Jane Krakowski Q&A: ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’
"When I first read episodes one and two, I was blown away. I can't believe Tina has given me this amazing character that is over-the-top, a mess, sincere, and vulnerable," admits Jane Krakowski about her latest Emmy-nominated role in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." In our recent webchat, she discusses the freshman Netflix comedy and partnering again with her "30 Rock" producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.
Krakowski earned four Emmy nominations for "30 Rock" as Best Comedy Supporting Actress for playing diva variety star Jenna Maroney. She now has her fifth career bid in the same category for her role as New York socialite Jacqueline Voorhees.
While both characters are self-absorbed, she and the producers wanted to make sure they distinguished the two ladies from each other. Krakowski says, "There was initially a great comparison between the two. It surprised me a little bit because I knew where the character grew from episodes one through 13. Each episode she grew further and further away from Jenna. Certainly they're written by the same comedic voice with the same timing, so there's going to be a cadence to the comedy and to the dialogue."
For the Emmy voters, Krakowski has submitted the second episode "Kimmy Gets a Job" and is allowed to show emotions as Jacqueline that Jenna didn't have. In that plot, "Kimmy tries to keep her job with the wealthy Voorhees family by throwing a children's birthday party. Jacqueline is devastated when she learns her husband will not attend the party and believes he is cheating on her."