One of the funniest moms on television, 30 Rock star Tina Fey doesn’t have much down time. “I work, and then whenever I have any other time, I’m with my daughter, and then I go to sleep,” she recently admitted. But when the folks at Sesame Street asked if she’d star in their new DVD Tina says it was a no-brainer. The busy mom recently chatted with Parents magazine about comedy, career, and her 3-year-old daughter Alice.
On her latest project – Elmo and the Bookaneers: “Having grown up watching the show, you don’t think twice. If they call and ask if you want to be on Sesame Street, you’re just like, ‘Absolutely! When and where?’ I was excited when I hear I was going to be with Elmo, because Elmo’s a rock star! And when I got to the set I found out what a juicy part I had – a pirate captain. Just the coolest.”
On Alice’s Sesame Street favorites: “We do [watch Sesame Street] sometimes, but we’ve actually tried to cut out morning-time TV because it makes her a bit antsy. She definitely knows the characters, though. She, like most children, is in love with Elmo. And she also likes Murray.”
On their story time picks: “We’ve been reading Little Bear books – he’s sweet. And my old Babar books from when I was a kid. But the number-one story in our household is Peter Pan.”
On her director-in-training: “I try to take [Alice to work] once a week after preschool. Both my husband [Jeff Richmond] and I work here, so it’s nice that she gets to see us. Just recently, she started to sit on the set and yell ‘action’ and ‘cut.’”
On being a famous Mom: “She’s starting to [realize that Mommy is famous] and I’m trying to figure out how to downplay it. I want her to know that to be famous is not really important and not a sign of any kind of merit. But I do like her coming on the set and seeing how different jobs work and that people have different roles in making the show.”
On being a funny Mom: “I think she thinks that Daddy is funnier. And she’s right. She also knows that it’s good to be funny.”