“I felt like they were able to accentuate the uniqueness of the tone because we were on Netflix even more, making the darker underbelly even darker and the lighter tones even lighter on top,” reveals Jane Krakowski as we chat via webcam (watch above) about the second season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” As the sophomore season began, Krakowski’s character of Jacqueline was on a road trip to visit her Native American parents and rediscover herself. Over the course of the next few episodes, the recently-divorced New York socialite contended with the scorn of former friends, a fight to control a gala, medicating her hyperactive son, and ultimately a showdown with her new boyfriend’s family over their love of the poorly named Washington Redskins.
Says this Tony Awards champ, “I think they gave a lot more depth to all the characters and so much growth. I love these characters, and I love how we all so clearly represent and define a certain profile of person in our exaggerated way through the comedic tones and the delicious writing of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.”
Krakowski was nominated as Best Comedy Supporting Actress last year at the Emmys for this role (losing out to Allison Janney for “Mom”). That was her fifth career bid in that category following four for “30 Rock.” She is currently back on Broadway in the acclaimed revival of the tuner “She Loves Me” and contended at the recent Tony Awards for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She won that award in 2003 for “Nine,” having also reaped a bid back in 1990 for “Grand Hotel.”
While she lost this year’s Tony race to Renee Elise Goldsberry (“Hamilton”), she recalls the evening with delight. “I didn’t realize how involved I was going to end up being in the telecast. It was an absolute blast for me, being part of the opening number with James Corden and then of course ‘Carpool Karaoke,’ which to me was one of the favorite things I’ve ever been asked to do.”
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