Tina Fey: Q&A

A Mean Girls novel on the cards?

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Smart, funny, and not to mention the writer of eternal ELLE-favourite, Mean Girls: when it comes to Tina Fey, the list goes on. Our gushy behaviour only worsened when our ELLE April issue Q&A alerted us to just how talented and hardworking the comedian/actress/producer/co-host is... Okay we already knew.

Now, ELLE chats to Tina about Muppets Most Wanted, getting starstruck, and a potential Mean Girls novel...

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What was the most surreal moment on the set of ?

We were filming in London, and went to a dance rehearsal at Pinewood Studios. I walked in to see Ray Liotta and Jermaine Clement dancing really hard with 50 professional male dancers and Ray saying, ‘Let’s do it again guys, I think it’s getting there.’ I remember thinking, this is madness.

Do you still get starstruck?

Less and less, I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older and I don’t care. I was pretty starstruck the first time I met Lily Tomlin. Usually if there’s really someone I think is a big deal, I don’t want to meet them. I just want to stare at them creepily from across the room.

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Did you ever ask for autographs when you were younger?

I’m much more of a skulker. I did go up to Martin Short once after a play. I was like 22 years old and I didn’t have the social graces to ask for an autograph; I just stood there and held my programme up like a mute. It makes me sympathetic when people now come up to me. You can tell when someone’s excited to see you because they actually like your show, rather than someone who just says, ‘What are you on? Can I get a picture with you?’

How was the process of writing Bossypants?

I found it very nerve-wracking to write. I thought, if this book is wholly rejected, it will feel very personal. I was really stressed out when I was trying to finish it. That said, I was so relieved that people did like it. There are no other books in the works but I always wished I had done a novelization of Mean Girls because I have so many different drafts of it. Maybe I’ll do it on the 50th anniversary!

What sitcom or movie would you want to live in?

I’d want to live in Annie Hall or the original Willie Wonka.

Were you a film fan growing up?

Comedies, yes. My oldest daughter is 8 and showing her Back to the Future or Singing in the Rain is great.

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