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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IKnow... IKnow0101

I try not to be so judgemental but I hope you are not really serious with this article.  Damn moms just can't get a break.  I just wasted 5 minutes of my life.

Katie Hesney Johnson

Her being in one episode of a show really isn't a "career", and I honestly think it's better having her appear on her mom's show where she gets to call the shots a bit more than some reality T.V. show where the producers call all of the shots. Tina's a smart cookie and she's not about to let Hollywood take advantage of her children. 


OMG!Grow up and stop being a baby!

Miche... Michelephant

Its kind of like take your daughter to work day. I remember going to my mom's work and filing checks in alphabetical order. Tina Fey just has a way cooler job than most moms.

Flori... Floridamom96

And who are you to judge how she raises her daughter?

Laura Holtzman-Game

You should get your facts straight before you spout out a judgemental article like this one. On the episode they show a photo of Tina Fey's character at a wedding as a child. Alice, her daughter, "plays" her as a child in a STILL PHOTO, the one you used in your article. That's the extent of it.  You should recant what you said about Tina Fey since it was completely inaccurate, you bully.


kelli... kelli0585

I feel dumber for having read this.

KayLu... KayLundy3

You are extremely judgemental! Just because her child is acting doesn't mean she isn't a great mom. There are many actors and actresses who acted alongside their child.. and their children turned out just fine..

Texas... TexasGirl512

Well, Suzanne Murray, if you want to blast a mother for exploiting her children on TV I suggest you aim your disdain at Kris Jenner not Tina Fey!

- On a side note: You may want to go back to being a lawyer since you're so good at judging people.

divam... divamomtjcj

whats the big deal?îts only one show. maybe her daughter wanted to know what it was like. how can children learn or experience anything if they are not allowed to explore? either was im sure the paparazzi chases her daughter anyway

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