Tina Fey Lets 7-Year-Old Daughter Appear on '30 Rock' & She's Not the Mom We Thought She Was

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tina fey daughterOh Tina Fey, what have you done? We thought you were one of the "good ones" -- so much smarter and more down to earth than the average actor. You wrote the New York Times Bestseller Bossy Pants (and by all accounts, did so yourself), you've won Emmys for your wildly successful show 30 Rock, you've stood up for women's rights, and most importantly you've always just seemed like one of the girls. You are our friend.

You always came off like a regular person -- a mom just like us. So why (why? why? why?) would you let your daughter drink the Hollywood Kool-Aid at such an early age by giving her a role on your TV show?

If you, dear reader, aren't following any of this, here's what happened: On Thursday night's episode of 30 Rock, Fey's character Liz Lemon marries her boyfriend Criss Chros and has a flashback to her first-ever experience in a wedding ... as a flower girl. Lo and behold, the younger version of Lemon -- decked out in a schmaltzy blue dress, matching headpiece and retro over-sized glasses -- is none other than Fey's adorable 7-year-old daughter Alice Zenobia.

There's no denying that Alice has screen presence -- note the disgusted look and Fey's signature eye-roll -- but did Fey really have to start her daughter's screen career quite so young?

Hollywood is a tough, sexist, shallow place. And all of that is something Fey is no doubt well aware of. There's the cruel media (female actresses have to deal with being too fat, too ugly, too skinny, never quite right) and the crazy, often dangerous, paparazzi. Many celebs opt to keep their children out of the limelight and away from a rolling camera until they are least of an age to make decisions about a life of fame for themselves. Yet, this is not the first time that Fey has used her kid for work - Alice appeared in an Americana Express ad with mom when she was just shy of 2 years old. Still, it's frankly surprising that someone as smart and conscious of women's issues as Fey would allow her daughter such an early entree into that world. If Alice is interested in acting or comedy, why not just let her try out for the school play or join a childrens' acting theater? What's the rush?

Of course, in and of itself, Alice's foray into the world of TV on Thursday night was no big deal. It was a quick cameo and her mom  was probably overseeing the whole thing, and had her daughter's back. The problem is, what's going to come next? We all know kids. Alice probably loved it. She's likely going to want more. Bigger parts, speaking roles ... her name in lights. Her face on the cover of US Weekly?

There are moms who get their kids into modeling at a young age or try to get them on TV commercials or reality televison. Honey Boo Boo, anyone? I guess I just never thought that Tina Fey would be one of them.

Would you let your kid embark on an acting career at such an early age?

Image via 30 Rock/NBC

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Andrea Byrd Plate

Wow, I think you're reading too much into this.  There are kids out there, raised away from Hollywood, who want to act-why is it so out there to think that Tina's daughter also wants to act?  Somehow I don't think Tina pushed her kid in front of the camera.

missusmc missusmc

Appearing in her mom's final season of the show that she grew up going to the set is hardly the same as being thrown to the wolves in Hollywood at a young age.  I doubt she will be clubbing any time soon.  It's actually really sweet that she was featured, and she probably had fun doing it.  With TheStir, it's damned if you do and damned if you don't when it comes to parenting decisions.  It's sad how quickly we turn on those we like out of (unnecessary) judgement.

Austin Keenan

  I wouldn't want my kid to embark on an acting career (or any career!) at that age but an occassional appearance here and there with her mom isn't a career.  

onefo... onefootcutiepie

I want my kids to do the things that interest them. I'm sure Tina Fey does too.

cmjaz cmjaz

A little overreacting

JannaM8 JannaM8

So, Suzanne Murray, do you boycott all television shows and movies that have children in them so that you don't contribute to the tough, sexist, shallow place that is Hollywood? Do you not shop at stores that use children in their catalogs so you can protest child modeling? You seem to know who Honey Boo Boo is (I had to look it up), d o you never watch reality television that involves children in protest of how damaging it is to them?  Somehow........ I doubt it.

kelti... kelticmom

How in hell is her daughter appearing in one scene of her mother's show the same as exploiting your child for money, like Honey Boo Boo? It's totally different. And as another poster put it, do you not watch any movies or shows that feature children? Shirley Temple, Mickey Rooney, Hillary Duff, Camilla Bell, Dakota Fanning, Haley Joel Osmet, Selena Gomez, Victoria Justice, etc ---- all child stars that managed to grow up normal. The good ones far out weigh the Lindsay Lohans, Amanda Bynes and Macaulay Culkins.

piggy... piggy11721

Your rediculous, author. This article is dumb.

early... earlybird11

Drama much ? She is in the hollywood life whether she was on the screen or not

iicar... iicarmerin

Judgemental much?? She's not a stage mom pushing this on her kid. I would allow my child to explore what interests her. If acting is one of those things I don't see a problem.

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