Tina Fey is one of the coolest moms on the planet. It's not just because she created one of the coolest shows in TV history (30 Rock) or the fact that everything that comes out of her mouth leaves us ROFLOL. No. We LOVE the fact that she tells it like it is. Take her action plan for when sweet, 7-year-old daughter Alice turns into a moody teen: "When she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister, Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, For I will not have that Shit. I will not have it," she wrote in her bestseller Bossypants. Gotta love it. Every mom to a future eye-rolling, midriff-baring girl can relate! Now starring in Admission (in theaters March 22), she cracks us up as a college admissions counselor who meets an applicant that may be the son she gave up for adoption. Tina sat down with The Stir to chat about her new role and share more on life in Mommywood. Check it out.
There was a spot-on scene in the last 30 Rock where -- as a new mom -- you join an online chat group for moms and get into a cat fight. Do you go to mommy blogs in real life? That was definitely built on experience with things I have seen. I have never gone to one. I don’t know how to post to those. So I promise you I have never posted. I have seen people pretending to be me post on Urban Baby. I had a friend call me and say, "Are you on Urban Baby?" I said no. I didn't know what that was. I think some of them have some of the worst human behavior ever. Terrible. There is no one running those sites or they would fix it.
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What do you know now that you didn't before you had kids? I think when your kids are really little, you just think, OK, I am going to look at What to Expect the First Year. But I got into a rut. I would still be treating the 11-month-old with the routine I had set up at 6 months. You kinda learn the longer you do it that their needs keep changing.
Your daughter Alice is in grade school. Do you think it's harder to get into Princeton or an NYC kindergarten? A New York City kindergarten. So many kids on this little island. Plus, how can you possibly evaluate a 5-year-old? What if you get them and they have to poop? If they have to poop, it’s over.
What about this "mommy role" in Admission interested you? With so many roles where women are chasing motherhood, I thought this was very interesting that this one was very clear that she did not want to be a mother. She did not want to be married or experience any of that. She had to face the reality that, whoa, this person does exist. How is this gonna work within your life? It was a nice thing I hadn't seen before.
What did you learn about getting your kid into Princeton when they come of age? Hopefully what we've learned is that it doesn't matter if they get into Princeton. They will learn a lot in the army.
Your character talked about where your kid gets into college is a reflection of your parenting. Do you think that's true? I do think the line is very true. People think it is a referendum on their parenting. It’s a dangerous trap that we all fall into. Like, I will go too far and bring in the nicest cookies for the cookie thing. And then later they are on the ground and it doesn't matter. I think avoiding those kind of traps and just be present for your children is best. It’s a lifelong lesson that I keep trying to learn.
Watch a clip of Admission:
What do you know now that you wish you had known before having kids?
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Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside