Tina Fey really went all out with the sexy, while Alec Baldwin kept it a little more casual at last night's Gotham Magazine Gala in NYC. The dynamic duo share the cover of the glossy this month, and inside the pages Tina Fey talks about not being all hot. Think again, Vixen. Anyway, now that the writers' strike is officially over, I for one can't wait to come running back to TV for new episodes of 30 Rock. Seriously, if you're not watching this show you definitely should. Maybe reading some of their funny interview will help convince you. Here are highlights:
- Tina on the future of 30 Rock: I think Alec being on the show bought us a lot of time. He’s such a brilliant actor and he’s not someone you get to see for free on TV. I think he absolutely bought us the whole first year. But I think that people who see the show really do like it; it’s just a question of getting people to try it out. We have the label of a “low-rated” or “poorly rated” show, but we’re doing better this year. And it’s weird, because on the same day I’ll see us referred to as “the low-rated 30 Rock” in the paper, and then I’ll read “the hit show Gossip Girl.” We rate higher than Gossip Girl, but there’s a different expectation [when a show is] on NBC as opposed to the CW.
Gotham: Have you seen Gossip Girl?
TF: No, but the children on it are very beautiful.
- Tina's resolutions for 2008: Maybe an attempt at a less vulgar life. Less cursing, less bile. I sort of got into trouble last year — I went on Howard Stern and ran my mouth a little bit about Paris Hilton. [Fey called Hilton a “piece of s—-” and said she “looks like a tranny,” among other things.] Not only was that not the right way for a 37-year-old woman to behave, but I went to my gynecologist for my yearly checkup shortly thereafter and she was like, “I read that thing [you said about Paris Hilton] in the paper. That was very hostile. Are you all right?” And I was like, You know what? You’re right. That was very hostile. What business is it of mine? So, starting there: being less vulgar and more . . . kind isn’t the right word for it. Perhaps more “Christian” in my dealings with people. Yeah, less vulgar. More Christian.
To see what Alec has to say, plus more photos including Ally Hilfiger, James Lipton, and Jesse McCartney, just
- Alec on being the reason 30 Rock wasn't cancelled: I think it’s nice when people say that. I’ve heard people say, “Oh, the show wouldn’t be the same if you left,” because I was thinking of leaving earlier on. And that’s flattering on the one hand, but I don’t think it’s really honest — which is to say, you can’t be funny unless you have good writing. The two go hand in hand. It’s like someone writes good songs and somebody sings them well — but which is more important? I think they’re equally important. The show needed someone, oddly enough, who had this excess of authority and confidence, because everyone else is a geek or a nerd. Our counterweight to the geekiness and the nerdiness is [my character], an overbearing corporate executive.
- Alec on resolutions for 2008: My resolution is to rest. I’m going to walk through the park, go to the movies, and rest. It’s been a tough year. With the strike and all the crap with my daughter, it’s taken a lot out of me. [Now it’s] time to do things that make me feel good. I want to have a pleasant, simple, easy, and enjoyable year.
Ah, "crap with my daughter." He will totally never learn to keep his mouth shut . . . I can't help it I still love him. As for Tina being nicer to Paris Hilton? I see what she means, but that was still totally hilarious.
Images include: Fonzworth Bentley, Alec Baldwin, Philip Bloch, Ally Hilfiger, James Lipton, Tina Fey, Jesse McCartney