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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