
I work, and then whenever I have any other time, I'm with my daughter, and then I go to sleep. I thi Show more I work, and then whenever I have any other time, I'm with my daughter, and then I go to sleep. I think you basically have to abandon the dreams of having any other adult activities in your life. You have to go to sleep whenever your child goes to sleep. That's basically how we're doing it. Hide
Prostitutes in Lyons, France, sent a fax to the government to complain that they are losing business Show more Prostitutes in Lyons, France, sent a fax to the government to complain that they are losing business to Eastern European women who are protected by the Albanian mafia. Okay, first of all, how rough-looking are these French prostitutes that all their customers are running to the Albanians? Secondly, why did they send a fax, and from whence? Do they have a fax machine in the whorehouse, or did they all trundle down to Kinko's - "You fax these, I'll let you shave me." Thirdly, how come French whores know how to work a fax machine, but every time I try to use it, I hit Powersave, or I forget to dial 9? This just proves what my boyfriend always says - that I am dumber than a French whore. Hide
[on the idea of future Sarah Palin skits on Saturday Night Live (1975)] I want to be done playing th Show more [on the idea of future Sarah Palin skits on Saturday Night Live (1975)] I want to be done playing this lady Nov. 5. So, if anybody can help me be done playing this lady Nov. 5, that would be good for me. Hide
I think there's a huge overlap in the middle, where funny is just funny - everyone gets it and laugh Show more I think there's a huge overlap in the middle, where funny is just funny - everyone gets it and laughs at that. But then I think there are certain kinds of jokes that women prefer and certain kinds that men prefer. Like, men will gravitate towards screaming and bears fighting robots. On the female side, if left alone, we will drift towards more and more character detail and minutiae. The tiniest behaviour will amuse us. Hide
I'm not that good looking... nobody is that good looking. I have seen a lot of movie stars and maybe Show more I'm not that good looking... nobody is that good looking. I have seen a lot of movie stars and maybe four are amazing looking. The rest have a team of gay guys who make it happen. Hide
Many of the world's greatest discoveries have been by accident. I mean, look at the Reese's Peanut B Show more Many of the world's greatest discoveries have been by accident. I mean, look at the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup or Botox. There are no mistakes, only beautiful happy accidents. Hide
[her 2009 Emmy Award acceptance speech] Mrs. Palin is an inspiration to working mothers everywhere b Show more [her 2009 Emmy Award acceptance speech] Mrs. Palin is an inspiration to working mothers everywhere because she bailed on her job right before Fourth of July weekend. You are living my dream. Thank you, Mrs. Palin! Hide
Lie and say "Yes! I lost all my baby weight! Can you believe it?". And people will be like "Good for Show more Lie and say "Yes! I lost all my baby weight! Can you believe it?". And people will be like "Good for you!" and they won't really look. Hide
[on wearing a Princess Leia costume for a Saturday Night Live (1975) sketch] You put that costume an Show more [on wearing a Princess Leia costume for a Saturday Night Live (1975) sketch] You put that costume and that wig on and nerds go bananas. People were just staring at me in the hall, all these extras and background people and nerds wanted to talk to me all of a sudden. Guys have a real weird thing for that outfit. Hide
[to Anne Hathaway at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards presentation] You gave a stunning performance in " Show more [to Anne Hathaway at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards presentation] You gave a stunning performance in "Les Miserables". I have not seen someone so totally alone and abandoned like that since you were onstage with James Franco at the Oscars. Hide
I try to keep learning, but I do think there is some... If you ask someone else, they would probably Show more I try to keep learning, but I do think there is some... If you ask someone else, they would probably tell you there is something to do with gender and telling the truth about women. At least, as truthfully as I can see it. To let them be flawed in the way they are flawed. I don't know. I like to write about women, not so much about the way they relate to men, but about the way they relate to each other. And I don't think anyone's really doing it. Hide
Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy. Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.
[on Matthew McConaughey] He was always taking his shirt off, he's like "Yeah, here's my deal, I'm ho Show more [on Matthew McConaughey] He was always taking his shirt off, he's like "Yeah, here's my deal, I'm hot." We had a meeting one day at like 11 o'clock, right before the show and he walks into the meeting shirtless wearing this like old musty sarong... He doesn't smell great, no. Hide
Mary Tyler Moore was a working woman whose storylines were not always about dating and men. They wer Show more Mary Tyler Moore was a working woman whose storylines were not always about dating and men. They were about work friendships and relationships, which is what I feel my adult life has mostly been about. Hide
[on getting her first period at age 10] I knew from commercials that one's menstrual period was a bl Show more [on getting her first period at age 10] I knew from commercials that one's menstrual period was a blue liquid that you poured like laundry detergent onto maxi-pads to test their absorbency. This wasn't blue, so I ignored it for a few hours. Hide
Stepping into the Saturday Night Live (1975) studio for the first time was momentous. The only equiv Show more Stepping into the Saturday Night Live (1975) studio for the first time was momentous. The only equivalent would be doing The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) - stepping into the show that I grew up watching. And it has a live audience. Even with a taped audience, you can get them jacked up and they know it's their job to pretend they like it. But especially in New York, that live audience is a real proving ground. Hide
I am obsessed with things like strippers and Playboy Playmates. I'm obsessed with portraying that as Show more I am obsessed with things like strippers and Playboy Playmates. I'm obsessed with portraying that as how grim I think it is. My friend Stephnie Weir did the best version of a sketch that I was always figuring out how to do. She did it perfectly, playing a stripper at a bachelor party who had to bring her kid because the babysitter fell through. The discomfort of that really makes me laugh. Hide
The cover story of New York Magazine this week is "Baby Panic". This goes perfectly with the other m Show more The cover story of New York Magazine this week is "Baby Panic". This goes perfectly with the other magazines on my coffee table - "Where Are the Babies?" (US), "Why Haven't You Had a Baby?" (People) and "For God's Sake Have a Baby" (Time). Thanks, Time magazine, this is just what I need - another article so depressing that I can actually hear my ovaries curling up. Hide
I had a great time doing [Sarah Palin] but it was one of the strangest things that's ever happened t Show more I had a great time doing [Sarah Palin] but it was one of the strangest things that's ever happened to me. You can grow up thinking, "I want to be on Saturday Night Live (1975) one day" or "I want to be in a movie someday", but you never think, "I hope there's a politician who looks just like me." So much of everything I've ever done has come out of hard work and just hanging in there, being the last one standing at the bar - and then to have that fall in my lap was just crazy. Having done plays in Chicago for two actors and then all of a sudden people are just saying, "Yes! Put the outfit on! You can say whatever you want!". Hide
[on being ridiculed and belittled on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis] You know what? There' Show more [on being ridiculed and belittled on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis] You know what? There's a level of malice to your whole behavior and questioning style that it's kind of humorous, it's actually very cowardly. It's almost like your willfully obtuse in these questions to make some kind of vague point about the fatuous nature of celebrity interviews which is a pretty trod observation but yes we all agree that celebrity interviews are vagrant and empty but at the same time you "asked" me to come here, you asked" me to do this as a favor and I come here and your rude to me almost like you say to yourself "I'm too cool to be caring about a celebrity, at the same time increasing your own "celebrity." Hide
A portion of 30 Rock (2006) is autobiographical. Our world is a little more bent, but the relationsh Show more A portion of 30 Rock (2006) is autobiographical. Our world is a little more bent, but the relationships reflect the kind of over familiarity and competitiveness mixed with friendship mixed with contempt. It's a very, um, specific kind of workplace. The one thing about our show was that we could never portray writers as heroic. They're the least heroic, most cowardly, lazy group of people you could spend time with. Hide
[on comedian Vicki Lawrence] People don't say Thank you Vicki Lawrence enough! [on comedian Vicki Lawrence] People don't say Thank you Vicki Lawrence enough!
I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: you go through big chunks of time where you Show more I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: you go through big chunks of time where you're just thinking, "This is impossible -- oh, this is impossible." Then you just keep going and keep going and you sort of do the impossible. Hide
[on performing in Improv]: You have to be resilient in that world. You have to fight your way in and Show more [on performing in Improv]: You have to be resilient in that world. You have to fight your way in and hopefully you are playing with good players and their give and take is good and they will let you in. I always liken it to basketball. If you get passed to once in a game, you have to learn to make that basket or you don't get passed to again. Hide
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